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    Cheapest GSM paygo... Anything similar to Tello for GSM?

    As the title asks, I am looking to see what the cheapest GSM paygo is. I assume nothing will approached Tello paygo rate-wise, but hopefully something close? Also, since this will be a low usage acct, I'm looking for something were the balance doesn't expire. Thanks

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    I have sims for both truphone and lyca. If I recall, Lyca paygo no longer has data? I'm mostly on wifi, but do need data on occasion.

    Anyway, I was wonder if these are the only/best options, or if there's something cheaper than Truphone. Otherwise I guess I will stick to Tello for everything.

    Edit: I am tempted to get a GSM freedompop sim, but am concerned of all their headaches.
    Last edited by clocks11; 07-04-2017 at 01:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clocks11 View Post

    Edit: I am tempted to get a GSM freedompop sim, but am concerned of all their headaches.
    I've been using a FreedomPop SIM for several months. No headaches really, you just need to be sure to cancel all plans AND services if you want the free account. They do hide the cancel buttons in very small font, and ask a couple verifications to try to get you to keep the pay services, but you can find and use them if you look closely. You can verify in your account. I get 700mb AT&T LTE per month with friends and have my warning set at 500mb and limit set at 575mb.

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    Orion - how is the calling over VOIP? I tried freedom pop years ago, may have been pre-LTE, and the calling was useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clocks11 View Post
    Orion - how is the calling over VOIP? I tried freedom pop years ago, may have been pre-LTE, and the calling was useless.
    It obviously depends heavily on coverage where you are. In my location calls over LTE are perfectly usable. That is with the Hangouts dialer and a GV number - not the FP sip based dialer. Can't comment on it because I never use it.

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    Thanks. I ordered one to try. Other than the 2gb data, is there anything else I should look to cancel or downgrade?

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    Low usage account, you didn't say what your preferred network is: Choices for GSM are ATT or Tmobile. On ATT, try PureTalk, on TMO, try US Mobile. Both offer limited accounts (no unlimited talk/text etc.).

    US Mobile: You pick the # of minutes, the #of texts, and the MB data you need. Lowest plan is 100/100/100 MB data - billed to a credit/debit card monthly. Cost for this options is $9 per month + state sales tax. First 30 days are free, and you must pay for the SIM. US based Customer Service is fast and responsive by voice, chat, or text.

    Pure Talk: Lowest plan is $10 (plus some taxes I guess) for 100/100/50MB. Again monthly billed to some type of card.

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    Yes, they will start you off on some service(s). Make sure they are all downgraded as well. You can see the plan and service(s) you have in your account dashboard. The plan should be the 200mb free, and no services should be active. That ensures you are not billed unless you go over your data allotment. Of course, if any of those services sound interesting, feel free to use them. You'll be billed according to their schedule.
    Last edited by orionwolfpack; 07-04-2017 at 02:51 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotadimple View Post
    Low usage account, you didn't say what your preferred network is

    I don't care about network, as I have never had issues with any of them, but I need pay go, not a set monthly charge. When I say low usage, I mean maybe a couple calls per month, and a tiny bit of data. Nothing that would justify $10/month.

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    Los Angeles Keep what you have.

    Quote Originally Posted by clocks11 View Post
    I have sims for both truphone and lyca. If I recall, Lyca paygo no longer has data? I'm mostly on wifi, but do need data on occasion.
    Since you have both SIMs already there is a cost saving in keeping them.
    Lycamobile does not have data on paygo, yes it does not!

    Since T & L are on the two major GSM networks you are pretty well covered.
    Why are you wanting to change?
    The only thing lower than these is "free" which tends to be a lot more work.

    [One potential bonus for Lyca is that 8xx calls are free.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfranzq View Post
    Why are you wanting to change?
    9cents per min/text seems pretty pricey these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clocks11 View Post
    9cents per min/text seems pretty pricey these days.
    For a truly low usage account, it seems like paying less for time would be more valuable than paying less for usage.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S7 using HoFo mobile app

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    I knew a while back that lyca and tru were the two cheapest GSM paygo for my usage. I guess I got spoiled with Tello, and was hoping there would be somethng cheaper on the GSM side by now. I guess I will stay mostly CDMA for the time being, though I do have a FreedomPop GSM sim coming.

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    Los Angeles That was artfully put.

    Quote Originally Posted by mmoose View Post
    For a truly low usage account, it seems like paying less for time would be more valuable than paying less for usage.
    That was artfully put.
    For a 'couple' of calls a month, if they are not long,
    it could take years before needing to refill.
    [And for Truphone they would need to be outgoing calls.]

    For this kind of account, the worry might need to be whether we
    will be able to continue using these SIMs in yet unseen technology
    in coming years.

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    Kind off topic, but maybe someone can answer this. If I have a phone on Tello (something like a Moto 5 plus that is both gsm/cdma), can I put a GSM sim in it, and use it for say a day without screwing up my Tello account/activation? Or do I have to disassociate the phone from Tello prior to doing that? Hope my question makes sense. Thanks

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