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As 4G Seeps In, Verizon Offers Cheap(er) No-Contract 3G Plans

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the talk-to-the-phone dept.

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jfruh writes "U.S. Mobile companies are working hard to get customers on fancy high-speed LTE plans with expensive smartphones. But Verizon is shrewdly working to eke out profit from its older infrastructure as well. The company is offering no-contract pay-as-you-go 3G-only plans, which might appeal to those who don't use a lot of wireless data and who might want to take advantage of the glut of older Android and iOS phones available on the market." It's good to see prices dropping from one of the biggest names in the industry, but it seems there are some cheaper options already around, especially for unlocked phones or for people who don't need data.

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I'm still grandfathered in on Unlimited Data (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42785715)

I wonder what this means for me? I've been a Verizon customer forever (well, for over 10 years). I keep waiting for them to drop my unlimited data plan, but they keep not dropping it. I pay $30 per month.

Re:I'm still grandfathered in on Unlimited Data (3, Informative)

metalmaster (1005171) | about a year and a half ago | (#42785769)

You'll either have to keep the phone you have or buy your phones outright. As soon as you get a new subsidized phone you'll be moved to their new plan model which includes unlimited minutes and text with a bucket of data

Re:I'm still grandfathered in on Unlimited Data (3, Interesting)

radiumsoup (741987) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786361)

I'm on unlimited data still, but my wife is not, and we can't add a new phone to the plan without converting the ENTIRE family plan to the stupidly low total transfer cap. My only recourse, when my daughter gets old enough to get a phone (which is probably this year) is to start up a new contract for my wife and family, and keep my phone on my own plan... or, change to another provider with worse coverage. (I use data a lot for my business, and given the currently usury data prices Verizon charges, I can't be without unlimited data, but my wife uses very little.)

I figure if I don't convert, the more the Verizon bean counters will see that I'm not falling for the new scheme. I'm hoping that a large number of folks will do the same and eventually prompt Verizon to offer an unlimited data plan again, or at least charge a lot less than what they think is reasonable now. If coverage weren't an issue where I live, I'd switch providers and tell Verizon why.

Sprint (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42790663)

Get a contract with Sprint, who roams on the Verizon network. Best of both worlds.

Re:I'm still grandfathered in on Unlimited Data (1)

RoboRay (735839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786377)

Yep, same boat here. I'll be buying my phones second-hand and just swapping the LTE SIM card over to my "new" ones from now on to keep my unlimited plan.

Re:I'm still grandfathered in on Unlimited Data (1)

bartoku (922448) | about a year and a half ago | (#42787419)

I did not know you could hop between Verizon phones so easily now.

Do the Verizon LTE SIM cards carry the credentials for the CDMA network transfer as well?
Or do you need to go in or call Verizon and tell them to transfer the CDMA provisioning to a new device?

Are there any LTE devices that operate on Verizon frequencies but are not from Verizon? CDMA devices?
Is that technically possible, or would Verizon block such a device despite the device accepting the Verizon LTE SIM and frequencies?

Re:I'm still grandfathered in on Unlimited Data (1)

RoboRay (735839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42787665)

Swapping the SIM is a full transfer of all credentials and the phone number itself. No idea about third-party devices capable of using the Verizon network, though.

Re:I'm still grandfathered in on Unlimited Data (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42786771)

You'll either have to keep the phone you have or buy your phones outright. As soon as you get a new subsidized phone you'll be moved to their new plan model which includes unlimited minutes and text with a bucket of data

That may only be true only for Verizon. I was on the AT&T unlimited data plan from my 1st gen iPhone, and when I got the iPhone 4 they grandfathered me in and I still have unlimited data, and got the subsidized phone. A friend did the same thing when he bought his iPhone 5, and got grandfathered in with unlimited LTE.

GSM is a requirement for me now (4, Insightful)

bigdanmoody (599431) | about a year and a half ago | (#42785833)

I had service with Verizon for quite a while. In the last two areas I've lived, they have the best coverage. About a year ago I switched to one of the prepaid services, and although the coverage wasn't as good, the far lower monthly cost made up for it in my reckoning.

