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Debate on Cell Phone Charges

 
 
Mame
 
Reply Sun 11 Aug, 2013 05:05 pm
I'd like to know what people pay for basic cell phone charges, long distance, and roaming and data, whatever else... with and without a contract...

how cheap is it? how expensive is it? if you go to Canada or Mexico, what would a call or text cost you? If you went to Europe, what would it cost?

I'm interested in charges from the US, Europe, and elsewhere.

I know it's a broad question, but I'm having a discussion on FB about his and would like some facts.

Thanks!
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 11 Aug, 2013 06:36 pm
@Mame,
Not much help since I use TracPhone, I guess, but with a phone option that doubles the time I buy, it works out to .12 per minute. Local, long distance, roaming all the same. I've never used it outside the US.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 11 Aug, 2013 06:48 pm
@Mame,
The last time I checked on all this was about 6 months ago and at that time the range I found was between $90/month to $120/month for fairly comprehensive packages (unlimited voice and texting, but with some limits on Data although the data limit was high enough that anything except full-blown movie streaming doesn't even come close to hitting the limit).

I'm with Verizon and I find their coverage (here in my area) to be good to very good with a few areas getting LTE data speeds, which are impressive. I pay somewhere around $100/month and I never even come close to hitting my maximums. Hope that helps. Before this I was using Sprint and although their packages cost a bit less, I found their coverage much less reliable.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 07:46 am
@Mame,
There has been EU legislation to stop excessive charges going from one EU country to another. I'm sorry but I don't know how this affects non EU phones.
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clenmenttohn
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2013 01:33 am
@rosborne979,
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jcboy
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2013 04:16 pm
@Mame,
We have three iPhones, the primary phone cost 120.00 a month and 49.99 for each additional phone, which we have two. That's with unlimited calls, internet and text messages.

Over the last few years, I've bashed both Apple and Android-based phones for a variety of valid reasons. I have come to love my Samsung Galaxy S3 and I don't think I want to go to a phone with a smaller screen, so that rules out an iPhone 5S (not that I can upgrade until next year anyway). However, there is 1 lingering criticism of Apple phones (and tablets) that remains valid and important: The lack of a microSD slot to expand the storage. With contract, a 16GB iPhone 5S is $200 and it costs $100 more for 32GB and another $100 for 64GB. A high-speed 32GB microSD card costs about $20-$25. Apple, explain this ****?

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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2013 04:52 pm
@Mame,
"Straight Talk" (Walmart), month-to-month, no contract, unlimited voice, text, and data (limited to 2 gigs/mo, I've heard, although I've never approached that limit), for $45/month. Can use AT&T or T-Mobile -- I'm currently using AT&T's network. Coverage is good. No issues with Straight Talk, although I've never had occasion to call customer service, which I understand is not first rate.

I ported my cell phone number to Google Voice, then forwarded that number to my unlocked LG L9 Android phone, running on the Straight Talk service, with the AT&T sim card. Works for me, and I can take my Google Voice phone number to some other service at any time if I get a wild hair. I love not being tied down to a contract. And $45/month for unlimited service is unbeatable.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2013 05:01 pm
I pay $45/month for my cheap no-contract Virgin android phone. It works fine for me.

When I travel, I just don't pay for the time I am gone (and renew the monthly payments when I get back). This saves me money.

On my last trip I was out of the country for a couple of weeks. I spent about $30 for a cheap throw-away phone while I was there. That gave me 500 minutes of voice talk, including calls to the US.



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engineer
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2013 05:03 pm
T-Mobile in the US just reduced all their rates and added free text and data overseas (but not at 4G). I pay $100/month for four lines, unlimited texting and 500MB of 4G data per phone. If you exceed that it drops to 2G speed.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2014 01:34 am
Fascinating.

<In my best Mr. Spock voice>
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2014 01:43 am
I wonder what this drivel would read if it were rendered in English.
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2014 08:23 am
LeonilaWry wrote:
Bodies do not get time to booty a blow for a while.

Sage words to live by.

I'm considering a change to my A2K signature ...
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2014 08:31 am
@roger,
$.12 or $.o12? per minute?
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2014 08:40 am
@bobsal u1553115,
I'm sure he meant .12.

I don't think anyone offers rates of an odd amount slightly over 1 cent (1.2 cents per minute)

I use platinum tel, where I bought my phone and buy cards where the cost is 5 cents per minute for calls, 2 cents per text.

The web is 10 cents per MB, but I've never used that. I don't use the camera either. I don't need selfies, I know what I look like.

I just call and occassionally text.

I've been very happy. What's not to like?

It tells me the time, and I have an icon up to tell me the temperature, I get my voice mail, calls and texts. That's all I need. I top it up with a $10 or $20 PIN as needed.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 15 May, 2014 08:53 pm
JeroldHogen wrote:

The activity of the animal beings has become acutely active everywhere on this earth. Bodies do not get time to booty a blow for a while.


Personally, I find it quite rude to suggest that some bodies don't get time to booty a blow. Speak for yourself.
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 15 May, 2014 10:35 pm
@roger,
You wouldn't believe how much my blow gets bootied.
roger
 
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Reply Thu 15 May, 2014 11:28 pm
@chai2,
I think you got it backwards, but makes about as much sense.
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