T-Mobile’s Latest Uncarrier Move And What You Need To Know

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Verizon subscribers have been pounded for the last 24 hours on social media with the dangling carrot of cheaper cellular rates from T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO, John Legere. Of course, lower rates are one thing, but when Mr. Legere and company are offering to pay off your iPhone or Pixel device, in full, then let you use it on their network, something doesn’t seem to add up. Taking a closer look at the #GetOutoftheRed offerings, depending on your plan and usage, it may or may not be the way to go for many users. Here’s a quick rundown of the Verizon portion of the offer as the Sprint and AT&T converts have a much more simple alternative available to them.

Verizon iPhone, Pixel or Pixel XL users that are paying for their device under the Verizon Device Payment Program and that have made at least 2 payments on the device can come to a T-Mobile store, and port their number to a T-Mobile One plan and add the T-Mobile Premium Device Protection Plus for $15 per device, per month. It’s pretty simple, but is it actually a decent deal or not? Of course, not content with that, Legere goes on to offer the fourth line free once again. Breaking down the pricing for a single line, it looks like this:

Verizon: $65.00 unlimited data fee + $20.00 line access fee – $5 autopay discount + 20% taxes (varies by location) = $96.00 a month plus phone payment

T-Mobile: $80.00 unlimited data fee + $0.00 line access fee + $15.00 premium protection + $0 taxes = $95.00

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The true comparison here is how much you owe on that device. If you purchased the device on a $10 or $15 a month deal, you could save a bit of money over the next year having  T-Mobile pay it off for you, but if you spend $30 a month or more on that device, you could really rack up some savings quickly. Now, a family of four is where the savings really start to pile up, if everyone is on board.

Verizon: $110 unlimited data fee + $80.00 line access fees (4 lines) – $10.00 autopay discount + 20% taxes (varies by location) = $216.00

T-Mobile: $140 unlimited data fee + $0.00 line access fee + $60.00 premium protection +$0 taxes – $20.00 4th line fee = $180.00

With all of this said, the bottom line with any service plan is if it works where you need it to. As with any major change to your cellular plan, we always recommend ordering a lower cost prepaid SIM (preferably a PayGo card with $10 loaded on it) so you can see what coverage is like where you use the device the most. You can always take a leap of faith, but for less than $20 a year on a single line, Verizon still has more coverage in more places for not much more money. Of course, if you are paying off a $35 a month device and have $500 left to pay on it, that savings adds up much faster. Family plan users have a much more difficult choice to make. With a standard savings of almost $450 a year right off the top, it becomes much easier to deal with a few gaps in coverage. Add a few of those $35 phone payments in, and instantly you are saving over $2000 in the first year.

Is the T-Mobile move the right one for you and your family? Only you can say that for sure. For now, let your wallet be your guide and jump on this deal if you think it’s the right one for you.

Save 15% On The Total Package From Total Wireless

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The nation’s best LTE network. Consistent coverage almost anywhere in the US. Unlimited talk, text and 5GB of lower speed LTE data for just $35 a month. This is the Total Wireless experience and right now, you can snag this amazing deal for even less with 15% off any Total Wireless purchase. Phones, plans and even hotspots are included with this deal. With Total Wireless, you have the full power of the Verizon Wireless network at your fingertips. From coast to coast coverage to a 30% savings over Verizon’s own prepaid service, Total Wireless has the coverage you need at a price that simply cannot be beat. Families can watch the savings add up even faster with a $95 four line plan that includes 15GB of shared data each month. Additional ‘Carryover’ data will only cost $3.34 a GB with their 3GB for $10 data add on that never expires.

Total Wireless offers an unmatched experience and prices that will take your $200 a month Verizon bill and chop it in half. Check out the offer below and see how fast you can start saving and how fast you can switch to Total Wireless. With this 15% off deal, you may just want to order a new phone or two while you’re shopping for that new plan. Just use promo code TOTAL15 at checkout to grab the deal when you hit the link below.

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Bring Your Own Phone To Republic Wireless And Watch The Savings Roll In

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Most people do not know who or what Republic Wireless is or what they do, and that is a travesty. In fact, over the last 5 years, there hasn’t been much more of a disruptive player in the cellular game. As a start up years ago, Republic offered a “hybrid” wireless service that uses your own, or public, Wi-Fi connections to carry your calls and data instead of a costly cellular network. That’s great when you have access to said Wi-Fi spots, but when they weren’t around, you could fall back on to the Sprint LTE and voice networks. Loosely put, Republic found a way to supplement Sprint’s own network using Wi-Fi connections. It was brilliant, and the price was even better. Fast forward a few years and things look even better for users of Republic’s service.

