• Amber

    I was with Verizon but recently switched to T-Mobile. I wanted an Android phone but didn’t want to pay more than what I was already per month (about $65 after taxes) and if I added in the data plan with Verizon it would be at the least $75 before taxes.

    I bought an unlocked Nexus One and went with T-Mobile’s no contract plan (Everything Plus). I was a little concerned about my minute usage, I generally only call people eves and weekends but never usually spent more than 200 minutes of peak calling a month. However, the rest of my family is on Verizon. I’ve gotten at least 2 full month bills, same deal only 200 peak minutes used. My monthly bill, after taxes, $63.01. There was a $35 service fee to initiate but I was at the end of my contract with Verizon and was able to transfer my number pretty easily. I think it took maybe 6 hours to completely port my number. So I had two cell phones for a time, the N1 to make calls out and my LG to receive calls. That’s how I knew it had switched officially, when I started getting calls on my N1.

    T-Mobile offers two options with their no-contract plans. Option 1: You can basically treat it like a pre-paid account. You pay your bill and when you use up all your minutes that’s it until you pay your bill again. There is no credit check going this route. Option 2: You can treat it like a contract plan, they do a credit check and charge you for any time you go over. Monthly payments as usual.

    I did the math, 2 year contract price for the phone plus the cost of a contract required cell plan with unlimited text and data (almost $20 more a month) or full price for the phone with the no contract cell plan with unlimited text and data. Over a 2 year period of time, you pay more for the contract plan. Plus this way I have an easy out if I want to take it. And when I travel abroad, I can use pre-paid SIMs or just free wifi connections. And yes, I do have a Europe vacation coming up this Fall.

    I was a little concerned with T-Mobile’s coverage area but so far it hasn’t been much different than Verizon. Granted, I pretty much stick within highly populated areas but for where I go it seems to work just fine.

  • UseYourNoodle

    The most inexpensive way to operate a cellphone is with Net10. The phones are the same as you would get with another carrier, the coverage is the same too but it is so much less. I couldn’t believe how much I saved by switching, and no contract either. I can still text and talk to everyone fora lot less.

    • Boxergirl

      Do you have a plan or do you pay as you go. the pay as you go…does that include texts as well?

  • Donna

    At and T bought out my cell phone carrier, and since the ‘transition’ started from June of last year to now, I have been bombarded by outrageous charges and having to prove that my plan will not be changed, well, now I am told that I have to put up with At and T charging me outrageous prices and changing my plan, and I am not the only person that is upset with this corporation. I have been trying to fix this. What happened to them honoring what they say in letters to us, that we won’t be over charged and etc and etc. They do not stand by their promises. This has been the most stressful thing to me, and others are telling me to quit At and T and go to Sprint or Verizon. If they don’t fix the problems to my satisfaction I will probably have to do that. I even asked for the president of At and T’s address so that I could contact him personally with my complaints, but to no avail. I kept getting the run around over and over again. It is not fair that the company should charge the customers for their buying out AllTel. This is what it is amounting to.

    • guest

      I am with sprint and had have had ongoing issues; at least once a year I notice my bill has increased and when I call to find out why it is usually a long drawn out ordeal and on many occasions I have to threaten disconnect to get any results, plus, I end up paying a couple of dollars more per month and have less service because they claim they no longer have the codes to restore the option I originally had; over ten years my 2 line plan has gone up about 50%, despite all of my efforts to keep cost down; some of the issues I have had include being charged for taxes in 2 localities; blocks being taken off of my plan resulting in charges from incoming texts and pictures and accidental internet connections, changes in voicemail (now counting against my minutes when originally free), nights and week ends start and end times changed, land-line calls now count against anytime minutes on nights and weekends (resulting in $80 in overall fees, before I was informed, which I am currently fighting over)… the list goes on but you get the idea… I have literally spent hours of time to resolve these issues and about the time I think things are going smooth, something else comes up.

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  • Dlgrif1

    The real question remains who is in control of your service and for many, since they now depend on their cell phone, their life. When you go to change phones and the old provider changes your plan to remove features you count on (and pay extra for) as verizon has to “unlimited data”, changing providers is your only way of making known your objection because you never get to speak to a real decision maker customer service maker.

    After over 15 years as an Alltel then Verizon Customer I am faced with this! I have paid more in rates and now find they have a different concept of customer service.

  • Ron I.

    With larger companies buying some smaller ones, it gets confusing to pick the best one at the right price. Seems like they got you coming or going. You think you have a good deal until you find out coverage/performance is not as good as the carrier you left at a slightly high cost.

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