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Old 01-23-2013, 11:59 PM
Paul Miner
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Default Samsung Galaxy S3 on PagePlus?

I was looking at smartphones and liked the Samsung Galaxy S3. The
conventional wisdom around here seems to be that you should buy your device
outright and then activate it on PagePlus using the appropriate plan.

Some of the Vzw-branded S3 reviews indicate that Verizon has locked down
some of the features of the phone, including the easy capability to root it.
Not sure if that would be important to me, seeing as how this would be my
first smartphone and I would probably use it the way it comes, other than
adding or removing some apps. Any thoughts on S3 limitations imposed by Vzw?

Are there any known issues with activating this phone on PagePlus? Does it
have to be unlocked?

Straight Talk, at either the $30/mo level or the $45/mo level, also seems to
be a pretty good deal. Can the right S3 be activated there? (Obviously not
the Vzw branded one. I'm not sure which network ST uses, but don't think
it's Vzw).

Lastly, I also considered the att-branded S3 and activating it on my current
Consumer Cellular account. I already have a relationship with them and they
cost about the same as ST and PP. I called them to ask about activating an
S3, and they only know about the few phones that they sell.

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:51 AM
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Default Re: Samsung Galaxy S3 on PagePlus?

On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:59:28 -0600, Paul Miner
<pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:

>I was looking at smartphones and liked the Samsung Galaxy S3. The
>conventional wisdom around here seems to be that you should buy your device
>outright and then activate it on PagePlus using the appropriate plan.
>
>Some of the Vzw-branded S3 reviews indicate that Verizon has locked down
>some of the features of the phone, including the easy capability to root it.
>Not sure if that would be important to me, seeing as how this would be my
>first smartphone and I would probably use it the way it comes, other than
>adding or removing some apps. Any thoughts on S3 limitations imposed by Vzw?
>
>Are there any known issues with activating this phone on PagePlus? Does it
>have to be unlocked?


Page Plus is not activating any VZW 4G phones. I asked about using
them, in fact the Galaxy S III specifically, and they told me that
there are people who can "unlock" the phone so it can be used on Page
Plus. Beyond that they had no details. I would try a Page Plus
retailer tha's also a phone repair store, if you are really set on
this combination. Of course it will void the warranty.
>
>Straight Talk, at either the $30/mo level or the $45/mo level, also seems to
>be a pretty good deal. Can the right S3 be activated there? (Obviously not
>the Vzw branded one. I'm not sure which network ST uses, but don't think
>it's Vzw).
>

The $45 ST plan is either T-Mobile or AT&T. You need to specify when
you buy the SIM card. For T-Mobile you will have to cut the standard
SIM card down to microSIM size as ST doesn't supply it that way.
Depending which Galaxy S III you get (T-Mobile, AT&T or unlocked) you
can get the approriate service.

I considered doing the same thing until I got wind of the Google Nexus
4 phone, which I like much better than the Samsung. It's several
hundred dollars cheaper ($300-$350 depending on memory), and comes
unlocked so you can choose any GSM carrier. Many people are using it
with the ST $45 plan on both providers.
>Lastly, I also considered the att-branded S3 and activating it on my current
>Consumer Cellular account. I already have a relationship with them and they
>cost about the same as ST and PP. I called them to ask about activating an
>S3, and they only know about the few phones that they sell.


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Old 01-24-2013, 03:20 AM
Paul Miner
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Default Re: Samsung Galaxy S3 on PagePlus?

On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:51:01 -0800, nobody@nada.com wrote:

>On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:59:28 -0600, Paul Miner
><pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:
>
>>I was looking at smartphones and liked the Samsung Galaxy S3. The
>>conventional wisdom around here seems to be that you should buy your device
>>outright and then activate it on PagePlus using the appropriate plan.
>>
>>Some of the Vzw-branded S3 reviews indicate that Verizon has locked down
>>some of the features of the phone, including the easy capability to root it.
>>Not sure if that would be important to me, seeing as how this would be my
>>first smartphone and I would probably use it the way it comes, other than
>>adding or removing some apps. Any thoughts on S3 limitations imposed by Vzw?
>>
>>Are there any known issues with activating this phone on PagePlus? Does it
>>have to be unlocked?

>
>Page Plus is not activating any VZW 4G phones. I asked about using
>them, in fact the Galaxy S III specifically, and they told me that
>there are people who can "unlock" the phone so it can be used on Page
>Plus. Beyond that they had no details. I would try a Page Plus
>retailer tha's also a phone repair store, if you are really set on
>this combination. Of course it will void the warranty.


