Recommendation for two lines of service

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5 months 3 days ago #32449 by joseph
I need a recommendation for two lines of service at the lowest cost. I want it to be set and forget; no need to look at or change the plan or sim card once the service is established. Any of the four major carriers' network is equally acceptable. The two lines could use different providers, if that would reduce costs.

The first line is for a flip phone. It requires unlimited voice and nothing else.

The second line is for a Moto G6 smartphone that supports all major carriers. It requires unlimited voice and text as well as at least 500 MB data/month.

The primary consideration, after the above requirements are met, is to find the lowest cost provider.

TIA

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5 months 3 days ago #32450 by Chelle

joseph wrote: I need a recommendation for two lines of service at the lowest cost. I want it to be set and forget; no need to look at or change the plan or sim card once the service is established. Any of the four major carriers' network is equally acceptable. The two lines could use different providers, if that would reduce costs.

The first line is for a flip phone. It requires unlimited voice and nothing else.

The second line is for a Moto G6 smartphone that supports all major carriers. It requires unlimited voice and text as well as at least 500 MB data/month.

The primary consideration, after the above requirements are met, is to find the lowest cost provider.

TIA


Unreal Mobile. Sprint network. Unlimited talk, text, and data, with 1GB of high speed and unlimited very low speed. $10/mo. including taxes.
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5 months 3 days ago - 5 months 3 days ago #32451 by Diedrich_Duo
@joseph,
You might want to check out all of your available options by using the interactive tool on this website:
prepaidcompare.net/
You can set parameters as to which carriers and what amounts of talk/text/data you require (if you want unlimited, enter "1001" in that field and it goes to unlimited automatically). Once you enter your information it updates your options, beginning with the least expensive plans.

Good luck to you!
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5 months 3 days ago #32456 by KentE
Chelle's Unreal Mobile suggestion might be especially a good choice for the flip phone. It can be problematic to set up a flip phone on a lot of carriers because of the move to LTE. It might be a good idea to think backwards about activating a flip, and figure out which flip you have, or can get-- and what carrier is dictated by the phone.

Verizon won't activate a phone that isn't VoLTE capable on MVNOs after the end of 2018 (once activated, grandfathered for use through 2019.) Not many flip phones are VoLTE capable, but you could activate a 3G flip phone through the end of the year.

AT&T requires 3G to activate a phone (no more 2G network), and I've seen a reference (although I haven't confirmed) that they may not allow activation of non-LTE phones next year. There is this AT&T Prepaid flip that could be used on AT&T MVNOs.
www.bestbuy.com/site/at-t-prepaid-cingular-flip-2-dark-gray/6265817.p?skuId=6265817
(If new activation of a non-LTE phone isn't allowed, I wonder if it will be possible to activate an LTE phone, and move that SIM into a 3G phone?)

T-Mobile, as far as I know, still allows 2G or 3G phones, but they're going to be phasing that out in different locations. (No 3G support in many areas already,)

Sprint keeps trucking along by allowing nearly any older flip- or feature-phone to be activated, although older single-band phones likely won't work anymore (The networks exist, but the phone may not be capable of a profile update to access them.). If you need a Sprint-network flip phone, there are plenty on the used market.
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5 months 3 days ago #32457 by joseph
Thank you Chelle, Diedrich and Kent. Keep the ideas coming, though Unreal definitely seems like a winner. I believe Unreal uses real cellular voice unlike their sister service FreedomPop; correct?

Kent and anyone else familiar, what Sprint flip phones are most economically available (even used)?

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5 months 3 days ago - 5 months 3 days ago #32460 by KentE
The Sprint Dura phones get very high marks for everything except weight and bulk. They're built like tanks.
I wish RingPlus Social was still accessible, as there was a really good discussion about Sprint flip phones there. I bought a couple of used ones for a friend's parents a couple of years ago, about $27 each via a good ebay seller.
I think the Sanyo Katana (used) was mentioned as being another good choice, less bulky and lighter. I don't remember whether is was affected by the single-band issue, though.

Unreal is real cellular voice on their Sprint-network BYOP plans, but VoIP on the AT&T SIM plans.
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5 months 3 days ago #32463 by Isamorph

joseph wrote: Thank you Chelle, Diedrich and Kent. Keep the ideas coming, though Unreal definitely seems like a winner. I believe Unreal uses real cellular voice unlike their sister service FreedomPop; correct?

Kent and anyone else familiar, what Sprint flip phones are most economically available (even used)?


In addition to what KentE has said, here's a link to some inexpensive Sprint flip phones that I'm fond of, and have been using two of for a few years, which I purchased used.

www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Sprint+Kyocera+flip+phones&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=Sprint+flip+or+bar+phones
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5 months 3 days ago #32465 by st3fx
I am not sure what if any device restrictions Unreal has for BYOP (CDMA/Sprint).

For the flip phone unlimited voice, you will pay more for Tello, but there will no headaches if you have to swap device, contact support, etc.
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5 months 3 days ago - 5 months 3 days ago #32467 by Isamorph
@st3fx: good point about Tello. I have had a person set up on Tello with a flip/actually Kyocera bar phone on the $11(+ tax) unlimited talk and text(no data) plan for some time with no problems, and if need be it's easy to swap phones, etc.
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5 months 3 days ago #32468 by mmfacemm
I'd choose tello over unreal but yes you pay slightly more

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