A few months ago, I made the switch to one of the GSM prepaid providers, and I'm totally blown away by how convenient it is to have my plan tied to a SIM card rather than a phone. Broken phone? No problem, stick the SIM in an old iPhone 3GS borrowed from a co-worker. The same deal when I upgraded to a Nexus 4, just pop in the SIM card and go.

I can certainly see why this caught on in the rest of the world, and I can see why American cell providers like Verizon and Sprint are against it - I'm sure they make a good bit of money from selling you phones. In my case, I'll never go back to the "old way," regardless of how cheap Verizon might get.

Cramming (3, Informative)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42785905)

I made the switch to one of the GSM prepaid providers, and I'm totally blown away by how convenient it is to have my plan tied to a SIM card rather than a phone. Broken phone? No problem, stick the SIM in an old iPhone 3GS borrowed from a co-worker.

Until the carrier sees the smartphone's IMEI and starts cramming a data plan onto your monthly bill, as we discussed yesterday [slashdot.org] .

Re:Cramming (3, Informative)

bigdanmoody (599431) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786179)

Until the carrier sees the smartphone's IMEI and starts cramming a data plan onto your monthly bill, as we discussed yesterday [slashdot.org] .

In my case, I have 2GB data as part of my prepaid service, and it's still cheaper than postpaid Verizon voice-only service.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (3, Interesting)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786015)

I'm on something like my 4th or 5th cell phone in a decade, all with the same SIM.

Life is so much easier if your phone number and address book can be moved to a new device in a bout a minute.

I can definitely agree that GSM, for me at least, is the way to go.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786119)

Life is so much easier if your phone number and address book can be moved to a new device in a bout a minute.

Life is easier still, esp if phone is lost/stolen, if you don't tie your SIM card to your address book (sync contacts with online service) or phone number (something like Google Voice) .

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (3, Insightful)

jaymz666 (34050) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786165)

Address book on a SIM is irrelevant in the day of cloud syncing

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786651)

Only if you're willing to use cloud syncing.

For those of us who don't trust or want cloud syncing, keeping it on the SIM is still good.

'Irrelevant' to a subset of people, but not to everybody.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

Kotoku (1531373) | about a year and a half ago | (#42787309)

You don't trust Google to keep a basic list of phone numbers? Sounds like you are missing a lot of convience for no reason when you consider it comes as part of a larger package that makes a new phone pick right up where the old one left off.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year and a half ago | (#42787479)

You don't trust Google to keep a basic list of phone numbers?

Why the fuck would I provide Google or any other cloud provider with the phone numbers of my friends and family?

What you call convenience, I call a feature I'm not interested in. I have a Facebook account with no meaningful data associated with it, and they frequently prompt me to give them my password so they can do me the great favor of importing my contacts -- guess what, they'll never get that because I don't want them to have it, and I don't trust them with my password.

I don't give 3rd parties access to my address book or anything else they don't need for the service they're giving me. And, since I have no idea of where that data ends up, and what's being done with it ... the less I provide them the better. In fact, I usually try to make sure they have as little as I can get away with, with some fake stuff thrown in for good measure.

All these companies think that for convenience I'll just hand over that data -- but the level of convenience provided is of minimal in my eyes.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42787641)

Problem with the SIM address book is the 1:1 mapping between person and phone number. But a smart phone can handle the much more realistic 1:N mapping. I have contacts with up to 5 numbers (personal mobile + land line, work mobile + land line + fax) and several email addresses.

I don't know about iOS, Android and Windows Phone but my symbian phone offers local sync via bluetooth with a PC (Outloook and Nokia Ovi Suite).

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

segin (883667) | about a year and a half ago | (#42803019)

Export your contacts as card files. All information, including contact thumbnails, can be exported cleanly and reimported into the new device just as easily. There are some applications that will automate the process on various platforms.

