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Ditching Contracted Services

After several years of struggling after getting laid off a couple of times and trying to get back on my feet, I've been trying to do away with any kind of service that requires a contract and look for cheaper alternatives since I don't want to be stuck with a service I can't downgrade when things get hard financially.

I dropped Directv when my contact was up and switched to Netflix and Hulu.

Now I'm trying to figure out what to do about the cell phone. Contract is up. I'm tired of paying $80 a month for 450 minutes and unlimited data.

Any suggestions as to what a good alternative would be? I'm over the whole cell phone thing as it is.

Any other recommendations for companies that provide a decent service at a decent price and don't lock you into a service contract?

by Anonymousreply 2812/07/2013

Buy an unlocked phone and go online to T-mobile and get their $30 per month pre-paid sim card. 100 minutes talk time and unlimited text and data.

It is the cheapest around. As for unlocked phones, if you want a high end phone that's reasonably priced, wait for the Nexus 5 from Google. It is coming out next month.

by Anonymousreply 109/24/2013

I have used straight talk for over 4 years. Great service. Never had a problem. They have a $30/month plan. No contract... It includes 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and internet.

by Anonymousreply 209/24/2013

See if you can bundle TV cable, land line voice-over-internet telephone and internet into one package deal with your cable company. That is what I do and it saves me a fortune. The cell phone is a waste of money. We lived without them before and life is beautiful without them now, only we are inclined to forget that.

by Anonymousreply 309/24/2013

There's Virgin Mobile, too. Don't do ATT's GoPhone or Verizon's no-contract service. They're evil.

by Anonymousreply 409/24/2013

$80 a month? I can't believe anyone would pay that.

Why not switch to a pay-as-you go prepaid phone that you top up when you use up the money on it? At least it will let you figure out precisely how much you use the phone in a month, and if you have another financial downturn, you can just call less.

Do all US carriers still charge you to receive phone calls? That's highway robbery, pure and simple. I live in Europe now, where that hasn't been standard practice for at least 15 years.

by Anonymousreply 509/24/2013

R2, T-Mobile is the last company I would ever do business with. I used to work for them and they dumped anybody who had been with them for any length of time when the proposed merger with ATT was in process. Their service sucks in my area.

R4, currently using ATT. Looked at their GoPhone website and they won't let me port my number so they;re out.

R3, whose network does Straight Talk use?

by Anonymousreply 609/24/2013

Straight talk uses t-mobile and at & t wireless. You can use the Sim in any gsm phone that is unlocked.

by Anonymousreply 709/24/2013

You don't really need a cell phone, you know.

by Anonymousreply 809/24/2013

Go to 7-11 and buy a phone from them.

All you have to do is keep loading money on your phone, when you are low minutes.

You might have to change your phone number, but it is so worth it.

by Anonymousreply 909/25/2013

We had a similar thread a week or so ago. Someone recommended Ting. I signed up and, so far, with careful management (no roaming on my data plan unless absolutely necessary) I think my bill will be well under $30, before taxes for voice, text, and internet.

by Anonymousreply 1009/25/2013

500 minutes $30--minutes carry over-

by Anonymousreply 1109/25/2013

Cheapest is Virgin Mobile - 35 a month 300 minutes unlimited everything else including 4g and lte data.

If you have high speed internet at home look into OOMA. I got it about 4 years ago. I paid 149 for the device, I have never paid a phone bill again. I get all the bells and whistles too.

Check out amazon prime as well for 80 bucks you get free 2 day shipping and access to thousdands of movies and tv shows via prime.

by Anonymousreply 1209/25/2013

CRICKET: No contract, unlimited minutes and texting - $50 per month with my iphone.

by Anonymousreply 1309/25/2013

How about a Tracfone?

You can also rollover your minutes if you upgrade your phone and at the end of the year, you never lose your minutes.

They also have yearly plans if you don't use a cell phone much. My mom uses this plan, she said it's fine for her type of cell use. The phone they offered over the years were Motorola and her current phone is by LG.

Her LG Tracfone even has a camera and also has the option to go online if that's important to you.

I personally cannot stand cell phones especially the fact that people can bother me all day! I have one only because my parents are getting older, but it's usually turned off.

by Anonymousreply 1409/25/2013

Ya OP, I am in the middle of doing this too. Maybe it is a trend. It's been a little tricky, but I am trying to take back financial control.

