With the economy going the way it is people are reevaluating their expenses. First thing to go the phone bill. When a person does the numbers they can save a boatload by buying the phone outright and getting a better prepaid plan. If the MNVO is working well where you live then why not use them. More then likely they are using the same network you are already on. I myself don't talk alot so the $30.00 walmart plan (100min talk, unlim text and data) is a steal compared to my former $90.00+ monthly cell bill.
But to each his own. I'll take the savings thank you.
Nice, my Verizon contract is up in less than 1 month, and I planned on switching to either the t-mobile or att prepaid.
I'm tired of paying $90/month for a phone that I barely ever use anymore.
2012-Jun-18 9:28 am: ·
merc669 Premium join:2000-08-19 Lexington Park, MD
I am in same situation with my wife and me. Together we are paying around 200 to Verizon. I can cut that cost to around 75 a month with Straight talk. Her contract expires in Aug, mine in Apr of next year. But I will just pay the ETF in Sept. I calculated it out that I would save a whole lot more for the duration just paying the approx 190 for the ETF compared to the approx 90 for one phone for the remaining time. My problem is finding the best one. So far it seems Trac or Straight seems to be the best for what we need (Voice and Text). I figure I will buy two unlocked phones (good for text and voice only), a sim and a plan and I should be good. At least this is the plan....
I am also considering Virgin Mobile, which uses the sprint network. They have decent phones and pretty high coverage. The only thing holding me back on Virgin is that Sprint is constantly rated the worst mobile network.
One good resource for doing research on both phones and carriers is www.howardforums.com. Their forum section is huge and full of info.
You cannot accurately compare VZ's prepaid plans to other carriers that specialize in the prepaid market. VZ clearly does not want to offer good prepaid bundles & phones because then they would lose millions of their cash cow postpaid users.
Take a look at T-mobile, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, etc, etc for more accurate depictions of why people are shifting to pre-paid. There are tons of pre-paid companies out there now (all which piggy-back off one or more of the mainstream carrier's infrastructures)
I can understand you looking at AT&T prepaid - however, how is the selection of available *phones* among the prepaid carrier plans? One thing I have noticed among them all is that handset selection is poor to nearly nil among the majors other than T-M (best selection - however, their prices are not exactly low, and I've mentioned the coverage issues). If I were *able* to move from Safelink, I'd be looking at the equivalent of a feature phone with Wi-Fi; however, not one carrier offers such an option.
Yeah I do have to agree that ATT's phone selection isn't as good as some of the other prepaid carriers. However, you can fairly easily purchase a wide variety of used phones that can be used on ATT's network...if you are comfortable with a used phone and savvy enough to do some required work-arounds.
In reality, due to phone selection, I will probably end up with T-mobile or Virgin.