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Old 08-03-16, 06:33 PM
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help me choose a cell phone service

till now I always had locked phones but now I have a Samsung galaxy s5 which company should I choose I want it cheap and have like 2 gigs a data
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Old 08-03-16, 07:04 PM
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I have an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Was using MetroPCS before; US$30 everything unlimited -
calling, texting, internet. But I'm a light smartphone user; I have landlines on both my home & office,
same for wifi/internet access. Currently I'm on Ting. Last month's bill was US$20.

https://ting.com/rates?ab=1
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Old 08-03-16, 07:05 PM
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cool I'm on metropcs now ill check out ting
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Old 08-04-16, 07:04 AM
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even in spite of having an "unlocked" phone, you have to be sure the type of signal it uses is also used by your desired carrier.

When I switch, I am going to look at Project Fi, it's Google's phone service using cell from Metro and Sprint when it has to, and available WiFi sources via "voice" when it can. Super inexpensive, like sub $30 a month with around a gig of data.
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Old 08-04-16, 10:06 AM
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I'm paying $40 - $50 bucks a month for Verizon. I signed some kind of 2 or maybe 3 year contract with them and can't wait until it's over so I can switch. Don't know if the phone would work with anybody else's service or not. I like the folding lid phone as it's small and handy to carry in my saddlebag.
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Old 08-04-16, 10:09 AM
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You may have competing overlapping coverage Where You are IDK.

Out Here Verizon has less Holes in the coverage area , there are places where if you had anyone else
There will be no Tower any where close enough. & terrain in the way..

Though I dont own a cell Phone, there is WiFi & Beer in my favorite Bar



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Old 08-04-16, 11:27 AM
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I've been with Ting for a little over two years. They use Sprint's towers. Sprint's service is definitely lacking in certain areas, particularly along Lake Michigan. But it's fine at home and for most places I go. And I pay for what I use. What a concept! Try to get the big boys agree to that business model. My new basic Moto smartphone is unlocked, and took some tweaking of the settings to prevent it from chewing through a crapload of data. But the service is adequate, and it's dirt cheap compared to Verizon, ATT, etc. Just say no to the contract BS. Oh, and depending on the phone you want, Ting can do either phone type, CDMA or GSM. But the coverage will be different for any given area.
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Old 08-04-16, 12:18 PM
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ty for the input everyone
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I had AT&T for a few years and service was so bad I had to go outside to use it. Their customer service sucks too.
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I signed some kind of 2 or maybe 3 year contract with them and can't wait until it's over
Why can't you break your contract? Unless some ruddy-faced guy who smelled of brimstone required you sign in blood, then it's just a matter of paying an early termination fee. Even then, ETFs in recent times are set to ratchet down month by month.

It should be a simple exercise to figure out how much you'd save by switching versus how much it'd cost you break your contract. If the numbers are in your favor, pull the trigger. If they aren't, then wait until they are. Easy Peasy.
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Old 08-04-16, 02:03 PM
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I had AT&T for a few years and service was so bad I had to go outside to use it. Their customer service sucks too.
Great example of how vastly things can differ and why people need to see what works where they need to use it and not rely on anecdotes from different parts of the country.

I had Verizon a few years ago and had the same problem with them that you did with AT&T; I couldn't use my phone unless I went outside on the back deck. My Sprint work phone had the same issue. Yet with AT&T I have full bars everywhere in the house, even in the basement. Verizon would give "No Signal" there. The difference? AT&T & T-Mobile sit on a tower a half mile away with no interfering topography and Verizon's closest tower is three miles the other direction and my house is in the "shadow" of a slight ridgeline that blocks the signal.

Customer service with AT&T hasn't been an issue for me, I've always had good customer service. I think if you activate a "FAN discount" using your work email you end up talking to the business customer service people which may be different.

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Originally Posted by gpburdell View Post
Why can't you break your contract? Unless some ruddy-faced guy who smelled of brimstone required you sign in blood, then it's just a matter of paying an early termination fee. Even then, ETFs in recent times are set to ratchet down month by month.

It should be a simple exercise to figure out how much you'd save by switching versus how much it'd cost you break your contract. If the numbers are in your favor, pull the trigger. If they aren't, then wait until they are. Easy Peasy.
I might do that but I'm about two years into it now. I get pretty good reception where I live and that would be another consideration. The only reason I have a cellphone is for the possible emergency when cycling.

And I'd either like to use the Verizon phone that I have if possible, or another like it with the closable lid over the keyboard.
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Old 08-04-16, 03:50 PM
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cat wait to get my hpone I'm excited to see how the snapdragon 801 is
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I think most big-name companies have no-contract companys on their network:

T-Mobile - metropcs
ATT - cricket
Sprint - virgin
Verizon - ???

Anyway, check coverage to see which has best quality. ATT might be awesome in some areas, but it totally blows here - horrible coverage. Verizon is the big player here. But I find sprint to be almost as good and Virgin mobile has a nice stable (no extra fees like boost, etc) cost. Find a good deal on a compatible phone, sign up for $30/month and sit back with a big grin on your face while Joe Shmoe is paying at least twice+ that.

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Old 08-05-16, 07:23 AM
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I think most big-name companies have no-contract companys on their network
Yep, the industry term is MVNO, though I forget what it stands for right now.

In some regions StraightTalk wireless rides on Verizon's network. I think Net10 as well.

Anyway, check coverage to see which has best quality. ATT might be awesome in some areas, but it totally blows here - horrible coverage.
I couldn't agree more. I will add though that coverage maps don't always tell the whole story. If you look at Verizon's coverage map, my house shows as well covered. The actual reality is different due to local geography. Make sure you can test a new phone/service in all your important places during your trial period.
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Old 08-07-16, 08:41 AM
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I have Tmobile, highly unreliable lately. Looking to leave very soon. I'm in Seattle perhaps they are adding too many customers all at once, they do tend to have best prices and features.
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Old 08-07-16, 12:20 PM
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the phone is gsm btw
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Old 08-13-16, 03:07 PM
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I'm still wit metro pcs since I already payed for this month they are 60 bucks for truly unlimited lte data is there a belter company out there?
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Yep, the industry term is MVNO, though I forget what it stands for right now.
mobile virtual network operator
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