I'm not dead set on an S3-PP combo, so given the information above, this
option seems unlikely. To be completely honest, despite the favorable press
PagePlus receives in this group, none of their plans seem to be a good fit
for me. They either seem to have too little data or too much cost. Alas, I
don't live in the tiny area of the country where free WiFi is ubiquitous and
I'm openly jealous of the few people who do live there.

>>Straight Talk, at either the $30/mo level or the $45/mo level, also seems to
>>be a pretty good deal. Can the right S3 be activated there? (Obviously not
>>the Vzw branded one. I'm not sure which network ST uses, but don't think
>>it's Vzw).
>>

>The $45 ST plan is either T-Mobile or AT&T. You need to specify when
>you buy the SIM card. For T-Mobile you will have to cut the standard
>SIM card down to microSIM size as ST doesn't supply it that way.
>Depending which Galaxy S III you get (T-Mobile, AT&T or unlocked) you
>can get the approriate service.


Cool, I'll keep that option on the table.

>I considered doing the same thing until I got wind of the Google Nexus
>4 phone, which I like much better than the Samsung. It's several
>hundred dollars cheaper ($300-$350 depending on memory), and comes
>unlocked so you can choose any GSM carrier. Many people are using it
>with the ST $45 plan on both providers.


I'm fatigued by all of the reading I've done over the past months on which
phone is the better value for the money. Now that I've mostly settled on the
S3, (the Note II was my second choice), I hate the thought of going back for
yet more research.

>>Lastly, I also considered the att-branded S3 and activating it on my current
>>Consumer Cellular account. I already have a relationship with them and they
>>cost about the same as ST and PP. I called them to ask about activating an
>>S3, and they only know about the few phones that they sell.


Follow-up to the Consumer Cellular thing. While their tech support wasn't
much help, there are Google results indicating that the S3 works fine on
that service after trimming the SIM card down to micro size.

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Old 01-24-2013, 09:47 AM
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Default Re: Samsung Galaxy S3 on PagePlus?

On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:20:11 -0600, Paul Miner
<pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:

>On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:51:01 -0800, nobody@nada.com wrote:
>
>>On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:59:28 -0600, Paul Miner
>><pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:
>>
>>>I was looking at smartphones and liked the Samsung Galaxy S3. The
>>>conventional wisdom around here seems to be that you should buy your device
>>>outright and then activate it on PagePlus using the appropriate plan.
>>>
>>>Some of the Vzw-branded S3 reviews indicate that Verizon has locked down
>>>some of the features of the phone, including the easy capability to root it.
>>>Not sure if that would be important to me, seeing as how this would be my
>>>first smartphone and I would probably use it the way it comes, other than
>>>adding or removing some apps. Any thoughts on S3 limitations imposed by Vzw?
>>>
>>>Are there any known issues with activating this phone on PagePlus? Does it
>>>have to be unlocked?

>>
>>Page Plus is not activating any VZW 4G phones. I asked about using
>>them, in fact the Galaxy S III specifically, and they told me that
>>there are people who can "unlock" the phone so it can be used on Page
>>Plus. Beyond that they had no details. I would try a Page Plus
>>retailer tha's also a phone repair store, if you are really set on
>>this combination. Of course it will void the warranty.

>
>I'm not dead set on an S3-PP combo, so given the information above, this
>option seems unlikely. To be completely honest, despite the favorable press
>PagePlus receives in this group, none of their plans seem to be a good fit
>for me. They either seem to have too little data or too much cost. Alas, I
>don't live in the tiny area of the country where free WiFi is ubiquitous and
>I'm openly jealous of the few people who do live there.
>
>>>Straight Talk, at either the $30/mo level or the $45/mo level, also seems to
>>>be a pretty good deal. Can the right S3 be activated there? (Obviously not
>>>the Vzw branded one. I'm not sure which network ST uses, but don't think
>>>it's Vzw).
>>>

>>The $45 ST plan is either T-Mobile or AT&T. You need to specify when
>>you buy the SIM card. For T-Mobile you will have to cut the standard
>>SIM card down to microSIM size as ST doesn't supply it that way.
>>Depending which Galaxy S III you get (T-Mobile, AT&T or unlocked) you
>>can get the approriate service.

