Verizon prepaid phone warning
please! don’t buy Verizon wireless prepaid unless to see well off wealthy and tech but if your on a fix income, go elsewhere because Verizon will gouge all your data before you get a chance to use it up to your next payment date. on July 13th I went into the Verizon corporate store,I bought Samsung j7 $50.00 a month with 7 GB and 16 GB of storage. just a day I had it Verizon took 8.50 of storage before I even started using the phone.i don’t use the weasels and bells on my phone. When I was with boost mobile 7 gigs I had 5 remaining by my next payment date but Verizon they take it all right away please! go to other carriers and stay away from Verizon. save your hard earned money.
Here is my question about the Xfinity hotspots….how are they going to protect your data? Those hotspots are not encrypted as far as I know, since no password is required to connect to them. That means anyone using them is sending all their data and all their phone conversations over unencrypted transmissions. Until they can guarantee encryption, I will pass. Anyone can enjoy connecting a laptop to those hotspots, firing up Wireshark, and watching all your data go by.
@wickedgirl33, there’s a lot of information on Xfinity’s site. They provide secure connections for their customers. Here’s a little bit about that from the site:
“The XFINITY WiFi network uses two SSIDs (network names) for user device connections. The first SSID is called xfinitywifi and is open for public use. The second is called XFINITY and is used to provide secure, encrypted connections to customers who have downloaded and installed the XFINITY WiFi secure profile on their device(s)…
…If users choose, they can also manually connect to the secure SSID.”
I believe with the Xfinity wi-fi hotspots you have to sign in with your Xfinity user name and password.
Hi Sunshine: I dumped Verizon a long time ago, because of their outrages fees associated with their plans. I never tried their “pre-paid” plans.
What I have now, and have had for over 3 years now, is a Samsung Galaxy III, purchased via HSN for $99.00, that came with one month free services through Virgin Mobile.
Virgin Mobile uses all the same cell towers as the big boys, to provide you service. It is a $35.00 a month plan (I believe it was $40 but if you signed up for automatic billing you get the $5.00 discount), for unlimited calling, unlimited text, and unlimited data. Because it’s also WIFI ready, I never have an issue with data, because I mostly use the “data” from home, and that wifi is already in my house from my Internet/cable company.
What is the best part? NO FEES, EVER. No surprises. The ONLY fee you must pay is your State Tax. (Well in my state anyway, not sure if other states force the tax issue), So my $35.00 monthly plan, costs me exactly $38.92 cents a month. Period. Never goes up.
Good luck to you in your search for the perfect plan for yourself.
I’ve been with Virgin Mobile for about 11 years. They run on Sprint’s network. Not quite as big as the other boys, but they’ve worked out fine for me all these years. I’ll be leaving them probably by the end of this month to go with Xfinity Mobile. I was able to order the $1 special LG X Charge before the recent sale ended. Besides what I saved on the phone, I’ll save a lot on service. Unlimited talk and text since I’m an Xfinity internet customer. If I use only 1 GB of data, my monthly cost will only be $12 + tax each month. Xfinity’s phones automatically connect to Xfinity hotpots, so I’ll use very little data.
@lady_di13, did you know that Virgin Mobile is going iPhone only? Currently they’re still supporting Android customers, but they’re being phased out. You can stay with them, but if you want a new Android phone after the middle of next year, you’ll have to go with another provider. They’ve partnered with Boost Mobile to allow Android customers to transfer their phones and service to Boost. This was posted on their site on June 17:
“Last Wednesday, we announced the introduction of the Inner Circle—an iPhone-exclusive offer. While the Inner Circle plan has been met with great enthusiasm, Virgin Mobile Android customers, we hear your concerns and apologize for any confusion resulting from this new offer.
We intend to support our Android customers with both service and upgrades for the foreseeable future. If you’re a current Android customer, you’ll be able to access Android devices and services by signing into My Account. Online device upgrades for Android customers will be available through mid-2018. Additionally, we’ll support Android in national retail locations (Walmart, Best Buy, etc.) through the end of 2017. We have no plans to discontinue wireless service or support for Android users.
We acknowledge that customers may be concerned about the ability to upgrade their Android device beyond mid-2018. As such, we have partnered with our sister company, award-winning Boost Mobile. Boost Mobile has, and will continue to offer, a robust selection of Android phones and uses the same great network as Virgin Mobile. Later this year, we will offer our customers that prefer Android a simple, hassle-free way to switch over to Boost Mobile. Under this arrangement, most Virgin Mobile customers will be able keep their current plan and phone, or switch to any current Boost Mobile plan and phone, enjoy the same great network, and have access to all the latest and greatest Android phones now and in the future. This offer will be completely optional to Virgin Mobile customers and will be available throughout all of 2018.”
@thisgoesto11. No, I had no idea they were changing. I recall back when my husband and I got our phones, I looked at their site thinking I could get my son a replacement iphone (these crazy kids seem to think if you don’t have Apple you don’t ). They were not selling iphones at the time. Looks like they’ve come full circle. I’m grateful for your alert. I’ll hang on to this deal as long as I can, and as long as my current phone holds up.
@LadyDi13 Looks like you’re probably grandfathered into your plan. Just checked the Virgin Mobile site and all I saw was $50 for what you have and that is only with auto pay. They did have a “deal” of $1 for a year if you purchase an iPhone through them. Would be a good deal if you purchased one of their cheapest iPhones or if you really wanted an iPhone in particular and didn’t already have one.
Also, saw a lot of white space on their coverage map; so it definitely depends on where you live. Compared to Verizon, it wouldn’t be as good of service in my area.
Thank you @lizzie818. I hadn’t checked their website in quite some time, just didn’t need to, given I love my phone, and am happy with the service as well. If the price is up, you must be right, our two phones must be grandfathered in, to the deal we got at the time.
@shunshine I’ve had a Verizon prepaid phone for well over a year and never had a problem. I only have 2 GB of data and have never come close to using that. You should go back to the Verizon store and have them check your phone to see why it’s using so much data. As a general rule, the only thing that uses that kind of data is video streaming. I don’t think what kind of phone you have makes a difference, but I have a Moto E that I bought at Walmart.
Posted in Talk Among Yourselves
09.18.17 5:37 PM