What's the best cell phone plan out there?

  1. Do any of you have cell phones and what company gave you the best bang for your buck?

    Bry just found out that he has to go to Connecticut for a week (Sun-following Mon). He will be making enough extra for this for us to get our cell phones that we thought we were going to have to wait for. It is imperative that he have one for this job and I am going to have to have one for school in case something were to happen with all the kids. We have a pre-paid one but they work out to be very expensive and I truly need to have the vibrating feature on mine because I am sure I won't be allowed to have it on in class. We are going to get our phone at home shut off then and do our internet through the cable company probably or go wireless, depending on the cost and what Home Depot is willing to reimburse us for. We figured that if we have to have the cellphones anyways, why pay for regular phone service, right?

    And, can someone enlighten me about the family plans? Does this mean we both have the same number? How does that work?

    TIA.........
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I like mine w/Sprint PCS. Have two camera phones, lots of minutes and excellent clarity, all over the place. I am not sure all the specifics, however. DH just got us these a few weeks back. But I do know there are unlimited minutes between dh phone and mine and 1000 weekday minutes anywhere. Unlimited weekend minutes, all over. I love having our own cells. When dh went to Hawaii, he took his w/him and it was our longdistance carrier the whole time, no additional charges incurred. W/family members ALL living back East of us, we needed a good plan. Check it out, Kim.
  4. by   AnnaN5
    Quote from CNM2B
    Do any of you have cell phones and what company gave you the best bang for your buck?

    Bry just found out that he has to go to Connecticut for a week (Sun-following Mon). He will be making enough extra for this for us to get our cell phones that we thought we were going to have to wait for. It is imperative that he have one for this job and I am going to have to have one for school in case something were to happen with all the kids. We have a pre-paid one but they work out to be very expensive and I truly need to have the vibrating feature on mine because I am sure I won't be allowed to have it on in class. We are going to get our phone at home shut off then and do our internet through the cable company probably or go wireless, depending on the cost and what Home Depot is willing to reimburse us for. We figured that if we have to have the cellphones anyways, why pay for regular phone service, right?

    And, can someone enlighten me about the family plans? Does this mean we both have the same number? How does that work?

    TIA.........

    I'm really not familiar with what are the best companies for you in New York. The best thing to do is go to the mall or a place like Best Buy that carries multiple cell phone companies and look at the coverage maps/features. Do you want nationwide coverage meaning you can use your phone pretty much all over the US or do you want a regional coverage if you are just going to stay in your local area for the most part? Do you want nationwide long distance, unlimited nights&weeeknds, caller id, voice mail, etc? Each company sets up there plans a little different so you just have to be sure to read the fine print.

    Here in Michigan I have had Nextel for 3 years and have never had any problems, the only bad thing is there phone are a little expensive. Sprint & Verizon are popular around here but they only work good in major metro areas and along interstates, they wouldn't work at my parent's house who live about 30 miles from the interstate. AT&T, Cingular, and T-Mobile are a few other companies you may want to look into.

    As far as the family plans go, you each get a seperate phone number. For an example, my parents have a family plan with my mom, dad, and sister all having a phone. My mom is the 'main' phone so she pays the around $40-50 for a plan that has 300 anytime minutes, unlimited nights&weekends, etc then she pays an extra $15-20 each for my dad's phone and my sister's phone. So all 3 of them are using that 300 minute plan.
  5. by   dianah
    Depends where you are and what's offered. Check out Consumer Reports, they recently did a comparison of cell phone companies/offerings.
    We have a T-Mobile family plan and it so far is working well. See if there are student discounts or if Home Depot (isn't that where your dh works now?) has a special plan with a certain company.
    That said, there is more to be considered than just price. Is the area coverage good (for what you'll be using it for) and is the reception clear, for the most part? A friend who lives in the upper desert, about 60 miles from us, had Nextel and wasn't satisfied with reception (plus Nextel messed up his bill and wouldn't admit it nor fix it), so he cancelled his contract (it was before the 30-day return) and got T-Mobile. I had Cingular before and in this area, T-Mobile has clearer reception.
    Ask around of people in your area who have cell phones, who is their carrier and how do they like the company, their plan, service and reception.
    Good luck! (We love ours, BTW!)-- Diana
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    Thanks guys. There is sooo much to consider. We are going to have to have more than just a regional plan since Bryan is traveling now. (though we didn't expect Connecticut since we are on the other side of NY state!)
  7. by   Groovydogg
    Howdy, I am a traveling nurse and travel extensivly through out down state NY, LI, NJ and coverage wise Verizon has everybody beat by far. I have the "family share plan" with 800 minutes, 1000 mobile to mobile on the primary phone and 250 mobile to mobile on the other two phones. This cost 115 a month if I don't go over (and I only did once). it has coast to coast coverage which means no roaming. The best is ask people in your area to see who has the best coverage. pricing is about the same.
  8. by   Dixiedi
    T-Mobile has great plans. Checkc them out. I've been very happy with mine and cell phone is the only phone I have. Can't see any reason to pay MaBell for one that has to stay home when i can pay the same thing for one I can take with me!
  9. by   Energizer Bunny
    After speaking with my husband, our biggest concern (besides cost) is reception in all areas because we live basically in the boonies and he will be traveling a lot. He was told that many companies don't have much reception more than a mile or two away from the main highway he will be traveling on here in the Southern Tier.

    I found a few websites to compare plans and we are going to find out which have plans in our area. If anyone knows anything about cells in the southern tier of NY, I'd love to hear about yours!
  10. by   bam_bam
    and I am not the happiest with the coverage. My husband is down in Ithaca right now camping with friends and he has lowsy coverage. Nextel doesn't have coverage over a lot of NY state. Most places in my area my friends with a NExtel can't use their phones. I have a few friends with Verizon that are very happy with them.

    Beth

    Quote from CNM2B
    After speaking with my husband, our biggest concern (besides cost) is reception in all areas because we live basically in the boonies and he will be traveling a lot. He was told that many companies don't have much reception more than a mile or two away from the main highway he will be traveling on here in the Southern Tier.

    I found a few websites to compare plans and we are going to find out which have plans in our area. If anyone knows anything about cells in the southern tier of NY, I'd love to hear about yours!
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    bam bam....I keep hearing that about Verizon and even though some of their plans are a little bit more ($5 a month) than others..it would be worth it to have the good reception. Thanks a bunch!
  12. by   traumaRUs
    I have had Verizon for 8 years and love it! I have a primary line and my two sons each have a phone too. We have coast to coast free with no roaming and we have 500 minutes a month plus 1000 minutes of free calling between the three numbers. My bill is about $130/month...
  13. by   RNIAM
    That seems pretty expensive to be honest. I only spend 54 a month on my phone line at home. I use trac phone and you pay up front for the minutes you use. No long term fees and you don't waste minutes. Not too bad for reception.
  14. by   webbiedebbie
    What is "trac phone"?

    We had US Cellular and never went over our minutes until I went on a travel position. We were under the impression that we had unlimited minutes. I still am looking for the original contract! Anyway, we owe them $1300!!!!!!

    So, now I have a useless cellphone...hubby took it to Walmart to get prepaid and they said they cannot configure on that particular phone!

    I need cellphone use as I am going to be doing a short two-week assignment in the next couple of days.

    Can anyone offer suggestions?

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