Prepaid users unite!

Posted Apr 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

I was using Page Plus Cellular’s (Verizon MVNO) $30 plan with a Droid X then X2 for over a year. Starting this month I switched to Straight Talk’s BYOP $45/month (either T-Mobile SIM or AT&T SIM) unlimited everything plan. I am enjoying it much more since for $15 more I get not only unlimited talk, text, but also 3G data.

I will likely continue using this and am enjoying the flexibility of swapping the SIM card between phones and using any GSM phone.

Any other fans of prepaid or experiences with other prepaid companies?

  • Bpear96

    Im on straight talk as well ATM :D its pretty awesome, and i get great coverage,speed and price. But i signed up for the republic wireless beta test, and got my email today, i will likely sell my i9100 when the beta opens again, and by republic’s high end phone. $19 unlimited everything is pretty sweet :D and im on wifi quite a bit .

  • ralphwiggum1

    Main reason I switched from Page Plus (which allowed 100 MB data though I was usually on wifi) was me wanting to try out “unlimited” data and I have no complaints so far. Using an AT&T SIM gets call forwarding for Google Voicemail, speeds vary from 1Mbps to 4Mbps and when I’m out of wifi, I don’t have to worry about conserving my precious data.

    Does Republic have any non-Optimus S phones available yet? $19 is tough to beat when I am usually on wifi but have the flexibility to go on 3G if need be.

    • Bpear96

      The survey the sent to those accepted in the next republic wireless stated, 3 phones, a low end with 600 mhz cpu, mid range with 1ghz, and highend with 4.3″screen and 1.2ghz cpu

      Those specs id say, Optimus s, Nexus s, or lg marquee, and epic touch.

  • B2L

    I’m a Straight Talk user myself, I love prepaid but the data speeds are pretty slow for me. What kind of data speeds are you getting? And are you using it with a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM?

    • Bpear96

      I have at&t sim, i get around 2-6mbps.

  • ralphwiggum1

    This may be blasphemous, but right now I’m using an iPhone 4 and a Samsung Focus S (Windows Phone with HSPA+) and swap my AT&T SIM between them. I get about an average of 2Mbps down (sometimes closer to 4Mbps) and almost 1Mbps up. Definitely nothing near 7.2 or 14.4 Mbps.

    I’m looking to get a used Galaxy S II for AT&T (which actually has an Exynos) at some point.

    • B2L

      There’s nothing wrong with that, get whatever you’re happy with, everyone’s different. I get similar speeds, I’ve never gotten more than 3 mbps down though.

  • SGB101

    i dont know nothing about US networks and there lack of compatibility with each other, but i watch a pod cast and a company called Ting advertises
    they piggy back on sprint iirc, and there prices are stupendously cheap, and you can take out data only if you want, just call or just text, proper a la carte service

    • ralphwiggum1

      I hadn’t heard of Ting before, but the a la carte, buy what you need is definitely cool.

      However, with just a small amount of data, and some minutes / text for emergencies (plus $6/device), I was already at $44 and they don’t support bringing your own device. I think the best deal for me is Straight Talk right now and I would consider switching to T-Mobile’s $30 Monthly 4G plan (unlimited text/data, 100 mins) if I had a good T-Mobile HSPA+ phone and could deal with 100 mins without relying on VoIP.

      If there is every a bring your own phone from Sprint, I may want to try them out and use a Epic 4G Touch or an old Nexus 4G.