Looking for advice for getting phones and plan for the kids

Discussion in 'Smartphones' started by jigwashere, May 6, 2017.

  1. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone One Serious Wiku

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    With charts!

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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    when I was 14, the first moon landing was 9 months away, so the only computers were not personal...
     
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  3. NetBrakr

    NetBrakr Gone With The Wind

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    jig, as you know I don't HATE At&t. So if I were you, I go with Tmobile One. However I am not sure if you area has good Tmobile service. If your area has good service, here is what I do.

    5 lines for $180 flat
    Since it's GSM carrier, you can get any phone you want. iPhone 4G (Hey, you didn't say the latest iPhone :p) for your kids, basic flip phone for your mother in law, etc. Just pop in the SIM card in, then you are ready to go.
     
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  4. r0k

    r0k Dazed

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    At this point, phone subsidies are going away along with most phone locking. If I were trying to do multiple phones on multiple lines, I'd stick to unlocked phones capable of being used on any network and pop in sim cards. Sim cards are free and you can pop them in and try out each carrier until you find one you're happy with.

    It turns out when I brought my iPhone from At&t to Verizon, they activated it on Verizon using a SIM card even though their network is not GSM. I should add that not all iPhones are created equal. Recent iPhones purchased unlocked or for Verizon will work on "all" networks but recent iPhones purchased on Att or Tmo will only work on GSM.

    My son lost the (formerly At&t unlocked and used on Verizon) iPhone 6 I gave him when I upgraded to iPhone 7. He just plain lost it. So now he's using an even older (formerly At&t) iPhone 5 I gave him some time before I gave him the iPhone 6. Did I mention he's in his mid 20's and he's still losing important stuff from time to time?

    He's on Tmobile on a shared plan with my daughter. I tried to talk them into switching to a better carrier but I'm not willing to subsidize them so all they think about is price. Every time I talk to them it's hard to get through a conversation from beginning to end without it dropping on their end.
     
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    EdmundDantes Mobile Deity

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    r0k, interesting info re Verizon iPhones. Didn't know that; but it's useful info.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    I've decided not to make any changes to the existing phone plans my wife, mother-in-law and I are on. My thinking for the near term is to keep everything the way it is, buy a smartphone for my son, and set him up with his own (no contract) plan. His current TracFone will go to my daughter, too.

    That leaves me with only two decisions to make right now: which smartphone; and, which plan?

    I'm strongly considering the Moto G5 Plus, largely based on this article from Wirecutter. My son was looking at the Huawai Honor 6X, but I think the Moto G5 Plus might be better, it's a bit cheaper, and I think he'll be happy with it. The price, while more than I thought I would consider for his first smartphone, really isn't too bad. If he loses or breaks it, then he might need to get a BLU R1 HD. He's handled his (replacement) Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 quite well, so I'm optimistic the Moto G5 Plus will survive at least a few months. :rolleyes:

    Once I decide on a phone, I'll focus on plans. If I hurry, Republic Wireless looks interesting: Republic Wireless BYOD (Android): 6mo. Unlimited Talk & Text + 2GB Free (New Customers, SIM Required)

    EDIT: Looks like the Republic Wireless deal expired 5/22. :(
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    I have a quick update and a new request. :)


    My son loves his Moto G5 Plus. The Amazon ads are practically non-existent. A month or so ago, my son did a factory reset and told me performance improved significantly. It charges quickly and battery life is excellent. No complaints or issues!


    I immediately signed him up for a Republic Wireless (https://republicwireless.com/) account with unlimited text and calling for $15/month ($18.23 after taxes). He uses WiFi or hotspots for internet access. All in all, it has been a good experience and the service is affordable. I could add 1GB of cell data for an additional $5/month, but he says he doesn't need it right now.


    My daughter (12 years old) inherited the Tracfone and, for less than $10/month, uses it to let us know to pick her up from school or swimming. Unfortunately, the phone battery is starting to show its age and she would love a phone she could use for texting. The flip phone has been nice because it was cheap, is durable, and she also appreciates how pocketable it is. It's terrible for texting.


    I don't need to stick with Tracfone. I see I can get 1000 prepaid texts for $5, but it would require getting her a smartphone. I'm not real keen on the idea of getting her a smartphone just yet, so if anyone has ideas for a good phone and plan for texting, I'd appreciate it. Otherwise, I'll need to look for a small and inexpensive smartphone. Maybe something like the 16GB Moto E4 for $100 through Republicwireless? My monthly costs would be roughly double what they are now, but maybe it's time.


    By the way, thewirecutter.com likes Republic Wireless for people who need just voice and text:https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/b...ou-need-just-voice-and-text-republic-wireless

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  9. NetBrakr

    NetBrakr Gone With The Wind

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    jig, I had a chance to test out Moto E4 Plus for a week, I must say, I am very impress with it, esp the battery life. Btw the E4 Plus was an Amazon phone. So the E4 should be equally impress, just a smaller screen and less battery.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Thanks, NetB, and great to see you again! I hope you're doing well.
     
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