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Need advice on IPhone service plans

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  1. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

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    Hey folks, I'm getting my first smart phone soon. A buddy of mine in NH is mailing me his one-year-old IPhone 7, since he already has another newer smart phone.

    I've never had a smart phone before in my life. I've gotten to the point where I might just shut off my internet and stick to a smart phone. It's far less stressful and simplified. I'm also trying to cut down on my internet usage and get out and do other things that are better and more rewarding.

    But.....I know absolutely nothing about data plans or anything in regards to them. Right now, I pay Verizon $43/month for a simple slide-out phone that I can send texts on, and it's an absolute rip off. The phone has no ability to hook up with any kind of social media or anything. It basically just has a small camera (no flash....), a thumb keyboard, and that's about it. I even have to dial in a freaking number to post something on Twitter, and I can't see the format when I do. It absolutely SUCKS.

    So what service plans are out there that you would recommend? What companies? Verizon? AT&T? T-Mobile? Something else?

    Hopefully nothing more than $43/month. Not sure I wanna go with Verizon if they are going to charge me ridiculous prices for this stuff though.

    Thanks!

    PS: and yes, I'm going to have the phone inspected at the nearest Apple Store to make sure it's clean and up to date.
     
  2. XDRoX

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    An iPhone 7 is a great smart phone. I just sent one back to Apple three days ago and I hated to see it go. I wanted my wife to take it and give away her iPhone 6 but she said she likes her 6 and if/when she does get a new phone she'll want an iPhone X.

    I doubt you will be able to get a plan for $43 a month from a major company. And the phone your buddy is giving you will be already chipped for a company. Verizon and AT&T use different phones. So if it's a Verizon phone it can only be used on their network. If it's an AT&T phone it can be used on a few different networks I believe, but don't know for sure as I use and have always used Verizon.

    You will probably get to pick a plan based on how much data you use. You will get unlimited talk and texts, but the data will be something like 2Gb, 4Gb, 8Gb, 12Gb, 24Gb, or unlimited data. I have no idea on prices but I'd bet an 8Gb plan probably starts around $50. Make sure you tell them you want to tether your phone, meaning you can hotspot it, and broadcast internet on your other home devices if you plan on dropping your home internet. They may charge another couple bucks for tethering and if you tether to a computer you may rack up data fast.

    I've gone through 9Gb once on a 3 hour drive with all 3 of my kids tethering off my iPhone watching movies during the drive. A good reference is about every hour of hi-def streaming is about 1Gb of data.

    Good luck and enjoy your iPhone 7.
     
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  3. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

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    Huh, I wasn't aware that smart phones are chipped for specific service providers. Can Apple change that? Or does it come with what it has? Or do I have to go to a service provider and get it re-chipped?
     
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    You can't change it. But I believe they only make 3 types of phones. Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile, and you can also buy an Unlocked iPhone. I'm not sure of the different types, because I always but Verizon, but I'm 99% positive they can't be switched. They ask you what you want when you buy the phone. And all the use phones on Ebay and Amazon say what network they can be used on. So unless something has changed you will probably have to go with whatever the phone was made for. It's a completely different type of antenna system and getting service in a different way.

    The good news is all the major companies basically offer the same deals with very comparable plans. So it's not like you're going to get raped by having to use Verizon.
     
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    I just checked Amazon. This is what it says in the description of the phones.

    • Factory unlocked iPhones are GSM models and are ONLY compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as other GSM networks around the world. They WILL NOT WORK with CDMA carriers like Sprint, Verizon and the likes. The phone requires a nano SIM card (not included in the package).
     
  6. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

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    That's the thing: I don't know what phone plan came on this IPhone that I'm getting. Sounds like I'm gonna have to find out from my buddy.

    Thanks!
     
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    CDMA is what I always buy because I use Verizon. GSM is the other one and if you want to use the phone over seas then you have to get a GSM and CDMA phones only work here in the states as far as I know. And for some reason I've never factory Unlocked CDMA iPhones. I don't know why :dunno:
     
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  8. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

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    I have no idea what the hell any of that means. Never heard of a GSM or CDMA carrier. But okay.

    This is turning out to be harder than I thought, lol. But it's gonna be worth it. I need a smart phone. Enough of this 1990s technology I currently have. It's embarrassing being one of the only people to still have a slide-out phone when there are kids over half my age with brand new IPhones.
     
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  9. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

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    I never go overseas, so I don't anticipate that being a problem any time soon.
     
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    Yes you will, but it'll be easy to find out just by asking him. You could also google how to tell the difference and just look on the phone. It probably has a certain serial number on the back or you can probably find it in the settings on the phone.

    Again, I wouldn't worry about it at all. But when you do find out what type of phone it is you can start going to their site's and looking at their prices.

    And unless you tell your carrier that you want to tether the option will not be highlighted on your phone unless you jailbreak it. So be sure to tell them you want to tether it if you plan on dropping your home internet service.

