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    Not exactly. The cost of Lifeline service is paid...

    Not exactly. The cost of Lifeline service is paid for by federally imposed fees on phone subscriber service. It is not a tax on general taxpayers. It is effectively a tax though.

    It's $2.50 a...
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    I would not wait until the last day. If you don't...

    I would not wait until the last day. If you don't do your deposit by whatever time of day they consider the end of your 120 days you will lose your existing balance. Sometimes the account web site...
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    Actually, they are Lifeline phones. The Lifeline...

    Actually, they are Lifeline phones. The Lifeline program goes back to the Reagan administration. If your have an itemized phone bill, the line item for Universal Service Fee is what pays for that.
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    Straight Talk is not exclusive to Walmart. I have...

    Straight Talk is not exclusive to Walmart. I have bought ST directly from ST. IIRC, Family Mobile is a Walmart thing.
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    There is more than just Straight Talk remaining....

    There is more than just Straight Talk remaining.

    All of the Tracfone brands that Verizon bought:

    Tracfone Brand - Subscribers - Carrier(s) Used
    Straight Talk Wireless - 9.3 million - Verizon &...
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    Thanks for the breaking news. This comes as no...

    Thanks for the breaking news.

    This comes as no surprise to me. I assumed when Verizon bought the Tracfone brands that they would consolidate/eliminate some of them.

    I keep a Page Plus paygo...
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    The article is from an independent phone dealers...

    The article is from an independent phone dealers publication. My guess is that DAP is something they use to refill phone services.

    It remains to be seen what will happen to lines on the...
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    I got one of those. That is weird. Who thought...

    I got one of those. That is weird. Who thought that was a good idea? It goes along with Samsung doing everything with settings weird.

    Settings -> Display -> Scroll down to "Looking for something...
  9. Can they is not the question. Will they is. They...

    Can they is not the question. Will they is. They will do what is in their economic interest. They don't have unlimited money to do everything everywhere. Spending massive amounts of money to improve...
  10. Ok, thanks for the detailed info. The net...

    Ok, thanks for the detailed info.

    The net effect is the same though. Verizon plans to have their C-Band substantially deployed by late 2024.
    ...
  11. Do you mean a newly unlocked Tracfone branded...

    Do you mean a newly unlocked Tracfone branded phone? All new TF branded phones are locked to TF service for 60 days after activation before they are eligible to be unlocked.

    I'm using an unlocked...
  12. Verizon cannot fully deploy C-Band until late...

    Verizon cannot fully deploy C-Band until late 2024. Other users are using the spectrum until then. The initial 46 PEAs that were eligible for deployment is all they can do until late 2022 when more,...
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    My recollection is that the good HSN Tracfone...

    My recollection is that the good HSN Tracfone deals started trickling away when Verizon bought Tracfone. I'm not expecting much going forward. Fortunately I don't need anything.
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    You can tell which network version you are on by...

    You can tell which network version you are on by looking at the APN. The legacy cloud core network APN is: VSBLINTERNET. The new network is something else.

    I am a satisfied Visible user still on...
  15. Such things seem to exist. Do a web search on...

    Such things seem to exist. Do a web search on "cellular desk phone".

    An alternative would be a cellular Analog Telephone Adapter. The adapter gives you cellular service and had an RJ jack to plug...
  16. What plan do you have? Tracfone did not used...

    What plan do you have?

    Tracfone did not used to allow hotspotting at all. As best as I can tell, it is only allowed now on the unlimited plans that are $35 a month and up.

    The older 6s may not...
  17. There is nothing commonsensical about enacting...

    There is nothing commonsensical about enacting into law mandates that can't be achieved.

    Insulting me for my opinion does nothing to change the fact that what you posted was woefully incomplete...
  18. Otherwise known as a PR weasel worded statement.

    Otherwise known as a PR weasel worded statement.
  19. The Jan 1, 2023 date was mentioned by Vis as...

    The Jan 1, 2023 date was mentioned by Vis as accounts using the legacy cloud network would be allowed to continue at least until then, with no specified hard end date.

    I have not seriously...
  20. The Moto E6 is not on Visible's compatible phone...

    The Moto E6 is not on Visible's compatible phone list even though they used to sell them and they still work. It appears that at some point we will be required to switch to their new network which...
  21. Not entirely correct. The California Zero...

    Not entirely correct.

    The California Zero Emission Vehicle law goes into effect in 2026 with a requirement that 35% of new vehicle sales be ZEV. That increases yearly to 100% in 2035. ZEV can use...
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    Make the default ringtone silence. Put a custom...

    Make the default ringtone silence. Put a custom ringtone on each contact. That's not too tedious if there are not a lot of contacts. Scammers and others will still be able to leave voicemail unless...
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    That is a good idea. I'm a cellular geek so I...

    That is a good idea. I'm a cellular geek so I have tried all three over the years and know what works for me. Verizon is the only one that works for me inside the house.

    At one time I was able to...
  24. Yeah, it is that way on my Motos. I recently...

    Yeah, it is that way on my Motos. I recently tried the Airplane mode on then turn on Wifi on a friend's Samsung A21 - same thing. I wonder if this changed in some version of Android.
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    Oh, you meant problems with discussing at the...

    Oh, you meant problems with discussing at the Google GV forum, not here.

    I have no idea what strategies GV is doing about spam calls. I get so few it doesn't matter.
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