new cell phone plan

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  1. 84superchamp

    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    After consistently going over my gig usage and paying $15 for each additional gig, i conferred with at&t for a new plan: unlimited use for $5 less than my current plan BUT a D/L speed slowdown after 2 gigs of use. I sez "i can live with that!".
    Well no, i can't. What i envisioned as maybe 1/2 speed is akin to dialup. I've given up on links posted here, growing a beard while waiting for a link to load.
    Anyone else on a "slowdown plan". Is it reasonable or closer to unbearable?
     
  2. GuitarGuy66

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    I have 20gb on my plan with no slow-down.
     
  3. markdub

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    What are you paying for this "unlimited yet slow after 2GB" plan, and is it just you or do you have the plan for others in the house too?
     
  4. Fred Farkus

    Fred Farkus Gold Supporting Member

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    We dumped at&t last fall and went with T-Mobile. No regrets. Bill is 1/2 - 2/3 of att bill and unlimited data. No extra charges. None. Good cell coverage and can run cell over wi-fi when out of range. Easy to use it for a wi-fi hot spot for the laptop, although I haven't tried that yet.
     
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    The purpose of this plan is so that you won't run up data overages (not really but that's how they sell it) and (the real reason);so that you'll pay for more data than you actually need so that you won't hit the slowdown wall when you really need the data.
     
  6. markdub

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    We switched a couple months ago to T-Mobile too. Great pricing, and their phone customer/technical service reps are refreshingly good to deal with IMO.
     
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    I've been using MetroPCS for about 12 years. $60 unlimited with no slow down. I believe it's the same as T-Mobile.
     
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    I have 5 GB plan on Cricket for $35/mo and prob use less than half of it, prob more like 20% of it.

    if ya live where you can dump AT&T or Verizon, savings can be had.
     
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    I put my mother on a shared plan with me for a total of 10GB, which ends up being 9.5GB for me. It's only $20 more than what I was paying for just myself and 2GB.
     
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    Sprint currently has some pretty aggressive pricing for unlimited usage + 10gb hotspot included. Been with them for over 15yrs w/ no issues.
     
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    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    My wife and i, $115 per month.
     
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    Thanks everybody. MrSteve, i'm curious about others' "slow down" rates. Mine is just unbearable and yes, at this rate i won't use as much as i did before.
     
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    Would T-Mobile have good service coverage where you reside?
    It would be $100 all-in (taxes, etc included) for the two of you to have unlimited where they don't start throttling speeds until you hit 30GB from what I've read.
     
  14. 84superchamp

    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    That sounds real good. Not sure about T mobile in the area but i can check.
     
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    Try metro PCS. Flat monthly fee with no taxes, surcharges, etc. No contracts either.
     
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    Been using Tracfone wireless for 11 years. Don't have to deal with Monthly bills and they now have Samsung Galaxy S7 phones which I got last month.

    and they also have IPhones as well.
     
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    My kids have slowdowns, I don't. :D
     
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    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    I pay $70/month for unlimited with no slowdown on T-Mobile. My contract was just up and my phone was paid off (that was $30/month). Towards the end I started seeing messages that my bandwidth was being throttled, but it was not really noticable. However, with the new plan those messages are gone.

    I never really used my phone much until I got unlimited BW. Now I take it everywhere and stream movies, CNN or CNBC all day long. I love it. I need GPS everywhere in my new hometown, so it is just always on. I will never go back.

    FWIW: phone companies are ramping up their bandwidth so quickly now (Sprint is the leader in 5G) that unlimited will soon be the norm, I'm predicting.
     
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    I thought Cricket used the AT&T network.

    I use them, same plan although I bounce up and down with the data. Sometimes I go to the 8gb plan for $10 more if I think I will be away from wi-fi a lot and may want to stream a lot. Easy to switch. I consider them to provide good service and they beat T-Mobile and Sprint both for coverage in my home location. Which was problematic on those networks.
     

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