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Republic’s plans start at just $15 a month for unlimited talk and text service. For an extra $5, you can add 1 GB of LTE data to your plan. For $30, your data increases to 2GB of cellular data. $45 moves you to 4GB, $60 takes you to 6GB, and $90 will take you all the way to 10GB of cellular data. Of course, being the budget minded site that we are, we want to spend more time talking about the $20-30 plans, not those higher up plans that don’t offer quite the value that the smaller ones do. With a cost of under $250 a year for an unlimited voice and text plan with 1GB of LTE data, Republic has really set the bar high for others to follow. Of course, there isn’t a way to offer a plan like this without a catch, and this is where Republic has really grown up over the past few years. Initially, there was only one device you could use with Republic. Then it turned into a few more approved devices. Currently, they have 9 devices you can purchase from them for use on their plans and they start at under $150.

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That’s not all the good news though. Republic Wireless has also begun allowing users to bring their own devices to the plans as well. If you own just about any of the major Samsung, Moto or Nexus devices from the past few years, or the Pixel or Pixel XL by Google, you can bring your device straight to Republic and start saving today. Just a $5 SIM card and you are up and running with these great plans. If you’re ready to have your yearly cellular bill look more like your monthly one does right now, then hit the link below and check out how much Republic Wireless can save you.

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The New FreedomPop For Business Plans Are Exactly What The World Needed

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After the rapid “almost disappointment” of the FreedomPop Freemium Family Plans wore off, the good folks from FP were back in our inbox with a brand new business offering. As the link was clicked, expectations were pretty low. Fortunately, this new deal is exactly what the family plan should have been to start with. For starters, there’s no pesky “line access fee” on the business side of things. Second, the amount of data for a “business of four” is 2GB, not 1GB. Also included with the plan is unlimited talk and text. It’s about as good as a plan can get, and it’s free.

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From there, users can upgrade to a 4GB plan for $34.99, a 10GB plan for $74.99 or a 25GB plan for $159.99 a month. These plans include up to 25 lines per account. While that is a steal right there, the real savings begins to kick in when the features are added in. With a business account, users will also get three major FreedomPop Add-On’s completely free. Visual Voicemail, MMS messaging and enhanced customer support are all included with the business package.

There’s no telling how long this special introductory pricing will last, so stop by the FreedomPop home page today and check out the new business offerings and finally cut your cell bill to ZERO on a plan that really makes sense. Unlimited talk and text with 2GB of shared data for free each month. Now that’s a deal that’s perfect for most users.

 

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Is The Galaxy S8 The Greatest Smartphone Design Ever?

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The latest offering from Samsung Mobile, the Galaxy S8 and its big brother, the S8 Plus, could quite possibly be as perfect of a design as any smartphone could ever have. It’s true. After seeing the device in person, holding it, and using it for a very short period of time, the S8 is just about as perfectly designed device as it is possible to make today. With a gorgeous display, plenty of storage and RAM, a great camera (both front and back) and the inclusion of an external storage slot, the S8 family really has come about as far as anyone could expect a phone to come, within reason. With such high praise, it may be tough to stomach this next statement, but here goes… You probably don’t want or need one, even if you want one.

The facts are, smartphones have been ‘dialed in’ over the last few years. Some offerings from long time makers like Motorola provide a much better price to performance ratio than the S8 will ever offer. New comers (and we say new – like last 5 years) like Huawei, OnePlus and Xiaomi are blowing the doors open on the performance levels of lower priced devices as well. The issue at hand becomes how much is enough and how much money is too much? The Samsung Galaxy S8 retails for $750 at AT&T*, T-Mobile and Sprint also have the S8 at $750, but do not offer the BOGO deal that AT&T does for bundling your phone and TV service. Verizon Wireless has the phone at a lower retail of $720 but a higher monthly cost for service than both Sprint and T-Mobile. Any way you slice it, a pack of Galaxy S8’s for the family is going to set the budget back about $3000. Spread this over $120 a month, it doesn’t seem so bad, but when you can pick up the very capable Moto G5 Plus for under $230 a piece, it’s a bit tougher to swallow that premium handset price.

