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Cell Phone Cheaps Rejoice!

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A few minutes ago, I installed a Cricket Wireless Prepaid GSM SIM Card (Review) in my Nexus 5 phone. The phone service should cost me $35 a month when I sign up for AutoPay. Unfortunately signing up for AutoPay gives me the following message, "The system couldn't process your request. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please try again later."

Whenever "later" comes along (hey it just came along... and here it is again), I'll save about $12 from what I was paying Straight Talk.

It seems like there's an arm's race in cheap cell phone service. I pulled the trigger on that, but Google’s Project Fi Mobile Service? is almost as tempting.

But yesterday things got a little more interesting.

Rick Broida of CNET's Cheapskate blog upped the ante by noting that StackSocial has a $199 deal for a Nexus 5 and a YEAR of service. You'd pay more than that for either the phone or the service almost anywhere else and you get BOTH. The service is through Freedom Pop and it runs on the Sprint network. Those may be deal-breakers for some, but a deal this good has to have a couple of strings attached, right?

The data is limited to 500MB which isn't a lot. I use around 1GB a month, which adds another $12.50 (2.5 cents per MB). If you use a lot of data, this may not be for you.

Between the data costs and the Sprint network, I don't think this is a fit for me, but maybe it works for you? Let me know in the comments.

Posted on May 6, 2015.

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6 Responses to “Cell Phone Cheaps Rejoice!”

  1. Joy says:

    This kills me! I am in Canada and we pay the highest cell phone bills in the world. My phone bill is almost $140 a month!

  2. Sean says:

    I currently use US Mobile . It ends up costing me around $13-15 a month for 100 mins and 1gb data. They are a T-mobile MNVO. I used to use Tmobile’s $30 SIM plan .

  3. Money Beagle says:

    I’m with Sprint and the only way we get acceptable service at home is through an Airrave signal booster that they provide us at no charge. When other companies use the Sprint network, they don’t have those and Sprint won’t provision them for non-direct customers, so this and other providers that use the Sprint network just don’t work for us.

  4. joe forsyth says:

    Thanks for the information…I am currently with sony as well and have been getting really annoyed with how expensive our plan is. Currently we are paying about $130 per month and it feels like a total waste. I am really looking into other options

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