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Small List compiled for Flip phone service. Regular service with unlimited data and all to come.

1.Tracfone-All Carriers $20 Talk/Text 1GB ($30 for first 6 months)
1b. Unlimited talk and text, no data $15/month ($10 with auto pay)

2.Mobi-Verizon $10 (Additional $5 off the 1st three months)

3.Tello-Tmobile $8 , US Mobile.

4.HelloMobile-Tmobile $5 (first 2 months for $5)

                 -EXPLAINED A BIT MORE IN DETAIL-
Tracfone Wireless- (CDMA/GSM Verizon/T-Mobile/AT&T)
First 6 months at $30 plus taxes.
Pay for the first 2 months $15 each month with autopay, then use reward points for the next 4 months. Use Referral code OOAB-E354 to get you 8,000 points. You must activate and set up the rewards within 14 days of activating Phone service.
  They limit 5 uses per month, so feel free to PM before using if you want to confirm they work for this month, as well they seem to be changing the referral code after every use. So feel free to post in the thread or message me for a new code.
       The points will only kick in after 60 days of service(hence the reason for keeping paid service for 60 days) the points will kick in getting you 8,000 Points, which is enough for 4 months free. You can redeem 2,000($20) increments for a free month of service and do that for a total of 4 months free.
  Now you must turn off auto pay after the first 2 months in order for the free 4 months that you added to kick in.  If you don't turn off auto pay it will continue billing your credit card and you will not get those free months until you turn off auto pay.
 Works on CDMA or GSM.

 Mobi Wireless- (Verizon/CDMA)
 $10 a month. With a referral code you can get another $5 off the 1st three months which I can give you. You need to sign up in the first week for the referral bonus to kick in.
Click here to pm me for the info.

Tello Mobile (GSM/T-Mobile)
$8 Month with Unlimited t&t and no data. Picture message might not work without data services.
$10 unlimited Talk/Text + 1GB. 60 free international destinations - UK, Canada, France etc but not Israel
(Find someone with a referral code or $10 off referral code = P3VB48C7)
wifi calling and ESim supported

Hello Mobile (GSM/T-Mobile)
 $5 Month with Talk/Text 500mb.
Unlimited calling to most international destinations. Canada/Israel/UK and many more.  2nd month free as well. Free sim card.

If you know of others please add to the wiki.
  Feel free to PM me with any questions or post in this thread so a dedicated member can help you out.

Mobi for me comes out to $14.05 in NY after taxes.
Vs
Us mobile i pool 2 phones and I  pay just $20.96 for 2 lines after tax. Both on the Verizon network

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H2O which runs on AT&T has a annual plan unlimited talk and text for $60 plus tax with free international calling as well

http://www.whistleout.com/cellphones
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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #140 on: February 25, 2014, 10:52:14 PM »
He means any Verizon MVNO. Page Plus is a mobile virtunal network operator that leases unused airtime from VZ. But VZ famously does NOT give away their 4G, unlike Sprint or other MVNOs.
Ok, so my options are:
 
1) Pay $70 a month (after fees & taxes) for:

Full Verizon service,
Get a free phone,
Unlimited calls and text,
1GB of 4G data,
Use it with a SIM international,

2) Nothing

Decisions..... decisions...
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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #141 on: February 25, 2014, 10:56:35 PM »
Ok, so my options are:
 
1) Pay $70 a month (after fees & taxes) for:

Full Verizon service,
Get a free phone,
Unlimited calls and text,
1GB of 4G data,
Use it with a SIM international,

2) Nothing

Decisions..... decisions...
So is the 4G a must?

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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #142 on: February 25, 2014, 11:49:01 PM »
Have you considered the new Sprint "Framily" plan?

Can be a really great value if you do it right. I'm paying $25 a line for unlimited talk and text, 1GB of 3G/4G data.
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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #143 on: February 26, 2014, 12:45:05 AM »
Have you considered the new Sprint "Framily" plan?

Can be a really great value if you do it right. I'm paying $25 a line for unlimited talk and text, 1GB of 3G/4G data.
3G or 4G? I'm coming now from Sprint 3G. Mediocre.

But do Sprint phones also have that option to insert a SIM for international? Or is it just Verizon?
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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #144 on: February 26, 2014, 12:45:51 AM »
So is the 4G a must?
Not a must but a huge plus.
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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #145 on: February 26, 2014, 12:49:29 AM »
3G or 4G? I'm coming now from Sprint 3G. Mediocre.

But do Sprint phones also have that option to insert a SIM for international? Or is it just Verizon?
Sprint has 4G in the city.

A lot of smartphones have SIM slots even with sprint, though it's locked and they can put you through a great deal of trouble before unlocking it.

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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #146 on: February 26, 2014, 04:13:17 AM »
OT, but I would love to understand why the US cellphone market can charge such outrageous high prices, while the average unlimited talk, text and data plan in Europe and Israel cost $25/month?