>
>Cool, I'll keep that option on the table.
>
>>I considered doing the same thing until I got wind of the Google Nexus
>>4 phone, which I like much better than the Samsung. It's several
>>hundred dollars cheaper ($300-$350 depending on memory), and comes
>>unlocked so you can choose any GSM carrier. Many people are using it
>>with the ST $45 plan on both providers.

>
>I'm fatigued by all of the reading I've done over the past months on which
>phone is the better value for the money. Now that I've mostly settled on the
>S3, (the Note II was my second choice), I hate the thought of going back for
>yet more research.
>
>>>Lastly, I also considered the att-branded S3 and activating it on my current
>>>Consumer Cellular account. I already have a relationship with them and they
>>>cost about the same as ST and PP. I called them to ask about activating an
>>>S3, and they only know about the few phones that they sell.

>
>Follow-up to the Consumer Cellular thing. While their tech support wasn't
>much help, there are Google results indicating that the S3 works fine on
>that service after trimming the SIM card down to micro size.


How much voice do you need, how much data? I'm happy with the T-Mobile
$30 a month plan - 100 minutes talk, unlimited text, 5GB high speed
data. Extra talk minutes are 10 cents, and you can use Google Voice
and Talkatone app to make calls using wifi or data allowance. The 100
minute cap has never been a problem for me.

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Old 01-24-2013, 09:50 AM
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On 1/23/2013 4:59 PM, Paul Miner wrote:

> Lastly, I also considered the att-branded S3 and activating it on my current
> Consumer Cellular account. I already have a relationship with them and they
> cost about the same as ST and PP.


Consumer Cellular is much more expensive than Pageplus.

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:30 PM
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On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:47:52 -0800, nobody@nada.com wrote:

>On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:20:11 -0600, Paul Miner
><pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:
>
>>On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:51:01 -0800, nobody@nada.com wrote:
>>
>>>On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:59:28 -0600, Paul Miner
>>><pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:
>>>
>>>>I was looking at smartphones and liked the Samsung Galaxy S3. The
>>>>conventional wisdom around here seems to be that you should buy your device
>>>>outright and then activate it on PagePlus using the appropriate plan.
>>>>
>>>>Some of the Vzw-branded S3 reviews indicate that Verizon has locked down
>>>>some of the features of the phone, including the easy capability to root it.
>>>>Not sure if that would be important to me, seeing as how this would be my
>>>>first smartphone and I would probably use it the way it comes, other than
>>>>adding or removing some apps. Any thoughts on S3 limitations imposed by Vzw?
>>>>
>>>>Are there any known issues with activating this phone on PagePlus? Does it
>>>>have to be unlocked?
>>>
>>>Page Plus is not activating any VZW 4G phones. I asked about using
>>>them, in fact the Galaxy S III specifically, and they told me that
>>>there are people who can "unlock" the phone so it can be used on Page
>>>Plus. Beyond that they had no details. I would try a Page Plus
>>>retailer tha's also a phone repair store, if you are really set on
>>>this combination. Of course it will void the warranty.

>>
>>I'm not dead set on an S3-PP combo, so given the information above, this
>>option seems unlikely. To be completely honest, despite the favorable press
>>PagePlus receives in this group, none of their plans seem to be a good fit
>>for me. They either seem to have too little data or too much cost. Alas, I
>>don't live in the tiny area of the country where free WiFi is ubiquitous and
>>I'm openly jealous of the few people who do live there.
>>
>>>>Straight Talk, at either the $30/mo level or the $45/mo level, also seems to
>>>>be a pretty good deal. Can the right S3 be activated there? (Obviously not
>>>>the Vzw branded one. I'm not sure which network ST uses, but don't think
>>>>it's Vzw).
>>>>
>>>The $45 ST plan is either T-Mobile or AT&T. You need to specify when
>>>you buy the SIM card. For T-Mobile you will have to cut the standard
>>>SIM card down to microSIM size as ST doesn't supply it that way.
>>>Depending which Galaxy S III you get (T-Mobile, AT&T or unlocked) you
>>>can get the approriate service.

>>
>>Cool, I'll keep that option on the table.
>>
>>>I considered doing the same thing until I got wind of the Google Nexus
>>>4 phone, which I like much better than the Samsung. It's several
>>>hundred dollars cheaper ($300-$350 depending on memory), and comes
>>>unlocked so you can choose any GSM carrier. Many people are using it
>>>with the ST $45 plan on both providers.

