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    Quote Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    The $2 day plan isn't very cost effective for most use cases. Like the 25˘ per Minute plan, it requires a top-up of $25 every 90 days or $10 every 30 days. That makes the minimum monthly cost $8.33/month. For minimal use there are plans from Red Pocket and Page Plus that cost $2.50/month.

    $2 day is only a good deal for someone that makes lots of calls or sends lots of texts and/ or who uses the $1/day 200 MB data add-on, but only on a few days per month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Qt0 View Post
    you might have to call in to get that $2 plan. I remember a few years back if I tried online with a smart phone it would say I couldn't get it. It was only after I put in the imei of a dumb phone that it allowed me to get it
    Not all that long ago I looked before I answered a question, and even though it was not highly visible, you could follow a link and see other options like PPU and $2/day. That wasn't apparent yesterday.
    iPhone 12 Pro is my current primary phone. Not yet signed up for 5G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeswap View Post
    The $2 day plan isn't very cost effective for most use cases. Like the 25˘ per Minute plan, it requires a top-up of $25 every 90 days or $10 every 30 days. That makes the minimum monthly cost $8.33/month. For minimal use there are plans from Red Pocket and Page Plus that cost $2.50/month.

    $2 day is only a good deal for someone that makes lots of calls or sends lots of texts and/ or who uses the $1/day 200 MB data add-on, but only on a few days per month.
    It makes a nice backup line, for travel within the US, for instance, if your primary carrier is T-Mobile or Verizon. Though in my case I'm currently using RP's $60/year plan. At least the ATT plan is more flexible. If you were going to do more for an upcoming month, you can change plans for that month, then move back. With RP you would be paying the higher topup options.

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    h20 has a 90 day plan with $10 top-up. https://www.h2owireless.com/plan/minute
    Which would seem to be cheaper if at&t requires minimum of $25 every 90 days.
    talk/text is 5c per Mb. data 10c per Mb.
    I don't know how flexible it is though, like if you could change it back and forth to a different plan (probably not)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qt0 View Post
    h20 has a 90 day plan with $10 top-up. https://www.h2owireless.com/plan/minute
    Which would seem to be cheaper if at&t requires minimum of $25 every 90 days.
    talk/text is 5c per Mb. data 10c per Mb.
    I don't know how flexible it is though, like if you could change it back and forth to a different plan (probably not)
    I have this for a "home" line on a spare phone. VoLTE, etc, work with my iPhone SE (2016). I have all data turned off, and my balance is back up to around $40 after I forgot to renew a couple years ago.

    For this usage, if Google Voice supported my area code I would have gone that route to save even this $40/year, but I often spend more than this much a week on takeout.

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    Another plan popped up on Ebay. Someone is selling a100 minute 100 text 500Mb yearly plan for $29.99 good on any of the four networks. Thats $2.50 every 30 days and it's good on AT&T and Verizon unlike the $2.50 a month plan redpocketstore offers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustybronco View Post
    Another plan popped up on Ebay. Someone is selling a100 minute 100 text 500Mb yearly plan for $29.99 good on any of the four networks. Thats $2.50 every 30 days and it's good on AT&T and Verizon unlike the $2.50 a month plan redpocketstore offers.
    I saw that a day or 2 ago & thought it was a mistake, but maybe not. . . .

    There was also a 360 day UT&T/2 GB plan for 60.00, but it was removed after 2 days. The price stated 16.58 per month, but was selling for 60.00.

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    Folks,

    Maybe I'm missing something, but the RedPocket $2.50/month plan mentioned above is a CDMA plan not a GSM plan?

    Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by fv22652 View Post
    Folks,

    Maybe I'm missing something, but the RedPocket $2.50/month plan mentioned above is a CDMA plan not a GSM plan?

    Eric
    Its available for both

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    I stand corrected. I see the $2.50/month plan from RedPocket includes GSMT (on T-mobile).

    Eric

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    Hello Mobile (hellomobile.com) on T-Mobile network

    $5/month 500 min /500 sms /500 MB

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    RustyBronco,

    Do you have a line for the ebay plan you found for $29.99/year? Thanks.

    Eric

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    i haven't used for a few years but i believe tello which used to be on sprint is now on t-mobile and has PAYGO for 0.01/min

    in the past they had a minimum top up that was not strictly enforced, it may be enforced now though. might be worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbyrobby View Post
    i haven't used for a few years but i believe tello which used to be on sprint is now on t-mobile and has PAYGO for 0.01/min

    in the past they had a minimum top up that was not strictly enforced, it may be enforced now though. might be worth a look.
    Tello paygo costs a minimum of $20/90 days, which works out to $6.67/30 days, and it is now being enforced. Rates are $0.01/$0.01/$0.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    Tello paygo costs a minimum of $20/90 days, which works out to $6.67/30 days, and it is now being enforced. Rates are $0.01/$0.01/$0.02.
    It's $10/90 days if you use Auto Recharge, but you have to get the balance down below $2.00 by the end of the 90 days to trigger it.

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