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Old 11-12-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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Default So I'm swapping carriers and I pay for my parents...

I have four lines on my mobile phone plan, and with TMO I am paying about $195 for everything. My parents have "dumb" phones and I think they like that... my wife and I have smartphones. I'm switching to AT&T because I get a 20% discount, and I also want the Lumia 920 for the camera/build quality for both my wife and myself.

Question is... what do I do with my parents? I don't want to add them into my plan because of the contract, but then MVNOs don't seem to be that cheap either.

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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Straight Talk? It'd be $30 a month for each of them if I understand their plans correctly, and it uses AT&T's network.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:27 AM   #3
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Straight Talk? It'd be $30 a month for each of them if I understand their plans correctly, and it uses AT&T's network.
My issue with prepaid is that the minutes expire, and I have to keep buying them indefinitely.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:35 AM   #4
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My issue with prepaid is that the minutes expire, and I have to keep buying them indefinitely.
There are prepaid plans. A set amount for a set amount of minutes etc.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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My issue with prepaid is that the minutes expire, and I have to keep buying them indefinitely.
As with almost any carrier, prepaid or contract, any unused minutes expire at the beginning of a new billing cycle, so I am not sure what you are referring to.
Just set up the billing to a credit card & it will automatically renew each month.
Straight Talk, Virgin, Boost, & I believe t-mobile all have that option.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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Why do you have to put them on a contract? Just get cheap GSM dumb phones and add them. If you don't get a subsidized phone you don't have to put their lines under contract. It'd be $10/month per line for them with AT&T's family plans.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:50 AM   #7
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It'll be cheaper to add them to the AT&T plan. It's $10 a month for each additional line so you're looking at $20 a month for your parents plus tax and junk fees.
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Why do you have to put them on a contract? Just get cheap GSM dumb phones and add them. If you don't get a subsidized phone you don't have to put their lines under contract. It'd be $10/month per line for them with AT&T's family plans.
That is sage advice... I just need to find some good and cheap dumbphones now. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:14 PM   #9
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That is sage advice... I just need to find some good and cheap dumbphones now. Any suggestions?
buy any straight talk phone. they use at&t. walmart
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:21 PM   #10
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Why not just use their current phones? They can likely be flashed to support AT&T services.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:23 PM   #11
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Have you tried net10? At least 2 years ago net10's minutes didn't expire. You had to buy $20 worth of minutes every month for the phone to work, but the minutes themselves never expired.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:14 PM   #12
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How many minutes do they use. If it's very little, put them on tmobile pay as you go plan. $100 for 1000 minutes that last a year. Renew for as little as $10 a year and the left over minutes roll over for another year.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:52 PM   #13
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Straight talk is basically $50/mo ea after taxes. Tmobile would be cheaper. Maybe check into adding them to att as suggested by others
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