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Old 06-23-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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I know this is always a YMMV situation, but does anyone have a favorite cell carrier to recommend? I'm looking for a nationwide family (2 line) plan on the cheap end of the spectrum. I don't need data or texting at this point.

I've gotten spoiled on iWireless here in Iowa, which is a regional affiliate of T-mobile. I've got two lines with ~700 shared minutes per month for $60/mo. The real sweet part is that free night and weekends start at 5pm!

I suppose its wishful thinking to imagine that I'd find something like that again?
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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We have Verizon mainly because it has the biggest network and no issues, for us anyway, with dead zones, dropped calls, etc. I think their base plan is similar in price. Just be aware that most cell phone companies are moving toward the smartphone market and it is difficult to get a non-smartphone anywhere. With the smartphone comes a data plan. If you get a basic smartphone, that plan with Verizon is $9.99/month. The unlimited plan is $29.99.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:49 AM
 
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We have Verizon mainly because it has the biggest network and no issues, for us anyway, with dead zones, dropped calls, etc. I think their base plan is similar in price. Just be aware that most cell phone companies are moving toward the smartphone market and it is difficult to get a non-smartphone anywhere. With the smartphone comes a data plan. If you get a basic smartphone, that plan with Verizon is $9.99/month. The unlimited plan is $29.99.
Yeah, I'm not exactly the customer most companies are clamoring for. The nice thing is that I can find the occasional wi-fi capable smart-phone for free with just a regular voice plan, which would be nice.

I should just go back to straight land-line.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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Yeah, I'm not exactly the customer most companies are clamoring for. The nice thing is that I can find the occasional wi-fi capable smart-phone for free with just a regular voice plan, which would be nice.

I should just go back to straight land-line.
I have to say that having a smartphone sure has come in handy many, many times. I use mine for my GPS, checking the radar when sirens go off for unexplained reasons, looking up phone numbers when out and about, making dinner reservations when you have last minute plans when you are out and about, using it as a hotspot for my laptop on LONG car trips, etc. I am sure I could live without it but it sure is nice having it.
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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What smartphone do you have gg?
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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I have to say that having a smartphone sure has come in handy many, many times. I use mine for my GPS, checking the radar when sirens go off for unexplained reasons, looking up phone numbers when out and about, making dinner reservations when you have last minute plans when you are out and about, using it as a hotspot for my laptop on LONG car trips, etc. I am sure I could live without it but it sure is nice having it.
That's exactly my concern. I know that once I make that leap I'd be hard-pressed to go back, so I want to put it off as long as possible. Like until I have an employer willing to pay for it.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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The majority of people in the Twin Cities (and really, the entire nation) are on either Verizon or AT&T. I've had both, but for the last roughly 2 years, I've been using AT&T. My experience has been mostly positive (at least no more negative than with Verizon), though I've been lucky enough that I'm still on my dad's plan and because I don't make enough money to cover food, rent, and a cell phone while in school, my phone is paid for.

I checked family plans for both and for 700 minutes with nothing else, they both cost $69.99. However, AT&T also has a plan with 550 minutes for $59.99. Both have nights and weekend minutes. One perk of AT&T would be if you aren't using all of your minutes, they roll over to the next month (and I believe for up to 12 months) so you can avoid overages.
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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I personally like Verizon, but I have a coworker who just switched to Virgin (which uses the Sprint network I believe). I think he pays $40 for 1200 minutes (I think) plus unlimited texting and data....for one phone. So his wife has the same plan....maybe they share minutes...I really can't remember. But if you aren't picky about the phone, it might be worth looking into.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:01 PM
 
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I've had a Verizon wireless account for about 5 years, it's worked well here and in the DC area.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:00 PM
 
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That's exactly my concern. I know that once I make that leap I'd be hard-pressed to go back, so I want to put it off as long as possible. Like until I have an employer willing to pay for it.
You're like me. I already have PCs, laptops, web tablets, and a phone paid for by work. I obviously like techie toys, but a smart phone from work is the logical next step. *crossing fingers*
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