>>
>>I'm fatigued by all of the reading I've done over the past months on which
>>phone is the better value for the money. Now that I've mostly settled on the
>>S3, (the Note II was my second choice), I hate the thought of going back for
>>yet more research.
>>
>>>>Lastly, I also considered the att-branded S3 and activating it on my current
>>>>Consumer Cellular account. I already have a relationship with them and they
>>>>cost about the same as ST and PP. I called them to ask about activating an
>>>>S3, and they only know about the few phones that they sell.

>>
>>Follow-up to the Consumer Cellular thing. While their tech support wasn't
>>much help, there are Google results indicating that the S3 works fine on
>>that service after trimming the SIM card down to micro size.

>
>How much voice do you need, how much data? I'm happy with the T-Mobile
>$30 a month plan - 100 minutes talk, unlimited text, 5GB high speed
>data. Extra talk minutes are 10 cents, and you can use Google Voice
>and Talkatone app to make calls using wifi or data allowance. The 100
>minute cap has never been a problem for me.


Voice - I'm on a shared Consumer Cellular plan with my wife. We usually
manage to squeak by with the 350-minute plan. In the unusual months where we
exceed that threshold, (at 0.10/minute), I do the math and bump the plan up
to 750 minutes if that would be cheaper, and then drop it back to 350
minutes for the next billing cycle.

Texts - we're currently on the 100-text shared plan and it's a good fit, but
our current phones (Moto V196) require triple-tapping, so texts are painful.
With a smartphone, we think we would easily double or triple the number of
texts we send because it will be so much easier to compose them.

Data - we currently use none at all because of the handsets we use, but a
smartphone would change that. I don't know how much we need. We have WiFi at
home and in a pinch I think we could find free WiFi when we're out and
about, but I have no experience to draw on here for how much data I need.
Most plans offer a paltry amount of data for a large amount of money.

I picked up a flyer for the T-Mo $30/month deal the other day, but the 100
minutes of talk was throwing me off. The rest of that deal actually looks
fine. Using data to make voice calls is something that I forgot about being
able to do, so thanks for the reminder.

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:46 PM
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On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:50:13 -0800, sms <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote:

>On 1/23/2013 4:59 PM, Paul Miner wrote:
>
>> Lastly, I also considered the att-branded S3 and activating it on my current
>> Consumer Cellular account. I already have a relationship with them and they
>> cost about the same as ST and PP.

>
>Consumer Cellular is much more expensive than Pageplus.


I must be missing something because I don't find that to be the case. I'm
comparing two single PagePlus plans to a shared Consumer Cellular plan. I
tried to lay the respective plans and their costs side by side, and other
than the $12 PP plan, Consumer Cellular always seems to be a bit less than
PP.

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Old 01-25-2013, 01:49 AM
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>How much voice do you need, how much data? I'm happy with the T-Mobile
>$30 a month plan - 100 minutes talk, unlimited text, 5GB high speed
>data. Extra talk minutes are 10 cents, and you can use Google Voice
>and Talkatone app to make calls using wifi or data allowance. The 100
>minute cap has never been a problem for me.


That plan sounds good if I could use it with tethering. Is it true
that direct T-mobile is hostile to tethering without paying extra? My
brother uses T-mobile via StraightTalk and has no problem tethering on
the $45/month unlimited plan.

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Old 01-25-2013, 05:39 PM
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On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:30:13 -0600, Paul Miner
<pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:

