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Post by Maven » Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:25 am

Update: I switched a week ago. So far no dropped calls or slowed data speeds as far as I can tell. I was also in the mountains this past weekend and had had some service as the others.

Only complaint is that going back to dial in voicemail seems so dated. I know they keep that on purpose! Anyone find that there's a way to add it for a couple $$ a month? I did not see that as an option.

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Post by misterno » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:03 am

mtwhmemn wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:54 pm
Look at mintmobile.com

Each 3GB line is $15 per month TOTAL prepaid. Each 8GB line is $20 per month TOTAL prepaid.

My wife and I have used it for around 9 months now and have had zero problems. (Mint use T-Mobile towers.)

I ported both our phones (phones have to be unlocked) over myself in less than an hour on a Sunday. It was seamless.

It may sound too good to be true but it isn't. After doing it I felt like an idiot for not doing it sooner. We had been with AT&T forever.
Is 8gb data all LTE?

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Post by dodecahedron » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:15 am

willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:15 pm
So if you have Verizon service with a postpaid plan, you might want to consider switching to a prepaid plan.
Were there any glitches or discontinuities during the transition? I.e., did you experience a transition day with no service or was the transition entirely invisible to you?

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Post by dodecahedron » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:26 am

Maven wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:25 am
Only complaint is that going back to dial in voicemail seems so dated. I know they keep that on purpose! Anyone find that there's a way to add it for a couple $$ a month? I did not see that as an option.
Do you have an iPhone? If not, it looks like you are out of luck. According to this Verizon FAQ page, ¨Prepaid accounts: Only Visual Voicemail for iPhone is available on prepaid accounts.¨

This is a potential deal-killer for me. I am not good about checking for voicemails, even *with* visual voicemail. Without it, I know I might not get some potentially important messages in a timely manner.

I rarely get voicemails, but when I do it is very nice to be able to see they are there and access the ones that might be important quickly.

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Post by Maven » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:09 am

dodecahedron wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:26 am
Maven wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:25 am
Only complaint is that going back to dial in voicemail seems so dated. I know they keep that on purpose! Anyone find that there's a way to add it for a couple $$ a month? I did not see that as an option.
Do you have an iPhone? If not, it looks like you are out of luck. According to this Verizon FAQ page, ¨Prepaid accounts: Only Visual Voicemail for iPhone is available on prepaid accounts.¨

This is a potential deal-killer for me. I am not good about checking for voicemails, even *with* visual voicemail. Without it, I know I might not get some potentially important messages in a timely manner.

I rarely get voicemails, but when I do it is very nice to be able to see they are there and access the ones that might be important quickly.
I have a Samsung. I definitely can't value visual voicemail at $40/month, which is what I'm now saving by switching to prepaid.

I did not notice and downtime or service issues during the switch. It was painless.

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Post by willthrill81 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:25 am

dodecahedron wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:15 am
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:15 pm
So if you have Verizon service with a postpaid plan, you might want to consider switching to a prepaid plan.
Were there any glitches or discontinuities during the transition? I.e., did you experience a transition day with no service or was the transition entirely invisible to you?
I originally tried to do it through the chat feature on the website since it turns out that you cannot make the switch at stores. We temporarily lost service, but I then I called them, and a very nice gentleman fixed everything in short order.
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Post by Cruiser » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:13 am

misterno wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:03 am
mtwhmemn wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:54 pm
Look at mintmobile.com

Each 3GB line is $15 per month TOTAL prepaid. Each 8GB line is $20 per month TOTAL prepaid.

My wife and I have used it for around 9 months now and have had zero problems. (Mint use T-Mobile towers.)

I ported both our phones (phones have to be unlocked) over myself in less than an hour on a Sunday. It was seamless.

It may sound too good to be true but it isn't. After doing it I felt like an idiot for not doing it sooner. We had been with AT&T forever.
Is 8gb data all LTE?
Yes. All their plans are LTE, until you hit the data cap for the specified plan, then it slows to 2G speeds. You can also add additional data on a per-month basis, if needed (although it becomes increasingly costly).

I used to be on unlimited data with Verizon, then T-Mobile, before switching to Mint. I bought their intro deal, which is 3 months of 12GB of data at the $25/month rate (the rate you get when you pre-pay for a year of service). At the end of those three months, I'll analyze usage and see if I can drop down to the 8GB tier, then pre-pay for a year of service at either $20/month (8GB) or $25/month (12GB).