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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #147 on: February 26, 2014, 07:15:20 AM »
OT, but I would love to understand why the US cellphone market can charge such outrageous high prices, while the average unlimited talk, text and data plan in Europe and Israel cost $25/month?

Show me one European country that has what you just said. Israel has more carriers than people, so competition is bad.

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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #148 on: February 26, 2014, 07:21:00 AM »
Show me one European country that has what you just said. Israel has more carriers than people, so competition is bad.
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« Reply #149 on: February 26, 2014, 08:18:54 AM »
Sprint has 4G in the city.

A lot of smartphones have SIM slots even with sprint, though it's locked and they can put you through a great deal of trouble before unlocking it.
  And Verizon would give me an easy time unlocking it? Is that what you're saying?
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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #150 on: February 26, 2014, 08:42:55 AM »
  And Verizon would give me an easy time unlocking it? Is that what you're saying?
Verizon phones come unlocked as of the last few years. I believe it has something to do with a network they bought and this was their compromise to the government (they shouldn't have a monopoly).

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« Reply #151 on: February 26, 2014, 09:22:26 AM »
Verizon phones come unlocked as of the last few years. I believe it has something to do with a network they bought and this was their compromise to the government (they shouldn't have a monopoly).
Thanks.
Now which phone?
Is the S4 mini considered a good phone? I hate huge phones.
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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #153 on: February 26, 2014, 10:04:40 AM »
Verizon phones come unlocked as of the last few years. I believe it has something to do with a network they bought and this was their compromise to the government (they shouldn't have a monopoly).

ALL LTE phones are unlocked on VZW.

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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #154 on: February 26, 2014, 11:23:05 AM »
Have you considered the new Sprint "Framily" plan?
Can be a really great value if you do it right. I'm paying $25 a line for unlimited talk and text, 1GB of 3G/4G data.
3G or 4G? I'm coming now from Sprint 3G. Mediocre.

Yes, LTE. Its not an MVNO or prepaid plan- its an actual bonafide Sprint plan, which means you get access to whatever their network offers. 3G, 4G, the new Sprint Spark frequencies, etc... you aren't a 2nd or 3rd tier customer renting unused airtime from a major carrier like MVNOs are. You also get whatever perks they offer like Google Voice integration with your mobile number and sms-to-landline, etc.
As far as coverage, I live in Monsey, which is more-or-less the boonies when it comes to rollouts like 4G, but I have LTE all over the place here! I was driving the other day and performed the following speed test:
http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/746578255

11.5mbs down, about 5 up. That's almost as fast as my cable modem at home, and this was from a moving vehicle! Granted, the tests aren't always that high, but I'm rather pleased with the network and performance, especially for the price I'm paying!

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But do Sprint phones also have that option to insert a SIM for international? Or is it just Verizon?

There are a couple of "worldphones" on the network, but generally no. They stuck to the old CDMA standard without SIM cards (unlike VZ who is embracing the transition to VOLTE sims). I do have an old GSM HTC phone that I keep around if I were to travel overseas. Those handsets are super inexpensive these days.
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« Reply #155 on: February 26, 2014, 11:55:47 AM »

There are a couple of "worldphones" on the network, but generally no. They stuck to the old CDMA standard without SIM cards (unlike VZ who is embracing the transition to VOLTE sims). I do have an old GSM HTC phone that I keep around if I were to travel overseas. Those handsets are super inexpensive these days.
there are more than a couple though.. lg g2, iphones, s4, htc, moto x...
i am also very happy with the sprint lte speeds in bklyn

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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #156 on: February 26, 2014, 12:37:06 PM »
Probably gonna take the S4 Mini. Does that have a SIM slot?

Do I get a free phone with Sprint Family?
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Re: Need help finding a cellphone plan? Post here! US edition (Master thread)
« Reply #157 on: February 26, 2014, 12:47:06 PM »
Probably gonna take the S4 Mini. Does that have a SIM slot?

Do I get a free phone with Sprint Family?

Not sure if the S4 mini has it.

But no, you don't get a free phone- that's part of the idea of the Framily plans and why they are able to offer it so low. Carriers that subsidize handsets include the subsidy as part of your monthly bill, that's why they usually start $20-$30 more than the Framily pricing.
With Framily, you are just paying monthly for the service. The handset can be bought through them and financed out over 24 months if you want, or you can bring your own device. I opted for used handsets on ebay to bring in- you can get last year's flagships for under $100 there. But the devices mentioned above (G2, S4, Moto X, etc) are mostly new handsets.
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« Reply #158 on: February 26, 2014, 12:49:52 PM »
Thanks all for your help!
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« Reply #159 on: February 26, 2014, 12:55:13 PM »
Thanks all for your help!
If you need a Framily plan to join, my plan still has room for a Meshugener or 2...