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 06-19-2017 08:41 PM
 NotABiot
 
Originally posted by biny:
Cellnuvo can beat tello if you watch their ads and it would be a totally free option. Same as Tello, balance will not expire. PM me if you need code to waive activation.


Cellnuvo looks good on paper, but I had repeated terrible customer service from them: even to the point of talking to the CEO about buying a SIM (something advertised on the site). He couldn't figure out to how to sell me a sim, and it took weeks for him to check, so I gave up.
 
 06-20-2017 06:16 AM
afblangley
 
Sprint is currently offering a year's worth of service for free. Although it's unlimited plan is overkill for your scenario, nothing can beat the price. While there are a few hoops you'd have to jump through (ie. buying a new phone, porting your number to an eligible carrier) it may be worth it to you.
Here are the details:
https://www.sprint.com/content/sprint/sprint_com/us/en/shop/offers/free-unlimited.html
 
 06-20-2017 12:01 PM
 Boz1
 
Originally posted by afblangley:
Sprint is currently offering a year's worth of service for free. Although it's unlimited plan is overkill for your scenario, nothing can beat the price. While there are a few hoops you'd have to jump through (ie. buying a new phone, porting your number to an eligible carrier) it may be worth it to you.
Here are the details:
https://www.sprint.com/content/sprint/sprint_com/us/en/shop/offers/free-unlimited.html


Wouldn't monthly taxes and fees on this "free" Sprint deal cost more than the expected usage would cost on Tello?
 
 06-21-2017 02:52 AM
 tszefr
 
Originally posted by Boz1:
Wouldn't monthly taxes and fees on this "free" Sprint deal cost more than the expected usage would cost on Tello?
At this point the cost of "free" is not truly known. I used sprint chat service and got two answers: $2.39 and "between $3-4/mo." The only thing that is believable is they are liars.

Additionally that Sprint deal requires some very specific phones, electronic billing, auto pay, and credit evaluation. I think MIL needs a real paygo, not stinking postpaid even for "free!"
 
 06-21-2017 05:48 AM
 aboi
 
Twigby is a nice option.
 
 06-21-2017 09:41 AM
 barryspar
 
I will be able to furnish more information on the "free" Sprint plan later as I have ported a different person's line to this plan. At the moment no bill has been generated. But Boz1 is correct that the taxes and fees will be at least approximately the same as this user's PAYGO usage. Since she would have to purchase a new phone to get the free plan it isn't worth it for her.

As to tzsefr's statement that Sprint are liars - they are definitely incompetent, and many of the employees are quite poorly trained. If one manages to get past the first level of support (Tweeting at Sprint Care and a few executives will help, at least until enough people do it that they start shunting everyone back to the support queue) then you can reach competent people.

The one and only time I went into a Sprint store, it felt like a cross between the dentist's office and the DMV. The "technician" knew less about technology then I did, sold me a new SIM (the wrong one) which I didn't need, and basically I wasted two hours of my time there.

If I end up having technical issues again I will probably just cancel rather than deal with Sprint's support. They remind me of Bell in '76 except they don't have a monopoly - they're trying to come back from behind so they can't afford to be so careless...

<end rant>
 
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