This is not to say that the S8 and S8 Plus aren’t worth the additional cash, because the devices are brilliant, but there should come a point in time where families, and frankly anyone, begins to look at what they are purchasing and how much it is costing them each and every month verses how much they are using it. For example, you could go buy a new Ferrari to commute to work in, but sitting in traffic, it just looks pretty and it doesn’t hold nearly the amount of groceries that a Honda Civic does. It’s practicality. It’s something that is lost when we go online and see a new phone for “just $30 a month” when you sign up for easy pay. Here’s a news flash for you – if you talk less than 1000 minutes a month and don’t use much over a GB of data, you can get your phone and service for a full year for about that cost. It’s scary to think what a family could do with an extra $2000 a year, isn’t it?

That said, it’s one of the easiest statements we’ve ever made, “The Galaxy S8 is possibly the best smartphone design we have ever seen,” but you probably want to look elsewhere for something to spend that extra $500+ a device you’d save if you went for something like the Moto G5 Plus instead.

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* – AT&T is offering a Buy One Get One Free deal if you subscribe DirecTV and purchase the devices via the AT&T Next program.

HTC Announces New U Announcement Coming In May

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So far, the HTC rumormill is holding true with today’s announcement of a ‘squeezable’ U coming to the market soon. By soon, we mean sometime this spring/summer. As with any launch, this one has been already ruined by various online leaksters, which all but eliminates any excitement we have for the event. The leaked specs have the device pinned with a 5.5” display and variants that range from a 4GB/64GB memory/storage option to a 6GB/128GB option. Both models are expected to carry the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor as well. There has been no mention of any carrier variants or other details at this time, though HTC seems to be trying to do a bit more direct marketing as of late. If this keeps pace with various other HTC announcements, the release of the U should happen sometime in June, with preorders being taken immediately following the announcement.

 

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FreedomPop Launches Free Family Plan–Sort Of…

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Deceptive advertising always gets our feathers in a ruffle. While the Freemium MVNO FreedomPop has done some ‘interesting’ plays with marketing in the past, the new “free family plan” advertisements may be taking things a bit too far for our tastes. For those that aren’t aware, FreedomPop is an MVNO that began operating on the Sprint network about 5 years ago. Their premise was simple, utilize Sprint’s struggling WiMAX network to offer extremely low cost VoIP and internet service. Obviously, it has worked out for hundreds of thousands of people and even after the debacle of Sprint shuttering their WiMAX bands, FreedomPop is still very much alive and kicking. In fact, they’ve grown their offerings to rival some of the best carriers in the world. Today, FreedomPop offers service in the US, UK and Spain. Through their Global SIM program, they offer roaming free coverage in over 20 countries around the world. Their US coverage has also been stepped up with the addition of Sprint SPARK LTE and now a new GSM LTE program that is run through the AT&T network. Overall, things are looking very good for FreedomPop, including their new, incredibly low cost family plans.

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This is where the “fuzzy advertising” kicks in. FreedomPop is touting their new 100% free family mobile phone plans just about everywhere right now. Their free plan includes 1GB of data and unlimited talk and text each month. The paid plans are then offered with 2GB ($14.99), 4GB ($34.99), 10GB ($74.99) or 25GB ($159.99) of shared data per month. So far so good, until you get to the fine print about the $5 a month line access fee for each device on the plan. This means that the “free” plan will actually cost a family of 4 $20 a month. This is still a remarkable deal, but it is difficult to understand why FreedomPop feels the need to state the the plan is free, when in fact, it is not.

Taking a quick look at the numbers, the FreedomPop family plan is still a complete steal, which is why we originally looked at the offer. For $20, a family of 4 can share 1GB of data and have unlimited talk and text service each month. For under $60 a month, the same family can share 4GB of data, while 10GB will still keep the family bill under $100. The savings over carriers like Verizon or T-Mobile will add up very quickly, especially when you work in the fact that a certified preowned device from FreedomPop will only cost about $30 out of pocket to get started. The total one year cost on the 4GB plan comes in at $779.84 verses $1887.60 for the same plan on Verizon. That’s a savings of over $1100 a month, or $2200 over the two years you have to stay with Verizon to get that ‘free’ phone. More loosely translated, that’s an extra house payment, a couple of car payments or even a family vacation.

The FreedomPop Family Mobile Plans are definitely worth checking out, especially if you and the kids will only need to have data access occasionally. The lower tier 1GB, 2GB and 4GB plans are serious money savers over the big boys. Hit the link below to find out more and grab this deal before it’s gone.

Free Trial Family Mobile Phone Plan + FREE Shared 4GB Trial and Line Access Fee

 

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