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Old 10-22-2015, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have my mom and dad on my EDGE plan. We have 12GB of data and unlimited talk and test for around $160/month for three users. You have to "finance" the phones initially, at the cost of the phone/20 interest free, but you can pay the phone off on the first month if you want. Once the phone is paid for, you go back to just the plan plus the per line fee. I think it's an excellent deal.
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Old 10-24-2015, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Somebody needs needs to visit Verizon's website and see their new price structure. Att and Verizon are somewhat less expensive than they were a year ago.
I did. I got my bill for one phone reduced from around $115 to $92 (after taxes, fees, etc...). The other poster is using two phones. The phone we have was purchased from Verizon, but is paid off now.
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Old 10-25-2015, 02:32 PM
 
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Are you sure about that price? From my experience the monthly cost would be closer to $160 and up. How are you getting it so cheaply?
Verizon reduced prices for high end data use considerably a few months ago. On the other hand they eliminated some cheaper options.

Verizon's cheapest postpaid smart phone options are $50 for one phone or $70 for two phones (+ taxes and fees). They still have a budget option for $25 for a flip phone (700 daytime minutes per month) with no data. They have not prohibited 3G phones, but there is no financial incentive to get them. If you want to use a 3G smartphone there are Verizon network MVNO's like Total Wireless.
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Verizon reduced prices for high end data use considerably a few months ago. On the other hand they eliminated some cheaper options.

Verizon's cheapest postpaid smart phone options are $50 for one phone or $70 for two phones (+ taxes and fees). They still have a budget option for $25 for a flip phone (700 daytime minutes per month) with no data. They have not prohibited 3G phones, but there is no financial incentive to get them. If you want to use a 3G smartphone there are Verizon network MVNO's like Total Wireless.
Actually. I think he's getting them at that price because of the shared data plan. Our on phone costs almost as much as his two phones. I had incorrectly assumed two phones would nearly double the price. I know they reduced the prices. We already took advantage of that offer..
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Are you sure about that price? From my experience the monthly cost would be closer to $160 and up. How are you getting it so cheaply?
Thank T-Mobile and thank the FTC for blocking AT&T and Sprint from buying them out. T-Mobile has upped their game and upped their network performance (and they're vastly expanding coverage right now), without seriously increasing their prices. They're adding a lot of customers and Verizon is responding to its competition.
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Cricket offers 2.5 GB, plus text, messaging, picture and some WiFi spots for $35. I have a Verizon and AT&T Tracfones with triple minutes and unlimited everything. A 30 minute plan will get you 90 minutes. But. If you don't refill when due it's messy to get reconnected. I bought 2 of the TracFone LG phones and did not like either.

I was fooling around on Overstock the other day and wound up buying a Blu Studio XL Great Design Android Smartphone that rides on AT&T. It's a 3G phone -- (which is important to me as I live in a 3G/WiFi area) ---that takes up to 2 SIM cards and it is unlocked. This Blu Studio phone is nearly identical to the Samsung Galaxy MEGA. On Cricket you can literally have Cricket on one SIM and Straight Talk on the other. It will cost you $75. You can then get a decent flip at Tracfone for $20. Your initial minues will cost you $30.

The Bottom Line: It will be hard to get under $105 monthly for two phones and three carriers after the initialization for all three are paid and the and SIM costs are purchased. The SIMS cost any where from 99 cents to tweety bucks per each - depending upon the seller. .

To keep costs down be patient and choose wisely as you can find hidden gems. Don't use the cell phone to watch a ballgame or a movie to keep your cost down.

Enjoy life. Santa is warming up his sleigh.... Ho, ho, ho!
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Old 11-01-2015, 08:58 PM
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Location: Ohio
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If the OP spends a lot of time in very rural areas that only have 1 provider, the OP may need Verizon. It'll never be the cheapest network, because its customers are subsidizing the extra coverage that none of the others have. That's why, it'll never be the most frugal choice.

It sounds like the OP is resigned to this notion and is just trying to make it a more frugal choice that it is under his current plan.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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How much could one conceivably save per year by going to Best Buy or Walmar5 and buying an unlocked phone should you decide to go with Verizon or AT&T?
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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The cost of the phone on their payment plans. $20-$30/month.
If I understand you correctly.
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:54 PM
 
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I figured I'd post here and update everyone with information that with 6 GB of shared data and with two phones being activated at $20 each since they are smart phones the Verizon bill would be about 100-115 at most with taxes a month.
One way to think about the cost is to ask what it would cost if you got individual plans at Verizon.
As you said it costs 2*$20+$60=$100 for a plan that gives you unlimited talk and text and 6 GB to share.
An individual plan at 3 GB would cost you $20+$35=$55 apiece or $110 for two. So you are saving $10 to share a plan plus you have the option of giving your spouse some data if they have an intense project.

You are probably familiar with this concept as a married man, as you probably share a closet where you get 20% of the space.

Getting More for your Money
https://www.pagepluscellular.com/plans/
Page Plus Cellular is a Verizon MVNO, so you would still have the same coverage. There $55/month plan gives you 5 GB apiece, and then unlimited 2G data.

Getting A Little Less Service for A Lot Less Money
http://sale.totalwireless.com/?utm_source=IMM&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=DR&utm _content=google-mobile&utm_term={keyword}
Total Wireless is another Verizon MVNO gives you 2 phones and 5 GB of data (and additional 1.5 GB for $10) but the big catch is you must use a 3G phone. Your wife may not like the idea, but it does not mean resorting to a flip phone.

The bottom line is that cellular data is expensive. According to some calculations it is 40 times the price of home wifi data. Home wifi systems at 25 Mbps often start at $29.99 per mo. and if they have a cap at all it is usually 300 Gb per month. If you look around, there is often free wifi all around you.

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