Also, the 3GPP standard allows for each contact three numbers and an email address. All modern SIM cards do include the array files for each field, however, phone support is limited. The only handset I ever used to support the extended record format is an LG CU515.

I can pop my SIM into my PC's smart card slot and use SIM Explorer to verify the extra fields and data are there.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

Aqualung812 (959532) | about a year and a half ago | (#42789853)

Why not roll your own server to store your contacts on IMAP? I just don't like the idea of a single chip that contains a bunch of stuff that I'll miss when I lose it or the chip dies from wear.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

jaymz666 (34050) | about a year and a half ago | (#42791913)

My verizon phones have been syncing my numbers to verizon for years now. Even pre-smartphone. They are not a third party, they even know who I call, when I call and for how long I call.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

sc0ob5 (836562) | about a year and a half ago | (#42792905)

Can't SIMs only hold 250 contacts? I know that's the limit of my SIM. When you have more contacts than that I think you have little other choice to sync your contacts with some external contact list/address book (like an email client) in case your phone dies.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

drijen (919269) | about a year and a half ago | (#42789581)

What will you do when your SIM dies? Those things should be replaced every few years, just from wear.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about a year and a half ago | (#42793371)

I'll have to get a USB SIM reader, they're about $10 but have to be ordered over the internet. I've been postponing this for long because those $10 (or rather 10 euros plus shipping) are meaningful to me, but if I have one, here's insta backup of any kind of phone (dumb or less dumb). Writing the contact repertory from PC to SIM card should be doable too.

The chip itself just never dies, just like the chip on a debit card. It goes on for years and years with a large number of plugging/unplugging if needed. Biggest danger is that of losing your phone (with work and sex opportunities that were in it).

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (0)

fascismforthepeople (2805977) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786187)

This is the power of the market in the US. Carriers like Verizon and Sprint have found that they can maximize profit (while only inconveniencing customers - who are themselves just an inconvenience anyways) by staying to old infrastructure rather than upgrading to GSM. This way they have a lock on the whole system - phones, service, activation, cancellation, etc - and can make sure that the greatest amount of funds possible goes through them.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42788905)

LTE is a GSM tech which Verizon has deployed more of than anyone else in the US. They have also always had better coverage through there "old infrastructure" on pre-LTE tech than there rivals.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (3, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786221)

I agree with this. I switched to a no-contract carrier a couple years ago, and I couldn't be happier. Sure I pay a little more for my phone up front, but I save quite a bit on my monthly bill. On my old carrier, I was paying over $50 a month, which didn't even include any data. Now I'm paying $30 a month for unlimited text, local calls, and data (slowed down after 5GB). At $20 savings a month the phone was paid for before the end of the first year. Plus if my phone breaks, I have the option of just buying a cheap phone to replace it. Carriers have way too much power over subsribers when they are in contracts. They should be illegal. People should pay for their phone up front and be able to switch phones or carriers at any time without incurring a charge.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | about a year and a half ago | (#42788029)

I'm OK with contracts like that being legal - just look at it as a way to keep ahead of the folks who are too lazy to save themselves that money! People are awful good at convincing themselves to consistently overpay for an "unlimited everything" plan "y'know, just in case I need it." I crunched the numbers on my pre-paid plan and figured I'd need to go over on my minutes by about a factor of three to make the cost line up with the unlimited contract plans - and my call history had never, ever been that high. So just like you, I'm $30 a month for the same text and data rates, and a handful of nationwide minutes, plus the benefit of starting with an unlocked phone right off the bat. Never going back to a contract plan again.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (3, Interesting)

RoboRay (735839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786405)

All of Verizon's LTE phones use SIM cards. If you upgraded to a 4G phone before the grandfathering of Unlimited plans was revoked (like I did), you can do everything you're talking about and still keep the unlimited 4G plan.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (2)

LiENUS (207736) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786509)

They use SIM cards for data on 4g. If you're in a 3g only area or want to call someone then your sim isn't in use.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

