Re: Stay with Verizon vs. switch to pre-paid
- From: "Dean" <dean173@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 12:10:05 -0500
I second (or third, or fourth) the PagePlus suggestion. I've had my Mom on
PP for 4-5 years, and got her an old StarTac (the silver-colored one that
has the black background and brightly colored letters) so she could actually
see the display.
She adds $25 in minutes every 6 weeks or so. Cheap, and never a coverage
issue (she's in Broward County, FL).
I also have a bunch of VZW phones, and activated one for fun here in NY.
Worked great, but I let it lapse because I never really used it.
Can't beat PagePlus.
"SMS" <scharf.steven@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Reid Priedhorsky wrote:
I'm a pretty light user of my phone. I often use under 100 minutes of
daytime minutes per month, though I use the device most every day.
I am wondering if I should switch to a pre-paid plan. I currently have
a 300-minute grandfathered plan at $34.99, which comes to a little over
$40/mo including surcharges.
It's important to have good coverage in the western states.
Is there a pre-paid plan out there which is significantly cheaper but
meets my coverage needs?
A couple of years ago when I was last looking at cell service, the
various providers had similar coverage east of the Mississippi, but
Verizon was the clear winner in the West -- therefore, any pre-paid plan
would have to use Verizon's network. Is this still true?
Yes, the western region coverage of Verizon is much better than that of
the other carriers.
The best prepaid plan for Verizon phones is from PagePlus which uses the
Verizon network, NOT Verizon's own InPulse plan. I have my kids on
PagePlus, and just activated another Verizon Motorola 325i on PagePlus
today. I'm also on the $35/300 minute plan, with a 21% employer discount,
so my monthly charges are about $31/month with taxes and fees. My problem
is that my normal use would now be about 450 peak minutes if I didn't stop
using the phone the last week of the month, so that's why I just activated
another PagePlus phone to use so I don't go over (for incoming calls on
Verizon I'll check the caller ID and call them back from the PagePlus
phone). I'm hesitant to give up the Verizon grandfathered plan because of
the free off-peak (including 8:01 p.m. nights which were standard in the
west when I got the account).
It took about 15 minutes and $5.99 to activate a Verizon compatible phone
on PagePlus using "http://uglyeric.com".
When I signed up for my America's Choice plan, I signed up for the 450
minute/month plan, but Verizon said I wasn't using enough minutes and
advised me to go down to the 300/minute per month plan telling me I could
switch back at any time without extending the contract. Well not quite.
When I called them to switch back they wouldn't let me because the
America's Choice plan is no longer offered. I could switch to another
plan, but I'd lose off-network AMPS roaming (yes it still exists in a lot
of places) and I'd lose 8:01 p.m. off-peak.
Anyway, check "http://prepaiduswireless.com/". Your best bet is to buy one
$80 card (1400 minutes) then add a $10 card (83 minutes) every 120 days to
keep the account open until you use up the 1400 minutes, then buy another
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