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Post by BashDash » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:19 pm

Does mint mobile have visual voicemail?

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Post by sperry8 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:29 pm

willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:42 pm
taurabora wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:23 pm
I switched to Xfinity Mobile from Verizon. My bill went from ~$90 for 4 GB to ~ $30 for 3 GB. I’m generally always on Wifi, but even if I went over, it is only $12/GB.
If you select autopay, the price for Verizon's 6 GB prepaid plan (3 GB of which is a 'bonus') is $35 plus tax right now.
That's a nice price. I switched over to AT&T prepaid and their competing plan (3GB of data which rolls over mo over mo) is $40 incl autopay. Postpaid is a joke nowadays and offers no benefit. Everyone should be on prepaid if they are with Verizon or AT&T. If you're with Sprint or T-Mobile you should switch to Google Fi (which simply uses Sprint & T-Mobile's network) and pay as you go.
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Post by sperry8 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:30 pm

Maven wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:25 am
Update: I switched a week ago. So far no dropped calls or slowed data speeds as far as I can tell. I was also in the mountains this past weekend and had had some service as the others.

Only complaint is that going back to dial in voicemail seems so dated. I know they keep that on purpose! Anyone find that there's a way to add it for a couple $$ a month? I did not see that as an option.
For VM I forward mine to a Google Voice account. Then you can get emails transcripts of your vms and no need to listen to them (but of course you can listen to them via the google voice app). Totally free.
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Post by Cruiser » Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:06 pm

BashDash wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:19 pm
Does mint mobile have visual voicemail?
Yes.

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Post by Maven » Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:37 am

sperry8 wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:30 pm
Maven wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:25 am
Update: I switched a week ago. So far no dropped calls or slowed data speeds as far as I can tell. I was also in the mountains this past weekend and had had some service as the others.

Only complaint is that going back to dial in voicemail seems so dated. I know they keep that on purpose! Anyone find that there's a way to add it for a couple $$ a month? I did not see that as an option.
For VM I forward mine to a Google Voice account. Then you can get emails transcripts of your vms and no need to listen to them (but of course you can listen to them via the google voice app). Totally free.
Wow, never thought of this. I'll set it up. Thank you!

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Post by HMdocinPA » Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:03 am

Changed to prepaid yesterday. Went from 3 line family plan sharing 4gb data at $120 after work discount to 3 lines with 6gb each for $85 with autopay. Had to call customer service, whole process took maybe 20 minutes, and one follow up phone call to get an issue sorted out. Haven’t noted any difference in calls or internet speed. Can also find Verizon prepaid cards very discounted on eBay to save even more. Worth it so far, we’ll see how the next few months go.

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Post by UALflyer » Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:42 am

sperry8 wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:29 pm
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:42 pm
taurabora wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:23 pm
I switched to Xfinity Mobile from Verizon. My bill went from ~$90 for 4 GB to ~ $30 for 3 GB. I’m generally always on Wifi, but even if I went over, it is only $12/GB.
If you select autopay, the price for Verizon's 6 GB prepaid plan (3 GB of which is a 'bonus') is $35 plus tax right now.
That's a nice price. I switched over to AT&T prepaid and their competing plan (3GB of data which rolls over mo over mo) is $40 incl autopay.
You can actually do even better, as AT&T's Prepaid 8gb plan can currently be purchased for $25/month when you prepay $300 for 12 months (https://www.att.com/buy/wireless/prepai ... esandplans)
Postpaid is a joke nowadays and offers no benefit. Everyone should be on prepaid if they are with Verizon or AT&T.
I'm very happy that prepaid exists, which can save money for non-critical, relatively low usage plans, as well as plans with very few lines. It's not quite the same though, as pre-paid plans are deprioritized, which, during periods of heavy congestion, can adversely affect service. There are other downsides as well, which may or may not matter to you. For instance, most AT&T MVNO plans don't give you MMS with iphones (AT&T's own prepaid does), which impacts long text messages and group messages that include Android phones. Likewise, lots of MVNO plans come with higher latency, limit hotspot usage, etc... For non-critical, low usage folks, these can all be perfectly acceptable, but there is a reason that for a lot of people it is not a viable option.

