So I'm swapping carriers and I pay for my parents...

Discussion in 'Mobile Devices & Gadgets' started by Shyatic, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Shyatic

    Shyatic Platinum Member

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    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.

    Any suggestions folks?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Red Storm

    Red Storm Lifer

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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.
     
  4. Shyatic

    Shyatic Platinum Member

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    My issue with prepaid is that the minutes expire, and I have to keep buying them indefinitely.
     
  5. Strk

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    There are prepaid plans. A set amount for a set amount of minutes etc.
     
  6. Chocu1a

    Chocu1a Golden Member

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    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.
     
  7. boomhower

    boomhower Diamond Member

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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.
     
  8. ponyo

    ponyo Lifer

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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.
     
  9. Shyatic

    Shyatic Platinum Member

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    That is sage advice... I just need to find some good and cheap dumbphones now. Any suggestions?
     
  10. Chocu1a

    Chocu1a Golden Member

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    buy any straight talk phone. they use at&t. walmart
     
  11. bearxor

    bearxor Diamond Member

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    Why not just use their current phones? They can likely be flashed to support AT&T services.
     
  12. kia75

    kia75 Senior member

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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.
     
  13. golem

    golem Senior member

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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.
     
  14. Infrnl

    Infrnl Golden Member

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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