>On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:47:52 -0800, nobody@nada.com wrote:
>
>>On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:20:11 -0600, Paul Miner
>><pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:
>>
>>>On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:51:01 -0800, nobody@nada.com wrote:
>>>
>>>>On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:59:28 -0600, Paul Miner
>>>><pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>>I was looking at smartphones and liked the Samsung Galaxy S3. The
>>>>>conventional wisdom around here seems to be that you should buy your device
>>>>>outright and then activate it on PagePlus using the appropriate plan.
>>>>>
>>>>>Some of the Vzw-branded S3 reviews indicate that Verizon has locked down
>>>>>some of the features of the phone, including the easy capability to root it.
>>>>>Not sure if that would be important to me, seeing as how this would be my
>>>>>first smartphone and I would probably use it the way it comes, other than
>>>>>adding or removing some apps. Any thoughts on S3 limitations imposed by Vzw?
>>>>>
>>>>>Are there any known issues with activating this phone on PagePlus? Does it
>>>>>have to be unlocked?
>>>>
>>>>Page Plus is not activating any VZW 4G phones. I asked about using
>>>>them, in fact the Galaxy S III specifically, and they told me that
>>>>there are people who can "unlock" the phone so it can be used on Page
>>>>Plus. Beyond that they had no details. I would try a Page Plus
>>>>retailer tha's also a phone repair store, if you are really set on
>>>>this combination. Of course it will void the warranty.
>>>
>>>I'm not dead set on an S3-PP combo, so given the information above, this
>>>option seems unlikely. To be completely honest, despite the favorable press
>>>PagePlus receives in this group, none of their plans seem to be a good fit
>>>for me. They either seem to have too little data or too much cost. Alas, I
>>>don't live in the tiny area of the country where free WiFi is ubiquitous and
>>>I'm openly jealous of the few people who do live there.
>>>
>>>>>Straight Talk, at either the $30/mo level or the $45/mo level, also seems to
>>>>>be a pretty good deal. Can the right S3 be activated there? (Obviously not
>>>>>the Vzw branded one. I'm not sure which network ST uses, but don't think
>>>>>it's Vzw).
>>>>>
>>>>The $45 ST plan is either T-Mobile or AT&T. You need to specify when
>>>>you buy the SIM card. For T-Mobile you will have to cut the standard
>>>>SIM card down to microSIM size as ST doesn't supply it that way.
>>>>Depending which Galaxy S III you get (T-Mobile, AT&T or unlocked) you
>>>>can get the approriate service.
>>>
>>>Cool, I'll keep that option on the table.
>>>
>>>>I considered doing the same thing until I got wind of the Google Nexus
>>>>4 phone, which I like much better than the Samsung. It's several
>>>>hundred dollars cheaper ($300-$350 depending on memory), and comes
>>>>unlocked so you can choose any GSM carrier. Many people are using it
>>>>with the ST $45 plan on both providers.
>>>
>>>I'm fatigued by all of the reading I've done over the past months on which
>>>phone is the better value for the money. Now that I've mostly settled on the
>>>S3, (the Note II was my second choice), I hate the thought of going back for
>>>yet more research.
>>>
>>>>>Lastly, I also considered the att-branded S3 and activating it on my current
>>>>>Consumer Cellular account. I already have a relationship with them and they
>>>>>cost about the same as ST and PP. I called them to ask about activating an
>>>>>S3, and they only know about the few phones that they sell.
>>>
>>>Follow-up to the Consumer Cellular thing. While their tech support wasn't
>>>much help, there are Google results indicating that the S3 works fine on
>>>that service after trimming the SIM card down to micro size.

>>
>>How much voice do you need, how much data? I'm happy with the T-Mobile
>>$30 a month plan - 100 minutes talk, unlimited text, 5GB high speed
>>data. Extra talk minutes are 10 cents, and you can use Google Voice
>>and Talkatone app to make calls using wifi or data allowance. The 100
>>minute cap has never been a problem for me.

>
>Voice - I'm on a shared Consumer Cellular plan with my wife. We usually
>manage to squeak by with the 350-minute plan. In the unusual months where we
>exceed that threshold, (at 0.10/minute), I do the math and bump the plan up
>to 750 minutes if that would be cheaper, and then drop it back to 350
>minutes for the next billing cycle.
>
>Texts - we're currently on the 100-text shared plan and it's a good fit, but
>our current phones (Moto V196) require triple-tapping, so texts are painful.
>With a smartphone, we think we would easily double or triple the number of
>texts we send because it will be so much easier to compose them.
>
>Data - we currently use none at all because of the handsets we use, but a
>smartphone would change that. I don't know how much we need. We have WiFi at
>home and in a pinch I think we could find free WiFi when we're out and
>about, but I have no experience to draw on here for how much data I need.
>Most plans offer a paltry amount of data for a large amount of money.


Most plans have more data than the average smartphone user actually
uses.
http://www.fiercewireless.com/specia...s-carriers-thr
>


>I picked up a flyer for the T-Mo $30/month deal the other day, but the 100
>minutes of talk was throwing me off. The rest of that deal actually looks
>fine. Using data to make voice calls is something that I forgot about being
>able to do, so thanks for the reminder.




