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Old Dec 26th 2017, 12:19 am
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Hey all,

Moving to LA in a couple of weeks. Just wondering what's the best cell plan for me?

I use lots of data mostly, don't really call anyone if I don't have to. Don't need minutes really just need a good data plan.

I'm with 3 in the UK and they have unlimited data for £15 a month, plus I can use my mobile in a ton of countries with free data. Great deal.

My question is is there any plan/carrier in the US that offers good data rates/unlimited data?

I buy my iPhones outright so I don't need a phone as part of the deal.

Are all deals 12 month contracts? I used pay as you go, month to month in the UK and that worked well for me.
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T Mobile works really well for me. Search their one plan for unlimited everything. Personally I use a different plan that has 3gb of data.

You'll find that typically minutes and sms are unlimited in most plans and it's data that differentiates the price.

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If your iPhones are are 6 or 6+, they will work on any carrier here. If they are 7-8-X, they will work on T-moble and ATT only as they do not have a Qualcomm modem needed for Verizon/Sprint. They have an Intel modem which is GSM only. This is assuming you are bringing your iPhones from the UK. If you bought unlocked phones here in the states, then it will work on all networks here. settings>general>about>model, then Google that to see if it's GSM only phone.
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This is good to know. I have an iPhone X bought in Australia. I'll check the compatibility for networks in the states.
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Originally Posted by jkeller View Post
If your iPhones are are 6 or 6+, they will work on any carrier here. If they are 7-8-X, they will work on T-moble and ATT only as they do not have a Qualcomm modem needed for Verizon/Sprint. They have an Intel modem which is GSM only. This is assuming you are bringing your iPhones from the UK. If you bought unlocked phones here in the states, then it will work on all networks here. settings>general>about>model, then Google that to see if it's GSM only phone.
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Most every plan is unlimited everything these days. The prices have actually fallen dramatically in the US over the past couple of years but it remains a somewhat expensive country to use a cell in. Without a lease, you're typically looking at $35-$45/mo/line here. This might have something to do with the geographic size of the US. If you have multiple lines, you can sometimes get a deal.

Verizon is traditionally known as having the best network, but I've found Sprint to be excellent these days and significantly cheaper. T-Mobile is also apparently much improved.

It's likely that an Australian iPhone X will work fine here, if it's unlocked.
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Most every plan is unlimited everything these days. The prices have actually fallen dramatically in the US over the past couple of years but it remains a somewhat expensive country to use a cell in. Without a lease, you're typically looking at $35-$45/mo/line here. This might have something to do with the geographic size of the US. If you have multiple lines, you can sometimes get a deal.

Verizon is traditionally known as having the best network, but I've found Sprint to be excellent these days and significantly cheaper. T-Mobile is also apparently much improved.

It's likely that an Australian iPhone X will work fine here, if it's unlocked.
Which provider can I get 45/month for one line with unlimited? I'm at $70 on Verizon with unlimited, would love to get that to 45. Thanks.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: I like Ultra for pay as you go. They now have unlimited everything (including international texts and calls to most places) for $49 per month.

They use the TMobile network.
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Which provider can I get 45/month for one line with unlimited? I'm at $70 on Verizon with unlimited, would love to get that to 45. Thanks.
Pay $43 a month including tax on T-Mobile - 3GB LTE and unlimited 3g
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Pay $43 a month including tax on T-Mobile - 3GB LTE and unlimited 3g
We use straight talk $45 unlimited except after 10 gigs the speed drops but I don't think I ever use more than the 10 gigs. We also bought used iphone 5s thru them for $ 79 and $49. I bought mine first at $79 and a week later wife got hers for $49. They both work fine and st talk uses Verizon towers.
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Which provider can I get 45/month for one line with unlimited? I'm at $70 on Verizon with unlimited, would love to get that to 45. Thanks.
I just signed up for a new plan with Sprint. I looked around and the other carriers and I'd say $35-$45 seems to be the going rate these days for unlimited coverage alone. For three iPhone 8s leases, a Galaxy S8 on the "Galaxy every year" plan (because I'm a spoiled brat), unlimited everything, insurance on the kids phones and ludicrous levels of taxation, I think we're paying right around $250/month all in. My wife got some kind of promotional credit on her phone (an iPhone 8+). We used to pay ~$320 based on the plan we had last year. Prices seem to be falling in general across the industry as the smartphone market is finally completely saturated.

Side note: Sprint doesn't seem to throttle unless you're using a truly ridiculous amount of data (25gb/mo+). I use wifi and wifi calling at all times in my house and at work and never get anywhere close to 10gb/mo despite being profligate with data.

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As others have mentioned we use T-Mobile, we have unlimited everything, two iPhone X's and two Apple Watches with their own LTE plan and we pay around $94 a month (we do have a very small discount applied through my FiL's work).

Never had an issue with coverage in LA at all, LTE has always been fast and reliable.

Edit - Just to add, we don't purchase any of our devices through T-Mobile, they're all purchased outright and we just get the sim only deal.
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Verizon gets expensive quickly. I have 5 lines on my plan: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7 Plus.

8Gb of data (so not unlimited) - that'll be $340 a month please. When the majority of the phones are paid off in August I'm moving them to another plan somewhere cheaper!

That said Verizons service around here is excellent, and the next best (AT&T) is pretty much useless in the sticks.
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I would strongly caution against using T-Mobile at the minute - they have a flaw in their two factor authentication system which means users are currently being heavily targeted for online banking fraud/scams.
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I would strongly caution against using T-Mobile at the minute - they have a flaw in their two factor authentication system which means users are currently being heavily targeted for online banking fraud/scams.
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Originally Posted by jkeller View Post
If your iPhones are are 6 or 6+, they will work on any carrier here. If they are 7-8-X, they will work on T-moble and ATT only as they do not have a Qualcomm modem needed for Verizon/Sprint.
Forget Sprint as they're ****ing awful. VZW now allows iPhone 7's onwards with an Intel modem to use their service. Why? VZW is no longer a CDMA carrier. They are fully VoLTE (see below).

They have an Intel modem which is GSM only.
LTE is *not* GSM. It is its own standard. The industry should stop using the term 'GSM' now we are in a VoLTE world.

To answer the OPs question; no one can reach a judgement for you. Personally, given the major three providers (TMUS/T/VZW) are all about the same price for unlimited, it's purely up to the OP to make an informed decision based on coverage in their area.

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