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Old 11-30-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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Just arrived here. Most cities I go to have a cheap cell phone service where there's no credit check or contract. In San Diego I had Cricket, in san fran I had metropcs, in Canada I had Koodo mobile, but they don't have any of those here. I googled and couldn't find anything. What's the cheap phone service in Seattle with no contract or credit check?
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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Cricket is out here.

T-Mobile has a month-to-month plan that (to my knowledge) has no credit check. It's the service I use since it ends up giving me more features and costing less money than signing up for a 2 year contract just so I can get a "free" phone which ends up costing me infinitely more than just purchasing the phone at full price and going with the cheaper month-to-month bill as opposed to the more expensive 2 year contract.

There's a thread about this over in the Science & Technology/Cell Phone forum.
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:39 PM
 
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Virgin mobile offers unlimited data/text plus 300 minutes talk for $25/month, if you want data and don't talk a lot, you can't beat that, you can't even come close. I was paying att more than that just for voice. The drawback is limited network (sprint only, no roaming on verizon's much larger network) so if you are out in the boonies a lot, maybe not a good option. The other drawback is limited phone choices, but they do now have android and blackberry. You won't get a top of the line phone but you will get a very nice phone, and again, it's all about the ridiculously low price when going with virgin. I wanted a phone with 5 mp camera, for instance, but I'm willing to take a 3.2 mp when the overall price (phone + service) is so drastically lower. Most camera phones are no good anyway!

Forgot to say: no credit check and no contracts.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:06 PM
 
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Page Plus runs off of Verizon towers. Either activate an old Verizon phone on Page Plus, or buy a Page Plus phone.

Net10 runs off of AT&T/T-mobile (if you have a GSM phone) or Verizon towers (if you have a CDMA phone).

Both have a good variety of plans (both pay-as-you-go with rollover minutes, or pay per month without rollover but with cheaper $/minute cost).

I had Sprint family, but dropped it and went with Page Plus and Net10 for me and my mom since they get better coverage in the boonies, where I do travel occasionally.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: West Yellowstone, MT
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I got an offer from Verizon for unlimited calls for $38 per month with a 12 month contract. This is very lower for Verizon service. I don't think they would do it without a reason. This tell me something is up in the industry. I think the prices are going to drop drastically in 2011. Verizon's 4G service is being rolled out now, so that may be an important consideration for the future too.
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:12 AM
 
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I agree. Plans are in for many changes in the near future, IMO. The obvious push is for pre-paid plans which make a lot of sense since many, as myself, greatly dislike getting locked into a contract.

One that is very attractive for me is the BoostMobile Unlimited with shrinkage. $50/month to start and gradually by the end of a year and a half (18-months), it's $35/month for unlimited. This points to increasing pressure for competitive plans and pricing in the future by other carriers it would seem to me.

BoostMobile will use the Sprint network as it's a Sprint subsidiary so it may detract from the attractiveness for some because the Sprint Network is not considered to be the very best out there by many.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:52 PM
 
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List of US MVNO - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a good list of the carriers who lease other carrier's towers. Most if not all mvno's offer no contract plans.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA! Finally! :D
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I have Virgin Mobile and haven't had any problems with it. The reception seems to be just as good as my old T-Mobile account where I go.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Issaquah, WA
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Virgin mobile offers unlimited data/text plus 300 minutes talk for $25/month,
Can't see that $25 plan on their website - what's it called ?

I see they have a "BEYOND TALK UNLIMITED PLAN" that starts at $35 per month for 300 mins talk + unlimited text/data

We pay a $30 pre-pay on my son's T-mobile SIM for unlimited data/txts but still have to pay 15c per minute for the in/out voice calls.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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Sorry, old thread - they don't offer that plan anymore.
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