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Old 10-30-2015, 07:11 PM   #1
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Changed my cell phone service - Happy!

My wife and I are not a big cell phone users, but we paid a lot for service every month. I know that shilling a company isn't cool here, so let me just say that there are two companies that advertise in AARP's magazine, and one of them is great. We went from $130+/month to less than $25 a month, and bought smartphones with way more capabilities than our old phones outright for $80 each with no contract requirement. We were able to keep our current phone numbers without a hiccup. If you don't use your mobile phones a lot, check out alternatives. I'm glad I did and I wish I had done so sooner!
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We don't use our cell phones much either (I don't anyway). Neither of us even text, and the idea of utilizing many features of a smart phone laughable. So, have been considering the same move for the same reason. My only concerned is regarding coverage. How long ago did you make the switch? Have you experienced any difficulties? Do you know what network you're on? Thanks! -Al
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:39 AM   #3
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My wife and I are not a big cell phone users, but we paid a lot for service every month. I know that shilling a company isn't cool here, so let me just say that there are two companies that advertise in AARP's magazine, and one of them is great. We went from $130+/month to less than $25 a month, and bought smartphones with way more capabilities than our old phones outright for $80 each with no contract requirement. We were able to keep our current phone numbers without a hiccup. If you don't use your mobile phones a lot, check out alternatives. I'm glad I did and I wish I had done so sooner!
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... My only concerned is regarding coverage. How long ago did you make the switch? Have you experienced any difficulties? Do you know what network you're on? Thanks! -Al
I expect you're talking about Consumer Cellular. I agree. Great company to do business with. We switched over to them in early 2011 and upgraded to smart phones a couple of years ago. We get away for less than $48 a month for two phones. They have plans for less but we bought what suited us.

They operate on the AT&T network and we have good coverage most everywhere we've traveled with the exception of a couple of really remote locations.

If you're heavy data users this may not be the company for you though they do offer data plans up to 1GB the last time I looked. Smartphones love to eat data so we have ours programmed to only do updates when on wi-fi. We turn on data only when we specifically need to and haven't exceeded our 150MB yet.

We still carry a Verizon mifi card for when we travel and want Internet access for our netbooks. Probably an age thing, but I can't stand trying to do much of anything on a 5" touchscreen. When Consumer either offers a mifi or hotspot option, then we'll kick Verizon to the curb.
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We have been with Consumer Cellular (AT&T service) for 3 years. Great service, $42 a month total Wife and I, both have smartphones. They will warn you if you are getting close to your service limit and you can add minutes or data for that month (or more) without changing your contracted service. Very convenient if you are traveling. Drop their service at any time, no hassles. no fees.
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Tracfone smartphones on Verizon network. $19.99 gets 180 minutes, 180 texts, 180mb data good for 90 days. $ 29.99 gets double that. If you need more data, you can buy extra.

Wife runs out of time before using it all, has to add at end of 90 days, so when she gets rridculously high available minutes, we transfer them to my phone.
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Re: MiFi, we went to Straighttalk (WalMart) for our needs. 15 dollars for a 1gig/30 day pass - though bigger/longer are available. We renew as necessary prior to leaving on a trip. 3 trips so far this year have resulted in 45 dollars spent. We spent nearly that, EVERY month, when we used ATT MiFi. Service to date has been great. If the cell phones work, we have MiFi. Note that the service is not always that fast though. So far has been more than adequate for email and online reservations. If you're thinking streaming anything, this is not likely a good option. -Al
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Yes, ahicks, (Al) we are now with Consumer Cellular. The networks are AT&T and T-Mobile, with most coverage provided through AT&T. The Motorola phones provided allow Wi-Fi usage when it is available, and can be used as hotspots accessing the cellular network for internet connectivity when no wi-fi is available. So, with the phone as a hotspot, you can use your laptop or i-Pad to do your work--no need to use the phone with the limitations of a 5" screen. It has been great and trouble free.
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