RoboRay (735839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42787633)

Nope, the entire "activation" of the phone is on the SIM. Phone number and everything swaps when you swap cards.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | about a year and a half ago | (#42788267)

OK, I'm wondering if I'm just doing this wrong. What is everybody using their phones for that takes advantage of data transfer rates that high? I can't figure needing more than 1 or 2 mbps to stream cat videos on youtube or load map tiles in google maps, and my own phone streams Pandora well enough even over EDGE (strange things happen to cell phone signals in my office building). Am I missing out on something fundamental about the smartphone experience that really benefits from a 100mbps LTE network?

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786459)

>I had service with Verizon for quite a while. In the last two areas I've lived, they have the best coverage.

Here, too, plus I travel a lot for work, so I'm stuck with them.

That said, the way they price things out now, I'll never upgrade my phone or plan... switching from my old 3G plan with unlimited data on one line and no data on the other line (wife has a cheap flip phone) to their new plan would entail a 50% greater phone bill, as they charge ridiculous amounts of money for data, and require a $20 monthly surcharge for flip phones.

So, yeah, no thanks. Come back to me when you can meet your 2007 levels of pricing, Verizon.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786529)

>I can certainly see why this caught on in the rest of the world, and I can see why American cell providers like Verizon and Sprint are against it - I'm sure they make a good bit of money from selling you phones.

They don't even have to provide you a phone to make money. Buy a used CDMA phone and you get to pay a fee of $10-$35 to have them activate it on your pre-existing service with them. It's literally a fee for them typing some characters on a computer so you can continue to be their customer.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786979)

and although the coverage wasn't as good, the far lower monthly cost made up for it in my reckoning.

For my use case, a cell phone that gets signal in the most places is the type I need to get. I'm on a $30/mo plan which works fine for what I need, and Verizon's network has at least triple the coverage of the next network here.

A few months ago, I made the switch to one of the GSM prepaid providers, and I'm totally blown away by how convenient it is to have my plan tied to a SIM card rather than a phone. Broken phone? No problem, stick the SIM in an old iPhone 3GS borrowed from a co-worker.

And if you're in an area with only Verizon coverage, you grab an old CDMA phone, call up your Verizon MVNO, press 2, and in 15 minutes you have the old phone connected. Yes, less convenient than a SIM swap, but if the trade-off is very poor signal, not at all unworth it.

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | about a year and a half ago | (#42788079)

Y'know, the thing I liked best about being on Sprint was the shitty coverage. Somebody calls that I don't want to talk to? Oh strange, my phone never rang. Damn yous Sprint!

Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | about a year and a half ago | (#42790065)

Kind of funny with me. My current prepaid MVNO is changing from Sprint CDMA to T-mobile GSM. There is virtually no T-mobile coverage in my state, so I will be changing to another Sprint MVNO. Verizon coverage sucks where I live too, so none of their MVNOs would work either.

Still a bad deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42785849)

You can get not just 3G but LTE (where Sprint has it) on Ting Mobile, with voice roaming to Verizon (Verizon's voice coverage is the main thing they have going for them if you're a light data user), for a lot less than $60 a month.

Luls (4, Interesting)

neminem (561346) | about a year and a half ago | (#42785857)

60 dollars for 500mb of 3g data. I suppose that's cheap for verizon, the king of overcharging you, but considering MetroPCS and TMobile give you unlimited 3g for significantly less (along with potentially not-unlimited 4g), that's still pretty hilarious. Why would anyone pay more for less? It's not like verizon has better customer service (hah!) or even significantly better coverage.

(That said, I'm actually using a much smaller provider called Ting. It's not unlimited anything, but I'm on target to spend a whopping 15 bucks a month on phone service, including data (because I don't use very much data, or very much anything else.))

