Stay Verizon or go prepaid?

Posted Dec 05, 2012 at 6:30 pm in Threads > Opinions

I am so close to pulling the trigger on the DNA. However, My wife and I are paying $167 a month to Verizon which seems like way too much. We have unlimited data but don’t use it(I do like 7Gb of data on wifi). Really, all I need is around 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, and around 500MB-1Gb or data a month. I’m paying way too much for what I use and since I hardly use my cell service due to wifi, doesn’t it make sense to go to Simple Mobile or straight talk? Maybe even T-mobile. Also, I’m fine with paying for a device upfront. Any reasoning I might be missing?

  • rc213

    Coverage in your area is a biggie.

    • CaptainDoug

      I’m covered there. Either T-mobiles or At&t’s network are both fine so their MVNO’s should be fine too.

      • dcortright

        I can’t wait for the day I can go prepaid but unfortunately the only coverage I can get is Verizon. Once I go off to college, it’s fair game!

  • sm.komo

    Verizon, hands down! Better customer service is huge, they fix any issues (which are few and far between) very quickly! I’m also a big fan of their phone selection, even if it take a while to get updates. Sorry if I seem like a VZW troll, I’m just a big fan…

    • CaptainDoug

      No, I appreciate the honesty. I really don’t have complaints about Verizon except for the money. They do provide the best service and coverage and they’re finally getting some decent devices but I don’t need the best service or coverage. Also GSM devices are usually easier to come by and for cheaper. Once money isn’t an issue Verizon is a no-brainer.

  • drukelly

    I was thinking about going with Straight Talk. But after reading the terms of service, I was turned off with the idea of having my service either being throttled or terminated due to streaming. I don’t do heavy streaming but I would like to be able to listen to my music that’s on Google Music/Play.

    Just like rc213 noted, coverage is a biggie.

    I know what you mean about Verizon being crazy expensive! I was paying $92 just to have 6GB, 450 minutes, and 1000 SMS. Yuck!

    Made the switch from a Verizon Galaxy Nexus to a Nexus 4 (and I love it!) and opted with T-Mobile as my provider. I chose the $50 Unlimited 4G Plan, which is throttled after 2GB. I figured I’m connected on Wi-Fi at work and at home so I don’t think I’ll go over my limit.

    • CaptainDoug

      Yep. Pretty much my situation. I don’t stream at all really. I’m thinking Simple Mobile or T-mobile are my best choices. 2GB of unthrottled data is more than enough for me. I use no more than 500MB of cellular data a month. How are you liking your Nexus 4? Is the battery life as annoying as people say it is? Also, is it as fragile as it seems?

      • drukelly

        The battery life is superb and yes, it’s fragile! I highly recommend a bumper or a case of your liking.

  • rc213

    I’m on the $30 Tmobile prepaid plan on a Nexus 4 in Los Angeles. Couldn’t be happier especially with the price difference from VZW. I don’t talk much but I do like streaming on the go.

  • Bain

    Another possible option would be Net10. My wife and I have been using their prepaid minute plan for years and have had a good experience with it. We live in the midwest and coverage has not been an issue in the various parts of IA, IL, WI, IN, and MN. Granted since currently do not have smart phones I’m only familiar with the voice coverage. But, its been good.

    We’ll hopefully be getting our new Nexus 4′s in the next couple weeks when we do we’re going to switch to $30 T-Mobile plan. We don’t talk very much so the 100 minutes should be enough. If we start regularly going over our minutes we may very likely go back to Net10 and stay there if the data speeds are ok.

    • CaptainDoug

      Yeah, I definitely need some sort of data. I use my phone as a GPS every now and then.

  • Jeffdwisc

    Page Plus is much cheaper than Verizon and has the same service. It uses Verizon towers. Based on the usage you state you could get their Talk n Text 1200 for $30 a month. This is 1200 minutes, 1200 texts and 250 MB of data.

    The next step up is the 55 Plan: unlimited talk, text and 2 Gb of data for $55.

    You can pretty much use any phone that works on the Verizon network.

    The downsides: 3G not 4G LTE. Also, you need to get your own phone. This means that if you want the latest and greatest, then you will need to purchase it full price.

    • CaptainDoug

      I’m not so worried about paying full price. 4G isn’t that important either as long as it’s good 3G. I’ll check them out.

  • KOBesucker

    We pay less than that for five lines on T-Mobile, and two of the lines have unlimited everything. I say get a Nexus 4, switch over to T-Mobile ( value plan), and enjoy your 50% savings. Heck, treat the wife to a dinner with the savings.

  • KingCrow02

    Verizon pre-paid sucks

  • gp126904

    Can you live without 4G LTE? Thats really the only thing keeping me tied to Big Red. They have good service and reception but we do pay a good amount for both of those. I think if you can live with ether 3G speeds or HSPA+ then you should def. switch to prepaid as it will save you a good bit.

    • CaptainDoug

      I can totally live without it. In fact, I only have 3G right now and 3G on verizon isn’t that amazing. I probably average like 2mbps down. I’m sure 4G on t-mo will be better and that’s all I need.

  • CaptainDoug

    I think I made a decision. I’m thinking Simple mobile. It’ll be $40 or $50 for me depending on how good their 4G is to me(if it’s bad then $40). The wife wants to downgrade to a basic phone and get a tablet(wifi) so that’ll be $40 as well. So yeah, $80-$90 a month before taxes and the one time sim-card purchase. For comparison, that’s $80-90 cheaper than what I’m paying. Man, I wish Verizon had options for buying your phone outright and paying an unsubsidized monthly rate. I’m sure I’ll be fine. Thanks for the input guys.

  • redraider133

    Did you check what you would pay with the share plans? I mean if you mostly use wifi, you could probably save some money and drop to a low share data plan and possibly save some money there while having unlimited minutes and texting.

    • CaptainDoug

      Simple mobile is cheaper. T-mobile might be if I was interested in a contract but I’d rather spend an extra $5 or 10 and stay of contract.

  • Luv_android

    I get 30% discount from AT&T from my work, so for me it works cheaper by signing contract. (Lucky me, I guess :))

  • decker

    I was with Verizon for over a year. My bill was always fluxuating and I couldn’t shake a shady feeling. I ended up switching after a ridiculous fee that I now call The Fee from Nowhere. I fought with customer service for days on it. No one could tell me what it was for, only that I was supposed to pay it. They eventually told me it was actually optional and would issue a refund.

    Not a fan of Verizon.