MVNO on Verizon network...moving away from Ting

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MVNO on Verizon network...moving away from Ting

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We've had Ting for years (GSM network) on 4 iPhones but are paying increasingly more due to additional data. If I wanted to stay with T-Mobile's network I would probably switch to Mint Mobile.

My problem, however, is that I find T-Mobile's coverage to be getting worse. I travel extensively and at major airports (IAH,EWR,MCO) I continuously run into lack of data coverage. The company iPad I travel with (also on T-Mobile) experiences the same dead spots.

So maybe its time to try a different network.

Any have a good recommendation for a MVNO on Verizon's network? The only one I'm aware of is Visible? Is its actually coverage/usage comparable to Verizon?
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Totalwireless.com has compelling 1-4 phone plans on Verizon.

We have 5 phones and use Cricket Wireless (AT&T).

If we only had 4 phones, I'd consider TW. My parents have used 1 line TW for a number of years.

4 lines sharing 100GB data on TW for $95/month + taxes on Verizon network. With Hotspot for each line.
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How is this related to non-US investing?
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You can use Verizon prepaid. Much cheaper and better than MVNO.
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oogZoo wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:19 am How is this related to non-US investing?
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^^^ This thread is now in the Personal Consumer Issues forum (cellphone network).

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xfinity mobile?
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1+ for verizon prepaid
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Visible is probably the best Verizon MVNO for a heavy user. Actually it's not a true MVNO as Verizon owns it. Otherwise there are several options, like Page Plus, Tracfone and Red Pocket.
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We do XFINITY Mobile and it's $100 for 2 unlimited phones plus an Apple Watch. I was paying much more with Verizon for much less. Realistically since I've been working from home, I should downgrade down to something even lower but I haven't bothered.
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I've been comfortably using Page Plus Cellular for over a decade.

I have not personally tried it yet, but the next MVNO I am going to try is Red Pocket Mobile. They have annual plans as low as $5/mo.
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yohac wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:30 am Visible is probably the best Verizon MVNO for a heavy user. Actually it's not a true MVNO as Verizon owns it. Otherwise there are several options, like Page Plus, Tracfone and Red Pocket.
Actually, last month it was announced that Verizon will be acquiring Tracfone which includes Net10, Straight Talk, Total Wireless and Page Plus. It looks like there won't be a lot of non-Verizon owned MVNOs left after this.
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I have been a Ting user for a few years with 4-lines. I have seen our data use tick up a little though in total we still average less than 2GB/month. Ting is on the VZ network but you'll need to upgrade your devices to use it. They will send you free SIMs to change networks within Ting if you contact them. That would give you more coverage now and more time to shop around for other VZ MVNOs. Ting was bought by Dish Network so we'll see if they start messing with the plans/costs.
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If you have Xfinity for your home internet/tv I’d definitely recommend checking out Xfinity mobile, it operates on Verizon towers and has fantastic coverage. I’ve been using their by-the-gig plan for almost 2 years and rarely have seen a bill over $15 (depends on your data needs of course, I’m admittedly a low data user).
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Depending on needs, you could also consider: Visible, Yahoo Mobile and Xfinity.
There are different limitations of them.
If you use hotspot often you have to pay attention to that particular limitation especially with unlimited plans.
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LadyGeek wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:43 am ^^^ This thread is now in the Personal Consumer Issues forum (cellphone network).

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tommy85 wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:09 am 1+ for verizon prepaid
+2
But I hate their website. Very glitchy and have been over a month now showing me "temporary unavailable". I can use their app to manage the account instead.
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gogleheads.orb wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:51 am xfinity mobile?
Xfinity customer service is worthless. They would be my last choice.
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We used Pageplus for years in New England with no problems. About a year and a half ago, we noticed significant data slow downs. Verizon started de-prioritizing data for MVNO customers and prepaid customers. It got so bad that we switched to Google Fi even though I was worried about being off Verizon in Verizon dominant New England. With Google Fi our data speeds have increased significantly and we have had no problems with connectivity. Your experience will vary on your location as well.
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Redpocket is great
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yohac wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:30 am Visible is probably the best Verizon MVNO for a heavy user. Actually it's not a true MVNO as Verizon owns it. Otherwise there are several options, like Page Plus, Tracfone and Red Pocket.
Do you use Visible? If so, curious if you have any thoughts?

This is a timely thread as I was just researching this same topic yesterday. I'm on Ting currently but moved and have terrible service inside my house now. Thinking of going to Visible with 4 people on a "party". The price is way better than Verizon prepaid and includes hotspot
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Yes, I use Visible. Great coverage on my rare road trips. Data speed is generally not great at home, especially in the evening, but otherwise no complaints.
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yohac wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:01 pm Yes, I use Visible. Great coverage on my rare road trips. Data speed is generally not great at home, especially in the evening, but otherwise no complaints.
Thanks! I've got good internet at home, just need to be able to have a functional phone so I can receive a call. The VZW coverage map is definitely attractive. Good part of a prepaid plan... I'll give it a shot and see how it goes. Right now they're also giving a $100 prepaid Mastercard after 2 months so that trial is effectively free.
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I switched from straight Verizon to Visible, the coverage seems the same. BUT, the Hotspot is slow as molassis so if you need that then I don't recommend.
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BogleMelon wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:55 pm
tommy85 wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:09 am 1+ for verizon prepaid
+2
But I hate their website. Very glitchy and have been over a month now showing me "temporary unavailable". I can use their app to manage the account instead.
Agree with hating the website. It almost never works on my phone via browser but haven't had problem from a computer
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Op

good thread on Visible and Totalwireless:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=326756&sid=d46642d ... a7c2e1b8f1

also if you desire to figure out what is the best cellphone carrier in the area to travel, I recommend http://www.opensignal.com an app which will map the coverage between the four carriers in a particular area.

I am currently using Straighttalk via Walmart for 25GB at $48 per month https://www.straighttalk.com/home

You could bring your own phone, stay on T-Mobile or buy a new one.
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keystone wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:35 pm
yohac wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:30 am Visible is probably the best Verizon MVNO for a heavy user. Actually it's not a true MVNO as Verizon owns it. Otherwise there are several options, like Page Plus, Tracfone and Red Pocket.
Actually, last month it was announced that Verizon will be acquiring Tracfone which includes Net10, Straight Talk, Total Wireless and Page Plus. It looks like there won't be a lot of non-Verizon owned MVNOs left after this.
Selectel is probably the biggest one now. Is it any cheaper though?
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keystone wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:35 pm
yohac wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:30 am Visible is probably the best Verizon MVNO for a heavy user. Actually it's not a true MVNO as Verizon owns it. Otherwise there are several options, like Page Plus, Tracfone and Red Pocket.
Actually, last month it was announced that Verizon will be acquiring Tracfone which includes Net10, Straight Talk, Total Wireless and Page Plus. It looks like there won't be a lot of non-Verizon owned MVNOs left after this.
Holy crap!
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