Re:Luls (1)

neminem (561346) | about a year and a half ago | (#42785903)

Note: if I had paid for a 4g phone, which I didn't cause I preferred buying a perfectly good refurb 3g phone for 25 bucks instead, but if I had, that also would have been "unlimited" 4g, too (i.e. pay for the amount of data you use, but no extra cost for it being at 4g instead of 3g, or any limit to the amount of it that can be 4g.)

Re:Luls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42786031)

It looks like Tiny is actually using Sprint's network.

Re:Luls (1)

neminem (561346) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786155)

They are, though they also allow free roaming to verizon in the US for text and voice (data is still limited to Sprint's network; it sounded like Verizon was going to charge them up the rear for voice roaming, and they said screw you.)

Re:Luls (1)

dubbreak (623656) | about a year and a half ago | (#42787229)

Yeah seems crazy expensive. Last time I was in the US I bought a $10 AT&T flip phone and a $50 plan (they unlucked the sim so I could throw it in my real phone). The $50 (well $60 if you include the POS phone I had to buy to get a sim) was unlimited voice text and more data than I could use (way more than 500mb but I don't remember how much). Verizon's plan sounds as bad as Canadian carriers.

Re:Luls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42787481)

What's even funnier is that I'm paying $40 per month on Boost, for unlimited everything, and there are other plans probably as good.

Oh, spare me - what a crock! (5, Insightful)

GSloop (165220) | about a year and a half ago | (#42785869)

Or, I can sign up with StraightTalk, for $45 a month vs $70 for the same or worse from Verizon. (And taxes/fees on ST are tiny. You know how you almost always pay $5-9 in "extra" fees - well not on ST. The regulatory and recovery fees are less than $1. So that $45 becomes something like $45.92 - not nearly $50.)

I don't know about their StraightTalks's plans on Verizon's networks, but on AT&T, I'm getting LTE - so I expect it's 4G on Verizon's network too.

Ahem. If this is "helping" me, please stop. I really don't need your "help" Verizon.
Somehow I'm not rushing out to pay at last $30 more to get 3G instead of 4G.

Can you say slashvertizement?

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42786117)

When I was in college, I got a Verizon landline for my apartment - $14.00/month for unlimited local-only calling, with no long distance service or any other addons. Unfortunately, the taxes and fees were ~$28 (double the cost of the service itself), bringing the total to ~$42/month.

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (1)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786145)

I've been thinking a lot about Straight Talk but heard there were some cons like no visual voicemail. Are there any other downsides to using them that I can weigh against the savings over AT&T?

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42786273)

"unlimited" data from straighttalk is 2gb.

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42786501)

I use google voice for voicemail transcripts (and screening). You can replace your provided voicemail with google's so that you don't have two boxes. Even better, you can then read/listen/text from a computer as well as your phone. As for other downsides... some phone verification services (like craigslist) stubbornly still refuse to work with prepaid. Also their phone support is not great, but I never use it and I doubt anyone on slashdot would need to either. Howardforums has much more knowledgeable people if you need help. I've had a ST sim for a year (2 phones - iphone and now android) and I'm pretty happy with it.

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42787891)

One tiny thing (may be irrelevent for you): If you bring an iphone to straight talk (the unlocked GSM version) it "assumes" you're using ATT. While you are technically on the ATT network, the APN settings (which can't be changed manually on the iphone, unlike most other phones) need to be made specific for Straight talk for text/MMS to work.

Basically, you can hack it together by running some binary only app from some guy in New Zealand, but otherwise you are SOL.

My wife did this with an iphone 4s, and since I'm paranoid about running 3rd party, binary only software from "some guy", it can not send/recieve MMS (we were able to get txt to work though). Anyway, things may have changed in the past few months...maybe it has been fixed by now.

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42786419)

It's only 3G on verizon's and you have to buy one of their phones so it's a limited selection. On AT&T you can get H+, but not LTE. Still, it's fast enough for me and I've got a nice new unlocked smartphone. I've had straight talk for years and have moved several family members over to it as well.