I'm closing my storage unit this week, also I have cut my cable, phone and reorganized my credit. So far, I was able to cut about 200 a month from my expenses. When my phone contact is up in a few months I will be able to cut another 50 by switching to a Cricket type service.

That adds up to about $3,000 per year in cuts. And I am just getting started.

I just gave myself a raise!

by Anonymousreply 1509/25/2013

Last year, when I researched all the no-contract pre-paid phone plans, T Mobile had the best deal. However the coverage ended up being bad.

Now I am looking at the Verizon network which has better coverage and using Page Plus for the plan. It does not support G4.

TIng uses the Sprint network.

Both Page Plus and TIng have a good rep for customer service.

by Anonymousreply 1609/25/2013

If you need a storage unit, you have too much stuff. Get rid of some of it.

by Anonymousreply 1709/25/2013

OP I wish you lotsa $€£

by Anonymousreply 1809/25/2013

OP, you can get a landline for $30 or $35 per month.

Who would be your landline provider in your town or city?

For example, if it is Centurylink, you would go to centurylink.com and look at the costs of their landlines.

There are NO CONTRACTS for landline phones. You can cancel at any time.

You can get a landline for even lower than $30 or $35, if you agree to a limited number of calls.

by Anonymousreply 1909/25/2013

A Tracfone at Target(or similar places to Target) costs only about $10 or $15.

And then you get prepaid cards at Target and just pay as you go. No monthly charges. No contract.

by Anonymousreply 2009/25/2013

Ugh do not use Centurylink, absolutely the worst company and service ever.

by Anonymousreply 2109/25/2013

Do not listen to R21.

Centurylink is perfectly fine for landline phone service and has low cost landlines. Only $30 or $35, and lower for limited calls.

I had Centurylink for 4 years recently and there landline service is great.

R21 probably got internet thru Centurylink which is not recommended. But do NOT LISTEN to R21 on anything.

by Anonymousreply 2209/25/2013

sorry, their, not there

Also OP, you can put the following into google.com:

low cost no contract phone services

by Anonymousreply 2309/25/2013

Has anyone used Consumer Cellular? It's an American company and seems to be dirt cheap.

by Anonymousreply 2412/07/2013

Charter was increasing my bill from $165 for cable, internet, and land-line phone (under an old contract deal) to $228/mo. I went to their local office with my cable box, and said I no longer wanted DVR services and the premium channels. The customer service rep said those changes would bring my bill back to about $183. I countered that was unacceptable, and that maybe I just needed to cut out everything but internet.

Internet alone was about $60. The rep checked and said that for $115 she could give me Cable without the premiums, Phone and Internet. So about $55 for TV and phone. I took the deal. When the services are bundled, it is hard to say no to cable. If I did just the internet and the phone, it would be as much as the bundled deal.

by Anonymousreply 2512/07/2013

I have an Android smart phone. I use Virgin Mobile and pay $35 a month for 300 talk minutes and unlimited data and texting. Virgin uses Sprint's network. I have had Virgin for 10 years, I think. I love it.

by Anonymousreply 2612/07/2013

I cut the cords so to speak years ago.

I only have broadband internet. I negotiated a 40 a month deal for 15 mbs down 5 up with my cable company. With that I use OOMA as my phone service (have for years). I paid 120 for the device and never paid a phone bill after that. I pay for the premier for 99 a year so 8 bucks a month I pay for phone service with every extra, caller id, call waiting, voice mail, call forwarding, three way calling, voice mail notification in email, web management of phone, voice mail etc.

I have hulu Plus, Netflix and Amazon prime - so 24 a month for my tv needs - all delivered over cable. Oh I also get basic cable included in my internet so I get all networks in HD over cable.

My cell I went with TMO 30 a month plan. 100 minuets to talk, unlimited text and data. All no contract.

so I pay

40 month internet and basic cable 24 month hulu plus, netflix, amazon 8 month ooma phone service 30 a month cell

that is 102 a month total for all my services....I was paying more than that just for Digital Cable.

by Anonymousreply 2712/07/2013

"100 minuets to talk"

That sounds exhausting!!

by Anonymousreply 2812/07/2013
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