Saturday, June 18, 2016

Phone Plan for Heavy Users

    Hi everyone.  Today I will discuss a plan for those of you who are always going over your data limit, and seem to never be able to put your phone down.  While I do not do this often, I will be recommending a plan from a major carrier.  My ideas are based on two main principles.  First, I assume that those of you who use ridiculous amounts of data do so by streaming some sorts of video, whether it be from Netflix, Youtube, or something else.  Second, I believe that once you disregard all of video streaming, you should really only need about 2 gigabytes of data per month for everything else.
    For this reason, I have selected T-Mobile as a good carrier.  You might say that T-Mobile is not the cheapest.  However, one aspect of this plan makes it unrivaled for you heavy users.  With it, you have access to T-Mobile's "Binge On" option, which allows you to stream unlimited video without it counting towards your data limit.  The plan also provides unlimited talk and text (to be expected) and 2 gigabytes of T-Mobile's fast 4G LTE data.  It is priced at $50, a good deal for you heavy users.  If you still don't feel comfortable with 2 gigabytes of data, you can get 6 gigabytes of data for only $15 more each month.  With this plan, you can stream as much video as you want, and have enough data still to do all of your other tasks.
    For the cell phone you have two options.  You can either bring your own device or purchase one from T-Mobile.  They have a wide variety of devices to purchase, so you can decide how much you are willing to spend on a phone.  In addition, if you do not want to pay for a phone upfront, you have the option to pay for it with a monthly fee each billing session.  All plans are no contract.  I hope you enjoyed guys, and keep your eyes out for more posts in the near future!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Get 500 Megabytes of data free per month!

   Hi guys.  Today I'll be telling you all about a bit of a life hack.  It's simple, easy, and costs very little when compare to the results.  If you are like everyone else in the world, you probably have a data limitation on your cellphone.  Wouldn't it be nice to have some more?
   If you read my article from two days ago, I talk about the company Freedom Pop.  This same company not only offers cellular service, but also mobile hot-spots.  While they do seem to show various options of hot-spots, I was having issues with the website, and only two seemed to be available for purchase (although you can purchase Freedom Pop's hot-spots independently from their website).  These were the Freedom Pop Zing and the Mingle, both of which provided 4G LTE data.  The Mingle, the cheaper of the two retails for approximately $70.  The Zing is $100.
  Now to discuss plans.  Freedom Pop provides you with three options.  While I do not think that the other two are very useful, one of their plans is incredible.  After you purchase the hot-spot, you get 500 megabytes of free 4G data each month.  For a one time fee of $70, you can pad your data, and even use it as an emergency if you ever run out.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Page Plus Cellular

     Hey guys, now that school is over, I'll be trying to post somewhat consistently.  Today I want to continue my evaluation of the MONEY article.  The plan I will share with you today is for those of you who want the best service out there, but do not want to part with your hard earned money.  The article is based on one main principle, which I, along with many others consider to be true.  You can argue otherwise, but I am adamant in the validity of this statement.  Verizon has the fastest and most consistent service of all the wireless carriers.  Say what you want, I've done my research.  At this time, Verizon has the best service, hands down.  But Verizon is not the best carrier.  Why do I say this?  Go to their website sometime, and look up their prices.  Therefore I found a great alternative.
    The carrier that I am evaluating today is not known very well, because like yesterday, it is an MVNO.  To summarize what I explained in yesterdays post, and MVNO is a private company which uses the cellular towers of another private company.  In this case, the plan I am about to tell you about uses VERIZON'S towers.  If you decide to go with this, you will have America's best service at your fingers.
    Now to give you the details.  The carrier is called Page Plus Cellular.  Feel free to google them, they have a website.  They are owned by the company America Movil, the fourth largest cellular operator in the world.  Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about plans.  They are all no contract, if you were wondering.  My first recommendation for typical users is the $39.95 plan.  It includes unlimited talking and texting, along with 3 gigabyte of Verizon's speedy 4G LTE data.  There are no overage fees, going over the data limit causes the carriers to slow your speeds.  International texting is also included.  The next plan, for lighter users is also a great option.  For $29.95, you receive 1500 minutes of calling, unlimited texting, and 1 gigabyte of internet usage.  While they do have plans for heavier users, I am going to post about this later, because I believe there are better options for this than what page plus offers.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments, or look at Page Plus' website!
    Finally, I get to the "catch."  Because these plans are no contract, it requires that you buy a phone from Page Plus at full price.  In addition, in order to take advantage of their LTE service, you need to buy a phone with LTE capability.  While these can be very expensive, there are certainly low cost options for LTE capable cell phones.  They all have the popular android operating system as well.  While they can run you as much as $700, you ca buy LTE capable phones for around $60.  So yes, you can get great service for a low price.  I hope you enjoyed this article!  I will likely post again over the weekend for heavy users, so look out for that!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Freedom Pop

Hey everyone, I'm so sorry I haven't really posted for over a year now.  I've been busy with school, and among other things, haven't been to concerned with keeping up the blog, so it slipped my mind.  That being said, something that I saw today angered me, and made me say to myself, "Hey I've got to tell the blog about this."  Maybe you have heard of it, maybe you haven't but today I was reading MONEY magazine, and came across an article talking about the best phone plans of 2016.  I was not about to let the writers get away with the the plans they mentioned.  If by some coincidence you actually read the article, you have been misinformed.  Well, maybe not misinformed.  They didn't lie to you, but those plans were far from the "best".  So for that reason, I will be correcting what they said.  One of their categories was plans for light users.  The plan I will tell you guys isn't even that light, but the cost is so light that you won't feel the money leaving your wallet.  I'm talking about Freedom Pop.
    I believe that I mentioned Freedom Pop in a different article, but they have an unbeatable plan.  Freedom Pop is an MVNO.  This means that they use the cell towers of a different company (and pay them to do so) but have different ownership.  Freedom Pop uses Sprint towers, which means that you will have Sprint service if you use this plan.  While Sprint service is not the best (I would highly recommend checking Freedom Pop's coverage maps before purchasing), it is a steal for the price.  For $80 a YEAR (yes a year), you are given one gigabyte of data, along with unlimited talk and text.  This averages out to a whopping $6.67 per month.  But that's not all.  Freedom Pop also has free plans for those extreme light users, offering 500 megabytes of data, 200 text messages, and 200 minutes of calling per month.
   Of course there must be a catch, right?  The only "catch" is that you need to buy a phone up front, which means no free phones.  But is that really true?  Freedom Pop offers the option to bring your own device.  You can enter it on their website, to see if it qualifies.  And if you don't have a phone to bring, they offer Android phones starting below the $100 mark, which is easily worth it because of the money that you save each month.  And by the way, the plans are no contract which means that you can leave them any time.  Just remember that the $80 that you pay for the plan is a one time fee, at the beginning of the year.  So if you do switch out instantly, I suppose you would have spent $80 you will never get back.
   What does this mean?  It means that you can get a cell phone and service for an entire year, for dirt cheap.  MONEY magazine averaged a $600 yearly price tag for their individual plan.  Their plan is on Boost Mobile, which uses the same Sprint service as Freedom Pop.  Why do that, when you can pay $180 and have your phone for a year with no hidden charges?