For larger groups, postpaid can also save money, by not only offering reduced line charges, but also offering substantial discounts on the phones and other services. It's not uncommon in these situations to pay the same or even less for postpaid and to enjoy the postpaid perks.
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Post by researcher » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:12 am

HMdocinPA wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:03 am
Went from 3 line family plan sharing 4gb data at $120 after work discount to 3 lines with 6gb each for $85 with autopay. Haven’t noted any difference in calls or internet speed. Can also find Verizon prepaid cards very discounted on eBay to save even more.
I assume the $85 does NOT include taxes/fees/surcharges.
Can you share how much it is after all of those additional costs?

I currently pay $105 for 3 lines with Verizon.
Sounds like I wouldn't be saving all that much if I switch.

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Post by HMdocinPA » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:17 am

researcher wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:12 am
HMdocinPA wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:03 am
Went from 3 line family plan sharing 4gb data at $120 after work discount to 3 lines with 6gb each for $85 with autopay. Haven’t noted any difference in calls or internet speed. Can also find Verizon prepaid cards very discounted on eBay to save even more.
I assume the $85 does NOT include taxes/fees/surcharges.
Can you share how much it is after all of those additional costs?

I currently pay $105 for 3 lines with Verizon.
Sounds like I wouldn't be saving all that much if I switch.
$91 with taxes, so save $29/month but also get 4x more data. I also bought $80 in Verizon prepaid cards for $60 on eBay, so saved another $20 on the month. Out of pocket will be $71 instead of $120.

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Post by beyou » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:26 am

I gave always been on post-paid, and recently switched from a fixed amount of data to unlimited, and I think Verizon throttled down our speed immediately. Two heaviest users in my family both noticed immediately. Verizon is a terrible company. Thinking about using my cable co (ISP).
They have a new deal, $20/mo unlimited everything, and they use Sprint but AT&T as a backup and WIFI as well (like GoogleFI).

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Post by researcher » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:49 am

HMdocinPA wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:17 am
$91 with taxes, so save $29/month but also get 4x more data. I also bought $80 in Verizon prepaid cards for $60 on eBay, so saved another $20 on the month. Out of pocket will be $71 instead of $120.
The OP stated that his taxes/fees were $6 for 2 phone lines.
So your additional 3rd line adds no extra taxes/fees? That is good to know.

You also mention buying prepaid cards on eBay. Are you doing that for just the first month or every month?
You wouldn't be eligible for the $15 worth of autopay discounts when using Verizon prepaid cards, would you?

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Post by bmelikia » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:51 am

willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:42 pm
taurabora wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:23 pm
I switched to Xfinity Mobile from Verizon. My bill went from ~$90 for 4 GB to ~ $30 for 3 GB. I’m generally always on Wifi, but even if I went over, it is only $12/GB.
If you select autopay, the price for Verizon's 6 GB prepaid plan (3 GB of which is a 'bonus') is $35 plus tax right now.
Where were you able to sign up for this plan? At a Verizon retailer or did you call Verizon?
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Post by researcher » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:58 am

bmelikia wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:51 am
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:42 pm
If you select autopay, the price for Verizon's 6 GB prepaid plan (3 GB of which is a 'bonus') is $35 plus tax right now.
Where were you able to sign up for this plan? At a Verizon retailer or did you call Verizon?
The OP addressed this just two posts after the one you quoted...

"I originally tried doing it online through the chat feature, but it didn't work out well. I called a rep on the phone, and they straightened it out very easily. So I would recommend either calling them or going to a store."

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Post by Momus » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:59 am

I'm on mint mobile 8GB plan. $0/month due to referral credits.

I never pay for cell phone bill anymore. 5 yrs and counting, thanks for referral program. :beer

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Post by willthrill81 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:13 am

bmelikia wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:51 am
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:42 pm
taurabora wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:23 pm
I switched to Xfinity Mobile from Verizon. My bill went from ~$90 for 4 GB to ~ $30 for 3 GB. I’m generally always on Wifi, but even if I went over, it is only $12/GB.
If you select autopay, the price for Verizon's 6 GB prepaid plan (3 GB of which is a 'bonus') is $35 plus tax right now.
Where were you able to sign up for this plan? At a Verizon retailer or did you call Verizon?
Call them. My parents discovered that you can't sign up for a prepaid plan in a store.
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Post by HMdocinPA » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:30 am

researcher wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:49 am
HMdocinPA wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:17 am
$91 with taxes, so save $29/month but also get 4x more data. I also bought $80 in Verizon prepaid cards for $60 on eBay, so saved another $20 on the month. Out of pocket will be $71 instead of $120.
The OP stated that his taxes/fees were $6 for 2 phone lines.
So your additional 3rd line adds no extra taxes/fees? That is good to know.

