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Old 08-19-2016, 04:17 PM   #11
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Might I suggest Cricket wireless service? Several years ago, I was able to bring my Verizon iPhone 4s to the new carrier. They sent a sim card for $10 and I was good to go. Cricket wireless is a pre-pay with no contracts. We have the $40.00 per month plan, but since it's set up for direct debit on our credit card, they discount each line $5.00. I am not sure what fees (if any) would apply to stop and re-start. They also have a small variety of phones for sale. I recently bought a new iPhone 5s through them for $150.00 plus a new sim card. They offered the new 6/6s models, but I couldn't see spending that much for a phone.
Their coverage is very good and from what I understand, they are owned by AT&T and utilize the same cell towers. Verizon does have better coverage when not near major cities.
You might also check into going pre-paid with Verizon. They too have several plans for a flat rate and you are not obligated to sign up for 2 years.

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Old 08-19-2016, 04:26 PM   #12
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Verizon prepaid requires one of a couple of phones. Basic ones. Smart phone is not eligible..

They no longer do 2 year contracts
Getting a phone these days and a plan is confusing and like buying a used car.. The numbers just fly around.. and they make it seem like you are getting a bargain.

I think the minimum Verizon pay as you go is a hundred bucks..Texting is still charged. The phone is something like 20 bucks. My husband has had that "plan " for years and sees no need for a smartphone. But peoples needs differ. He couldn't text if there were a prize at the end of a carrot.

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Old 08-19-2016, 06:02 PM   #13
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Thanks. Most of our travel would be in the Western USA and down into Arizona. Anyone know how the ROAM service is there?

Try this link for an answer https://www.roammobility.com/coverage
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:26 PM   #14
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I have an unlocked phone and am with Fido. I just added a US feature for a dollar that gives me long distance for 1 cent a minute(not sure how this works as we don't use pennies anymore). I also have Magic Jack which I use when I am in Yuma and just downloaded the app onto my smartphone and I can use it in any WiFi zone. There are probably cheaper ways of doing it but I am happy.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:53 AM   #15
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I have used Republic Wireless for 3-4 years and enjoyed the flexibility of WI-Fi and Cell. I've almost always been able to find a hot spot where no cell coverage existed. Republic has a $20. that works great for me. You may get a free sim card with sign up. I use a Motorola 4G Plus service has been flawless. Spent a week in Suprise this spring, no phone issues. Check www.republicwireless.com. Good luck. Jeff

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