    I've used my iPhone 5 and 6 to tether to our house when our Cox service has gone our before. It works extremely well. I also let my students tether off my phone sometimes at work because they can't access their social media sites from the school wifi. Back when I use to do this often I would easily go through 50Gb-60Gb in a month. I'm on a grandfathered unlimited Verizon plan so Verizon doesn't allow me to tether. I need a jailbreak in order to do it. Nowadays jailbreaks are just about gone. The phones are getting harder to hack and the best hackers in the world have grown up and accepted high paying jobs with these companies whose products they once hacked. The companies figured may as well hire them and end these jailbreaks.

    So I haven't had a jailbroken iPhone since my iPhone 6, so in over a year. I never once was able to jailbreak my iPhone 7 because a reliable good one never came out. I doubt I will ever see a well made jailbreak for Apple devices again but we'll see.
     
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    I just talked to Verizon yesterday and I've finally decided to drop my unlimited plan and go with either an 8Gb or 16Gb shared plan for me and my wife. Nowadays we don't use over 3Gb combined and my bill will drop from $160 to around $105 if I drop my unlimited plan and go to the 8Gb shared plan. And they will allow me to legally tether without a jailbreak meaning that my kids will once again have internet in the car on their iPads. They are very excited. And the cool part is if I do come close to going over the 8Gb a certain month I can simply up my plan to the 16Gb for just that month. Verizon is very easy with stuff like that. I'm sure AT&T is probably the same.

    They will email and text you when you are about to go over your data and you can just go onto the app or their site and up your data plan for the month. I know because my sisters do it all the time.
     
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    I am with AT&T and pay $204 per month for 40GB of data. Sometimes I get close to going over.
     
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    If you want to ditch internet and use your phone primarily, you will definitely be paying around $100/mo. There are line access fees, data fees, any anything else they can screw you on.

    T-Mobile usually has decent rates.
     
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    I gave my mom my iPhone 6 (bought from Verizon) and it worked fine on her T-Mobile network. Wasn’t sure it was going to work.
     
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    I would expect to pay 60-100 mo for service on a major carrier. I would not recommend T-Mobile or virgin or any smaller companies. To me, att and Verizon are the only legit options.

    Get at least 10gb of data per month, maybe more. I regularly used 15-20 on my phone alone when i was commuting on the train to Chicago every day. If it’s your only internet and you don’t have WiFi at home, you’ll need more imo.

    Don’t worry too much about the specifics. It’s hard for store employees to rip you off or oversell you. All talk and text packages are unlimited, so all u need to pick is your data package size.

    Congrats on the upgrade, you’re right, it is time:)
     
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    Carrier is VERY area-dependent. On the east cost, Verizon is the way to go. On the west coast, it might be ATT. Depending on where you go Sprint and T-mobile may also be options. I'd give T-mobile a look honestly. Supposedly they have really improved their network.

    As far as data - that is also location dependent. Personally I have the 8GB plan with two phones and occasionally an iPad on it (I turn the data on and off as needed). With rollover this is plenty for us - if they had a 6GB I would probably downshift to it. But to replace your whole internet system you may well need more, especially if you stream movies, etc. Or use it as a hotspot. Good news is with most carriers you can go online and adjust your data as needed.

    A few tricks for reducing your data:

    1) Set your phone to only download apps on wifi.
    2) With Amazon Prime and some things on Netflix you can download episodes of some shows. Do that and then watch them wherever you want without using data.
    3) Minimize the number of apps that have access to your cellular data. There is no reason for an app that doesn't have to go out and get information, to have cellular data access. Some of them use it to go get ads.

    Not sure on iPhone but you may be limited in what carriers the phone can connect to. Verizon uses CDMA, ATT and T-mobile use GSM. I THINK the iPhone is universal but that might be a factor.

    BTW - "up to date" on an iPhone is overrated. I suspect they might put "poison pills" in their phones on the updates after a while so that you will want to upgrade. I'm gonna show them - next phone I get will probably be an Android!

    There is nothing really wrong with the iPhone mind you - it's just that they aren't head and shoulders above Android like I was led to believe, and there are more apps, etc for Android. But I'm not going to change until mine dies.
     
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    That is a LOT of porn, dude. :rofl:
     
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    My sister recientlygave my graungaughter her iphone 6 plus. she was on at&t and she called them and had unlocked so we now use it on verizon.
    no problems.
     
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    Make sure your buddy unlocks the phone before he sends it. I have ATT and they have a web site you go to to unlock the phone. Then you can use it on any compatible carrier.

    I would just go to a couple of carriers stores and tell them what you want, they will have all the low down on various plans. They will get talking pretty quickly so slow them down as you need to, LOL.

    Make sure you look at different discounts you may be eligible for, with ATT we get their “corporate” rate (military) which saves a few bucks.

    I’ll bet most companies are pretty competitive now a days and really you need to shop for coverage in your primary area.

    Some things to look for are coverage, data amount/month and if the data rolls over. We have 4 phones on a shared data plan with 15g/month and usually never get near it but we all have WiFi at our homes. Watching video will EAT data so be mindful of how you intend to,use your phone.
     
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    Thanks everyone! I've got some thinking to do.