You also mention buying prepaid cards on eBay. Are you doing that for just the first month or every month?
You wouldn't be eligible for the $15 worth of autopay discounts when using Verizon prepaid cards, would you?
I’m in PA, so tax rates and whatnot may be different. If my bill will be $91, I’m going to add $80 in cards each month then autopay the $11 balance, which should be sufficient to keep the autopay discount.

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Post by Momus » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:45 pm

BashDash wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:19 pm
Does mint mobile have visual voicemail?
You use Google voice as a work around like I do. Same thing.

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Post by FelixTheCat » Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:31 pm

I just switched from the prepaid plan to post paid.

My prepaid plan was
  • Unlimited Talk
    Unlimited Text
    3 gb Data
    $35
Customer support is non existent on the prepaid plan. You get less priority on cell towers and data on the prepaid plan per Verizon. Nobody would sell me the new iPhone 11 because I was on the prepaid plan. I only got the 3g network on prepaid.

For $15 dollars more (post paid plan), I get 5 gb data, 5g network and now I can buy my new phone.

The prepaid plan is worth it if you only consider the monthly cost.
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Post by sperry8 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:52 am

UALflyer wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:42 am
sperry8 wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:29 pm
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:42 pm
taurabora wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:23 pm
I switched to Xfinity Mobile from Verizon. My bill went from ~$90 for 4 GB to ~ $30 for 3 GB. I’m generally always on Wifi, but even if I went over, it is only $12/GB.
If you select autopay, the price for Verizon's 6 GB prepaid plan (3 GB of which is a 'bonus') is $35 plus tax right now.
That's a nice price. I switched over to AT&T prepaid and their competing plan (3GB of data which rolls over mo over mo) is $40 incl autopay.
You can actually do even better, as AT&T's Prepaid 8gb plan can currently be purchased for $25/month when you prepay $300 for 12 months (https://www.att.com/buy/wireless/prepai ... esandplans)
Postpaid is a joke nowadays and offers no benefit. Everyone should be on prepaid if they are with Verizon or AT&T.
I'm very happy that prepaid exists, which can save money for non-critical, relatively low usage plans, as well as plans with very few lines. It's not quite the same though, as pre-paid plans are deprioritized, which, during periods of heavy congestion, can adversely affect service. There are other downsides as well, which may or may not matter to you. For instance, most AT&T MVNO plans don't give you MMS with iphones (AT&T's own prepaid does), which impacts long text messages and group messages that include Android phones. Likewise, lots of MVNO plans come with higher latency, limit hotspot usage, etc... For non-critical, low usage folks, these can all be perfectly acceptable, but there is a reason that for a lot of people it is not a viable option.

For larger groups, postpaid can also save money, by not only offering reduced line charges, but also offering substantial discounts on the phones and other services. It's not uncommon in these situations to pay the same or even less for postpaid and to enjoy the postpaid perks.
Nice price if you prepay for a year. But that sort of kills the idea of prepaid since I'm locked in again. :shock:

As far as deprioritization I've never seen it happen on AT&T. I'm not saying it doesn't exist, just saying it's worked just like postpaid which is to say quite well and fits all my needs.
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Post by willthrill81 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:59 pm

FelixTheCat wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:31 pm
I just switched from the prepaid plan to post paid.

My prepaid plan was
  • Unlimited Talk
    Unlimited Text
    3 gb Data
    $35
Customer support is non existent on the prepaid plan. You get less priority on cell towers and data on the prepaid plan per Verizon. Nobody would sell me the new iPhone 11 because I was on the prepaid plan. I only got the 3g network on prepaid.

For $15 dollars more (post paid plan), I get 5 gb data, 5g network and now I can buy my new phone.

The prepaid plan is worth it if you only consider the monthly cost.
We haven't needed customer support from a cell service provider in 15+ years, so that's moot for us. Since we've switched, the only difference we've seen is that we have significantly more data at a significantly lower cost than before.