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42787841)

My understanding about straight talk:

1. If you use a "dumbphone" from straight talk, you'll be on Verizon.
2. If you use a "smartphone" from straight talk, you'll be on Sprint.
3. If you use a sim card from straight talk on your GSM phone, it'll be ATT

You can't use Verizon's network with any data enabled phones on Straight talk.

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42787919)

Straight Talk also sells TMobile sims.

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year and a half ago | (#42787083)

Can you say slashvertizement?

I'm pretty sure I could not, actually. Could you give the phonetic spelling?

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42787109)

ST=StarTac? No wonder your rates are low.

Re:Oh, spare me - what a crock! (1)

Amouth (879122) | about a year and a half ago | (#42787735)

You joke, but if i could reactivate my StarTac i would in a heart beat. the only reason i parted with it was due to the E911 clause required for newly activated phones after 9/11. When my company changed plans i wasn't able to reactivate my phone.

You Gotta' be KIDDIN" me! (2)

Travco (1872216) | about a year and a half ago | (#42785893)

I get 2.5 gig data and messaging and 300min phone for $25 bucks. Of course that deal is not available now, it's gone up to $35. Oh yeah the phone cost $100.

Re:You Gotta' be KIDDIN" me! (4, Informative)

afidel (530433) | about a year and a half ago | (#42787691)

Yep, Virgin Mobile is great, though the new best value for most folks is probably Republic Wireless, $19/month for unlimited text, talk, data. The deal is they use VoIP and WiFi for the vast majority of their users traffic, they handoff to Sprint and then Verizon only if you don't have a WiFi network available. The downside of this is that they only offer one phone and it's running Android 2.3 and since it took them 9+ months to get that working reliably it will be a bit before they do a new phone on ICS/JB.

Re:You Gotta' be KIDDIN" me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42787705)

Virgin Mobile, by any chance?
They've got 4G phones now too, and the $35 wifi dongle plan includes unlimited 4G.

But at $60 for limited data this is not worth it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42785907)

When it comes to 3G data T-Mobile is the fastest.It is only in 4G that Verizon is faster than most.

Their data plans are all unlimited with only the 4G part of it being throttled. For $50 you should be able to get a plan cheaper than Verizon, a phone that will work internationally and faster data speeds [pcworld.com] .

Or if you really want to save money and can live on Sprint network, Virgin and Boost both are approx $40.

Available elsewhere for a while (4, Informative)

sirwired (27582) | about a year and a half ago | (#42786085)

If you like the Verizon network, but don't want to pay Verizon prices, they've "rented" their network out to Page Plus for years now. All I use is voice service, and if purchased in $80 chunks, minutes are 4 cents, and the monthly fee to have a number is fifty cents. All you have to do is supply the phone; any 2G or 3G non-pre-paid Verizon phone will work. For the plans mentioned in the article, Page Plus has had essentially the same available for some time for far less money.

Re:Available elsewhere for a while (1)

bobthecow (67269) | about a year and a half ago | (#42788089)

Right, just go with the $69.95 plan from Page Plus Cellular, and get unlimited talk and messaging and 5GB of data.

Or the $55 plan with 2GB of data.

I was *so happy* when I found them earlier this year after dealing with the terrible service quality on Virgin Mobile.

Have they learned what 0.02 cent means yet? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42787169)

Otherwise they can go fuck themselves.

This is stupid T-Mobil has a 10.00 sim card. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42787285)

and 30 dollar recharge cards in every store.

Irony (1)

neminem (561346) | about a year and a half ago | (#42789389)

Every so often, slashdot decides to uncheck the "Disable advertising" checkbox for me, and I have to go recheck it (after I notice, several days later, when an ad gets through adblock). All totally worth it for this moment: this very page has a banner ad at the top for me, wherein MetroPCS is advertising unlimited 4G-LTE for 60 bucks a month. (Which still seems a -tad- pricey, but then, I don't have 4G yet anyway.)

This is still over priced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42794997)

Cricket offer unlimited talk, text and 2.5 gb before the Big Slowdown for $50.

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