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Old 01-25-2013, 05:45 PM
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On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:15:36 -0800, The Other Guy
<KnewsKgnus@gmail.com> wrote:

>On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:46:49 -0600, Paul Miner
><pminer@elrancho.invalid> wrote:
>
>>On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:50:13 -0800, sms <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote:
>>
>>>On 1/23/2013 4:59 PM, Paul Miner wrote:
>>>
>>>> Lastly, I also considered the att-branded S3 and activating it on my current
>>>> Consumer Cellular account. I already have a relationship with them and they
>>>> cost about the same as ST and PP.
>>>
>>>Consumer Cellular is much more expensive than Pageplus.

>>
>>I must be missing something because I don't find that to be the case. I'm
>>comparing two single PagePlus plans to a shared Consumer Cellular plan. I
>>tried to lay the respective plans and their costs side by side, and other
>>than the $12 PP plan, Consumer Cellular always seems to be a bit less than
>>PP.

>
>There is NO WAY that CC is cheaper than PP, on ANY plan!
>
>You still have a $10 monthly fee if you use NO minutes,
>AND pay 25 cents a minute that way, versus the $10 for
>100 minutes over 4 months that I get from PP.
>
>The ONLY way you get 10 cents a minute on CC is if you
>buy the 4000 minute pan, then go over that.
>
>EVERY other plan they have is 25 cents a minute for overage,
>OR you have to upgrade to a higher plan!
>
>Oh, AND text and data is an add-on.
>
>And then ANOTHER $10 for the family share plan!
>
>
>
>

Looking at the Consumer Cellular, I can't figure any reasonable usage
under which it would be cheaper than Page Plus. Their data/text
packages are pretty pricey too.

Page Plus, Straight Talk, T-Mobile prepaid all look like much better
deals.

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Old 01-25-2013, 05:56 PM
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On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:49:12 -0600, M.L. <me@privacy.invalid> wrote:

>
>
>>How much voice do you need, how much data? I'm happy with the T-Mobile
>>$30 a month plan - 100 minutes talk, unlimited text, 5GB high speed
>>data. Extra talk minutes are 10 cents, and you can use Google Voice
>>and Talkatone app to make calls using wifi or data allowance. The 100
>>minute cap has never been a problem for me.

>
>That plan sounds good if I could use it with tethering. Is it true
>that direct T-mobile is hostile to tethering without paying extra? My
>brother uses T-mobile via StraightTalk and has no problem tethering on
>the $45/month unlimited plan.


T-Mobile will block tethering unless you pay extra if you try to do it
with the tethering app that comes in the T-Mobile phone. There are
other apps that you can use to tether. Some do require rooting the
phone while a few don't. Here's a popular one
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...NvbS5mb3hmaSJd

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Old 01-25-2013, 06:29 PM
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nobody@nada.com wrote on [Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:39:24 -0800]:
>
> Most plans have more data than the average smartphone user actually
> uses.
> http://www.fiercewireless.com/specia...s-carriers-thr


Verizon iPhone users use almost 2GB ... wow

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Old 01-26-2013, 02:38 AM
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>>>How much voice do you need, how much data? I'm happy with the T-Mobile
>>>$30 a month plan - 100 minutes talk, unlimited text, 5GB high speed
>>>data. Extra talk minutes are 10 cents, and you can use Google Voice
>>>and Talkatone app to make calls using wifi or data allowance. The 100
>>>minute cap has never been a problem for me.

>>
>>That plan sounds good if I could use it with tethering. Is it true
>>that direct T-mobile is hostile to tethering without paying extra? My
>>brother uses T-mobile via StraightTalk and has no problem tethering on
>>the $45/month unlimited plan.

>
>T-Mobile will block tethering unless you pay extra if you try to do it
>with the tethering app that comes in the T-Mobile phone. There are
>other apps that you can use to tether. Some do require rooting the
>phone while a few don't. Here's a popular one
>https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...NvbS5mb3hmaSJd


Thanks for the info. I thought T-mobile had ways of blocking or
discovering *any* tethering of its data plans, rooted or not, 3rd
party apps or not, and that using StraightTalk on T-mobile was a
workaround.

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Old 01-26-2013, 02:44 AM
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>T-Mobile will block tethering unless you pay extra if you try to do it
>with the tethering app that comes in the T-Mobile phone. There are
>other apps that you can use to tether. Some do require rooting the
>phone while a few don't. Here's a popular one
>https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...NvbS5mb3hmaSJd


FoxFi worked well for a while for my brother but he says the app
started asking for payment upgrade after a short usage span (I see one
of the comments from your link mentions that also). He now uses
1-Click WiFi Tether No Root (free) and loves it.

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