YMMV.
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Post by ThankYouJack » Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:42 pm

I've been happy with Cricket Wireless myself. 4 lines of unlimited data for $100 / month including tax. Speeds aren't the fastest - 3mbps but I don't notice it being bothersome. They also have a 5GB per line plan with LTE speeds for ~$105 for 4 lines

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Post by F150HD » Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:04 pm

has been multiple threads on this topic before.

Switched nearly a year ago. no visual vmail isn't much of an issue (to me), with most folks texting vs calling anymore, rarely need to check vmail anymore anyway.
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Post by willthrill81 » Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:43 am

F150HD wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:04 pm
has been multiple threads on this topic before.

Switched nearly a year ago. no visual vmail isn't much of an issue (to me), with most folks texting vs calling anymore, rarely need to check vmail anymore anyway.
My wife and I did a video call yesterday, and it worked flawlessly.
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Post by Hug401k » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:29 pm

dodecahedron wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:26 am
Maven wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:25 am
Only complaint is that going back to dial in voicemail seems so dated. I know they keep that on purpose! Anyone find that there's a way to add it for a couple $$ a month? I did not see that as an option.
Do you have an iPhone? If not, it looks like you are out of luck. According to this Verizon FAQ page, ¨Prepaid accounts: Only Visual Voicemail for iPhone is available on prepaid accounts.¨

This is a potential deal-killer for me. I am not good about checking for voicemails, even *with* visual voicemail. Without it, I know I might not get some potentially important messages in a timely manner.

I rarely get voicemails, but when I do it is very nice to be able to see they are there and access the ones that might be important quickly.
That's odd. I have Verizon Prepaid with an iPhone 8 and I have visual voicemail. Though I will add I have noticed a slowing of web pages loading on prepaid when not on wifi. I pay $85 for 3 lines plus $6 in taxes.

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Post by dodecahedron » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:34 pm

Hug401k wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:29 pm
dodecahedron wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:26 am
Maven wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:25 am
Only complaint is that going back to dial in voicemail seems so dated. I know they keep that on purpose! Anyone find that there's a way to add it for a couple $$ a month? I did not see that as an option.
Do you have an iPhone? If not, it looks like you are out of luck. According to this Verizon FAQ page, ¨Prepaid accounts: Only Visual Voicemail for iPhone is available on prepaid accounts.¨

This is a potential deal-killer for me. I am not good about checking for voicemails, even *with* visual voicemail. Without it, I know I might not get some potentially important messages in a timely manner.

I rarely get voicemails, but when I do it is very nice to be able to see they are there and access the ones that might be important quickly.
That's odd. I have Verizon Prepaid with an iPhone 8 and I have visual voicemail.
Your experience is completely consistent with what I wrote above. You have an iphone, so you can have visual voicemail on your prepaid plan. Folks who have a different type of phone (like me with a Samsung) have to give up visual vm if we go to prepaid.

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Post by SchruteB&B » Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:55 pm

willthrill81 wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:13 am
bmelikia wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:51 am
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:42 pm
taurabora wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:23 pm
I switched to Xfinity Mobile from Verizon. My bill went from ~$90 for 4 GB to ~ $30 for 3 GB. I’m generally always on Wifi, but even if I went over, it is only $12/GB.
If you select autopay, the price for Verizon's 6 GB prepaid plan (3 GB of which is a 'bonus') is $35 plus tax right now.
Where were you able to sign up for this plan? At a Verizon retailer or did you call Verizon?
Call them. My parents discovered that you can't sign up for a prepaid plan in a store.
Really? I was able to sign up for prepaid in a Verizon store.

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Post by willthrill81 » Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:10 pm

SchruteB&B wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:55 pm
willthrill81 wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:13 am
bmelikia wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:51 am
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:42 pm
taurabora wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:23 pm
I switched to Xfinity Mobile from Verizon. My bill went from ~$90 for 4 GB to ~ $30 for 3 GB. I’m generally always on Wifi, but even if I went over, it is only $12/GB.
If you select autopay, the price for Verizon's 6 GB prepaid plan (3 GB of which is a 'bonus') is $35 plus tax right now.
Where were you able to sign up for this plan? At a Verizon retailer or did you call Verizon?
Call them. My parents discovered that you can't sign up for a prepaid plan in a store.
Really? I was able to sign up for prepaid in a Verizon store.
My parents were told in a Verizon store that they were unable to do it. Perhaps the staff there just didn't want to deal with it. I've gotten the strong impression that Verizon and other providers don't really want people to switch, for obvious reasons.
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Post by F150HD » Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:36 am

willthrill81 wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:43 am
F150HD wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:04 pm
has been multiple threads on this topic before.

