A friendly reminder that isps do NOT care about you or your digital rights. Always best to buy directly from the OEM rather than from the telecommunications (unless you can’t afford it). Do proper research before buying a phone!

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    While this is true, be aware there are drawbacks to 3rd party budget carriers.

    The service includes caveats that your traffic lower priority then VZWs so if your on a busy node you may get throttled or temporarily kicked off

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      I’ve been using a VMNO for 4 years now, never had an issue.

      I used to be Verizon only because of travel for work, and I need it to “just work”. I’ve found NVMO to be no different now.

      It’s possible in a specific area this could be the case though. Not all areas have the same coverage.

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        I was also on Verizon forever since I could always smugly claim more bars than my poor friends

        now that I’m kicked off my family plan and I actually have to pay for it and daycare and a mortgage I switched to mint and it works better than my wife’s Verizon

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      The $25/mo plan is unlimited GB but subject to throttling because it is not premium data.
      The $45/mo plan is 50 GB of premium data before you’re subject to possible throttling on the rest unlimited GB.
      I hear that throttling is rare except large events, so I’m willing to risk it, I only use about 5 GB mobile data per month anyways.

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        Tbh I don’t need the absolute fastest speeds and I’m fine with some lag if the network is “congested,” so I’m happy with the $25/mo one. I live in a smaller town so YMMV of course.

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      Yup, my buddy has some Verizon budget deal. It works most of the time in our small ski town, but when the crowds swell on busy weekends, he may as well leave his phone at home.

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        This has been my experience. I live in a rural area that historically only Verizon has coverage over (and Verizon still has more consistent coverage than any other carrier here) so I’m on a prepaid plan they recently stopped offering for $25/month for 5GB of data. I only ever see a difference at large events in locations that don’t frequently host events of that scale, and even then the amount of slowness varies depending on if they planned ahead and rolled out some temporary cell towers for extra bandwidth.

        The only time I’ve been noticably throttled was a couple of years ago at a sold out concert at an up-and-coming venue that’s now a weekday tour stop for mainstream rock and country bands

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      I tried them for a month and had Kbps bandwidth consistently. This one is directly from Verizon I believe though. They use it to test things on their network like dropping 3g support.