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Old 08-03-2017, 07:04 PM
 
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After using only flip phones, this week we bought our first smartphone, an unlocked Motorola G4 Play at Walmart for $74. We haven't loaded a SIM card yet but have been using our home wi-fi to set it up. Hubby has been pushing for a smartphone because he feels we are falling way behind with technology. Although I'm happy with my flip phone, I understand where he's coming from and was thrilled to find such a good little phone for such a good price.

I have been searching for the best provider for us. We don't need unlimited everything because we won't use it. We decided to give Twigby a try. They run off Sprint with Verizon as a backup, both of which are strong in our area. The SIM card was only $2.99 with free shipping and should be here in a couple of days. With their low prices and service that seems to fit us, I figure it is worth spending $2.99 to see how the service runs. The savings would be great if it works well. With the lowest priced talk combined with the lowest priced data plan, the bill will be $12 monthly plus any standard tax-type fees. Texting and roaming are free. You can choose to participate in their plan to avoid overages or, if you go over, you can agree to bump your service to the next level. It sounds very good, and I'm crossing my fingers Twigby will be the right one.

I know we won't use the smartphone like most do, which is one reason why I've held off on buying one until now. I'll admit that it has been fun setting it up and learning all about it. And, it's nice having another device for the internet since hubby and I share a desktop computer now. It works great on our home wi-fi, and of course I love that because we're paying for wi-fi anyway.
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Old 08-05-2017, 02:04 PM
 
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I've seen cell phones for as high as 700 dollars....in todays world your almost REQUIRED to have a cell phone, which means an additional monthly bill that you didn't have to worry about 15 years ago.

What type of cell phone do you all have and with what carrier?

As crazy as it sounds, I have 2 tracfones (pay as you go and I just add money to them about every month and a half). They both were 19.99 when I bought them!

I still have a house phone and use that mostly. I only use the cell phone when I'm outside and need to make a phone call, which isn't often
We both have Smartphones and use MetroPcs. No landlines for us simply because it would be an unnecessary, extra expense.

But I do admit that if the power ever goes out for an extended period of time and our cells were dead or very low on power at the time, we'd be screwed.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:15 AM
 
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iPhone 6. Always purchase the phone, then use a pre-pay service. I use Verizon pre-pay, at $45 a month unlimited everything, with automatic payment monthly. Only way to go.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:23 PM
 
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iPhone 6. Always purchase the phone, then use a pre-pay service. I use Verizon pre-pay, at $45 a month unlimited everything, with automatic payment monthly. Only way to go.
How is the internet speed with your phone?
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Old 08-20-2017, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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iPhone 6. Always purchase the phone, then use a pre-pay service. I use Verizon pre-pay, at $45 a month unlimited everything, with automatic payment monthly. Only way to go.

That must be an old plan. There's no such plan exist today.
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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An LG V20.

I like the phone but starting to dislike my mobile carrier.

I had been with Sprint for years (15+) and switched to T-Mobile last year because Sprint's customer service had devolved and they kept tacking on various fees and such. I'm not an especially frugal person or easily annoyed by these things but when paired with rude customer service...I finally had enough.

T-Mobile was great at first. Now we are having trouble with them trying to charge for services that we don't use, etc.

I think that my friends with the "pay as you go" plans are the smartest of the bunch...
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:38 AM
 
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Samsung Galaxy S6. It will be paid for next month, and then my wireless bill will only consist of cell service, not the phone payment. I have no plans to upgrade it to a newer phone. And yippee! No early termination fee if I decide to go with another plan besides Verizon's. I will wait and see what my new bill looks like before making a decision.

I use the phone mainly for texting and for making/receiving calls. I rarely turn the wireless or mobile data features on, but I can't say I never do that.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:51 AM
 
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I have a ZTE ZMax Pro Android that I bought for $99 from MetroPCS the plan is only $30 a month. I got this phone because it has 32 G of memory and all the other cheap ones have 8 and half is taken by the operating system and before this I would have to delete apps when I wanted a new one, now I don't have to. It also has a fingerprint sensor which is nice for cheaper phones, a large screen and good cameras.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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That must be an old plan. There's no such plan exist today.
Verizon does offer a pre paid plan with limitations of course.
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Old 08-28-2017, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Follow the oil exhaust cloud until you run out of gas, then turn left
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A Crapple (i.e. expensive throwaway toy) phone from work so they foot the bill. They issued those stupid things to everybody 3 years or so ago. I still give everybody the direct number to my desk like I always have done. I don't even remember the last time I turned it on in fact I don't think I've even taken it out of the box. Betcha the nonreplaceable battery's probably completely shot.

Cell phones are a tether. I hate cell phones. Hate hate hate hate hate cell phones. Hate them. If it were up to me I wouldn't have one at all, though as it is I practically don't anyways. I refuse to use them because I really don't want to start down that extremely slippery slope of beconming one of "those people". I'd like to think I've learned my lesson from watching the kind of mindless zombie slave my dad has let himself become to his over the last 15+ years. No thanks. Life is stressful enough without all that added grief.</rant>

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