Switched nearly a year ago. no visual vmail isn't much of an issue (to me), with most folks texting vs calling anymore, rarely need to check vmail anymore anyway.
My wife and I did a video call yesterday, and it worked flawlessly.
vmail = voicemail. Have had no issues w/ prepaid. :thumbsup
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Post by willthrill81 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:27 am

F150HD wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:36 am
willthrill81 wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:43 am
F150HD wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:04 pm
has been multiple threads on this topic before.

Switched nearly a year ago. no visual vmail isn't much of an issue (to me), with most folks texting vs calling anymore, rarely need to check vmail anymore anyway.
My wife and I did a video call yesterday, and it worked flawlessly.
vmail = voicemail. Have had no issues w/ prepaid. :thumbsup
Ah, gotcha. I never used visual voicemail anyway.
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Post by HoosierJim » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:39 am

if you do switch remember that companies like AT&t do not prorate your bill. You want to switch on the near the end of your billing cycle so you don't pay for double service

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Post by 02nz » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:55 am

I just switched a family member from Sprint to Red Pocket (running on Verizon). No roaming coverage but works very well, better signal strength and call quality than Sprint. Visual Voicemail works fine, but no wifi calling. A few initial issues but chat support was helpful.

This family member was on a Sprint one year free deal, but that was coming to an end, so the lowest-cost postpaid plan would've been $40/mo. She doesn't use the phone that much, so a 500 min/500 SMS/500 MB plan was plenty. That's less than $10/mo on Red Pocket (need to pay for 90 days or 1 year), and you can choose any of the 4 major networks. http://www.ebaystores.com/Red-Pocket-Store

However for heavier data users Red Pocket isn't as a good a deal. I intend to switch to Mint (T-Mobile) as it gives 3GB at $15/mo, compared with 2GB at $20/mo on Red Pocket.

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Post by FelixTheCat » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:52 pm

willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:59 pm
We haven't needed customer support from a cell service provider in 15+ years, so that's moot for us. Since we've switched, the only difference we've seen is that we have significantly more data at a significantly lower cost than before.
I never needed customer support either until I tried buying a new phone. Just be aware you have to buy unlocked phones and transfer the sim card yourself.
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Post by willthrill81 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:01 pm

FelixTheCat wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:52 pm
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:59 pm
We haven't needed customer support from a cell service provider in 15+ years, so that's moot for us. Since we've switched, the only difference we've seen is that we have significantly more data at a significantly lower cost than before.
I never needed customer support either until I tried buying a new phone. Just be aware you have to buy unlocked phones and transfer the sim card yourself.
Good tip. Thanks.
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Post by wulfgang » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:24 pm

Katietsu wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:55 pm
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:15 pm

So if you have Verizon service with a postpaid plan, you might want to consider switching to a prepaid plan.
Last time I checked, Verizon prepaid customers only had service where there are Verizon towers. Verizon postpaid customers have the benefit of service in areas without Verizon towers but with coverage on a Verizon roaming partner. This may not make any difference to you. But some people make this change from postpaid to prepaid, then make a weekend trip and find themselves with no cell service at all. The exception would be 911 calls which all carriers must put through.
This is not true---at least not anymore. All Verizon customers (postpaid and prepaid) have access to the same LTE and 3G coverage from Verizon towers and partner network towers. The only downsides of Verizon prepaid service are as follows:

1. Lower data priority during tower congestions
2. Almost no phone discounts or device payment plans
3. No perks like Apple music (even some postpaid plans don't have this).
4. Some government organizations (like the IRS) will not allow or restrict services to prepaid numbers. For example, you cannot use a prepaid phone number for identification purposes because an ID is not needed to sign up for a prepaid account.

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Post by SmallCityDave » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:04 am

willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:59 pm
FelixTheCat wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:31 pm
I just switched from the prepaid plan to post paid.

My prepaid plan was
  • Unlimited Talk
    Unlimited Text
    3 gb Data
    $35
Customer support is non existent on the prepaid plan. You get less priority on cell towers and data on the prepaid plan per Verizon. Nobody would sell me the new iPhone 11 because I was on the prepaid plan. I only got the 3g network on prepaid.

