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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?
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.