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  1. ThatonedudexP

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    I'll make this as short as possible. :p I've been on ST's $45 plan for about 2.5 years. I realized a few days ago I've been paying for unlimited talk when I never really talk at all... I hopped on the web and started searching for prepaid plans to better fit my lack of chatting. I came across the T-Mobile prepaid $30 plan which includes 100 talk minutes and unlimited text and data. I also found the Virgin Mobile plan for the same thing but 300 talk minutes for $35 a month. T-mobile has better coverage in my area, so I'd like to buy a phone from Google Play store and order a T-mobile sim to place inside it.

    Does anyone know of any other low-talk prepaid plans such as these? Are the phones provided on Google Play store mean they run efficiently on T-Mobile prepaid? I've been with ST and strictly used ST provided phones for nearly 4 years,so this whole switching carriers while using a phone not provided by said carrier seems intimidating. :p Any comments, tips, etc are greatly appreciated. :)
     

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    Consumer Cellular has the potential to keep you bill low depending on how much you use your phone. They run on AT&T towers, though don't have access to the LTE network. Google Play devices should support AT&T or T-Mobile completely, though I believe the Moto G GPE doesn't support T-Mobile's main HSPA frequency.

    I've moved this to the carrier/device comparisons forum for better responses and objective opinions.
     
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    You replied and moved my thread within two seconds. I'm calling you The Flash from now on. :p Thanks for the advice! :) If anyone has any other suggestions, feel free to post them. :)
     
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    I looked into CC a bit. A quick question: Do you have to purchase a talk plan AND a text/data plan together every month? I find it odd that their cheapest talk plan is $10, but you still pay extra for every minute you use. The $15 talk plan + the $20 data/text plan would provide 200 talk minutes, 5,000 texts and 500mb for $35. Not bad :)
     
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    Yeah, they're great for people who aren't glued to their devices. Plus running on AT&T's towers makes it a bargain depending on which package you buy.
     
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    It's hard to make a recommendation without also knowing how much text and data you use because every carrier has different limits for usage. When you only need 500MB a month I'd recommend a different company then if you needed 4GB. If you do need 3-4GB T-Mobile is a good option.

    From your posts it sounds like 100 minutes and 500MB is enough for you - if so I'd check out Ting. They bill based on usage, and those two amounts with them result in very low bills. I have Ting and use WiFi for most data to keep costs down. If they're a good option for you the link in my signature below will save you some money.
     
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    Should be mentioned, Ting uses Sprint's network. Question, can Ting roam on Verizon?
     
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    consumer cellular just added lte access to their plans.
     
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    Yep, Ting gives you free voice and text roaming on Verizon, but no data roaming. Most other Sprint MVNOs (Boost, Virgin Mobile) don't have any roaming.
     
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    Thanks for the replies Kate, jhawkkw, rui-no-onna, and mrnyjet. :) If only Ting used Verizon network and roamed on Sprint LOL. :) Sprint has terrible service in my area. I like the idea behind Ting though. I would have chosen the max data plan for $30 with consumer cellular, but that would make the total $45 for limited talk minutes. With Straight Talk I already pay $45 a month for unlimited talk. :p I believe T-Mobile just added voice/text roaming and hotspotting at the end of last year on their prepaid plans. If anyone has any other advice, feel free to post. :)
     
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    Agree. Seems like all the really good MVNO's are on T-Mobile or Sprint. Nothing quite as innovative on AT&T or Verizon.
     
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    To use Consumer Cellular, would I just buy a sim card off AT&T but activate the phone under CC?
     
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    No, you would have to get them from CC directly. They have a way to purchase them directly on their website.
     
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    you might check Sears, they carry their phones and maybe the sim byop packet also.
     
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    Thank you both for replying! :) That's pretty snazzy, actually. Our small town has a mini-Sears, but I'll stop by. If anyone has any other suggestions please tell them. :)
     

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