For $15 dollars more (post paid plan), I get 5 gb data, 5g network and now I can buy my new phone.

The prepaid plan is worth it if you only consider the monthly cost.
We haven't needed customer support from a cell service provider in 15+ years, so that's moot for us. Since we've switched, the only difference we've seen is that we have significantly more data at a significantly lower cost than before.

YMMV.
I went from Verizon post-paid (when I didn't know any better) to Verizon pre-paid to Straight Talk and now to Total Wireless we pay $95 ($101 after all fees) for a family of 4 with 100gb, if there were only 2 it would be $57 for 30gb.

As far as less priority on cell towers I can't say that I've never noticed that (it seems like a gimmick), customer service is horrible everywhere honestly the worst I've ever seen is Verizon and it's interesting that anyone would have a hard time finding an iPhone 11 for sale... not every carrier sells every phone but if you must have an iPhone 11 just go to a different carrier most do have them.

Most important thing with phone service is that you get good coverage in my area Sprint & AT&T don't have great coverage but Verizon does I could pay extra for "cell tower priority", "award winning customer support" LOL and ferry dust with Verizon or I could pay half and go with Total Wireless or a number of other providers and use the same towers.

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Post by captpete » Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:39 am

willthrill81 wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:38 pm
captpete wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:52 am
Prepaid does not cover "roaming", something I only learned after switching. I work on the lower Mississippi and my phone is constantly saying "Verizon, Roaming, Verizon, Roaming!" Very annoying. Apparently you can still dial out in roaming but it's $1/minute.

I will go days without a solid reliable signal at work but even at home in urban areas I still lose connection. DW has not mentioned having this problem though, she has an iPhone.



Is it only in certain areas that you've encountered the roaming problem?

The interactive map linked to by another poster above shows that the prepaid and postpaid coverage maps have nearly complete overlap with only a few areas of the country where there is the postpaid but no prepaid service.

Also, I'm confused about the $1/minute roaming charge you refer to. Verizon's site says differently.
Will I be charged differently when using my device while roaming domestically?
No, with the exception of a few old plans.

Please refer to the My Plan page in My Verizon for the roaming details of your specific plan. If no information about roaming is listed, then there are no additional charges for roaming domestically.
https://www.verizonwireless.com/support ... 9b0a1c0e11

When I've reviewed the details of the prepaid plan, it says nothing at all about roaming or roaming charges in the fine print, so I don't think that they could charge you. Further, the plan explicitly says "Unlimited Talk and Text within the U.S."
The "roaming" indicator, both audible and represented by a small triangle comes on quite frequently. I work on the lower Mississippi where there are many areas that are still either totally dead zones or I go into roaming.
Rosedale MS comes to mind.
Also, I lose internet connection in my home, urban area near Annapolis MD. This could very well be an issue with my phone as I have a $136 Motorola and my wife has an iPhone 5s that seems to work everywhere.
I do have a "old plan" that includes "rollover minutes" I see now that plan no longer exists so perhaps that is the difference...

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Post by willthrill81 » Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:34 pm

captpete wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:39 am
The "roaming" indicator, both audible and represented by a small triangle comes on quite frequently. I work on the lower Mississippi where there are many areas that are still either totally dead zones or I go into roaming.
Rosedale MS comes to mind.
Also, I lose internet connection in my home, urban area near Annapolis MD. This could very well be an issue with my phone as I have a $136 Motorola and my wife has an iPhone 5s that seems to work everywhere.
I do have a "old plan" that includes "rollover minutes" I see now that plan no longer exists so perhaps that is the difference...
Certain areas of the country are definitely better served with either a post-paid plan or a different carrier entirely. We've not had a minute's trouble with switching.
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Post by camillus » Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:28 am

Hmm. My wife and I recently switched from Virgin (Sprint) to Verizon. We traded in two iPhone SEs for two iPhone 11s. We'll get two $400 rebate cards for porting in lines and two $300 credits for trading in the iPhone SEs.

We joined my brother-in-law's family plan and will be paying $30/mo per line for unlimited data, postpaid.

How bad did I do?

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Post by willthrill81 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:13 am

After several months of using Verizon's postpaid plan, we've had no problems whatsoever.

We now buy prepaid Verizon cards at our local Fred Meyer in order to get more fuel points there (4x fuel point on them).
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