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Old Mar 2, 2020, 09:36 PM   #1
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Default What carrier and service plan do you have?

I am on an older US Cellular "Total Unlimited" plan that had a 22GB "2G" throttle and a 3.0Mbps speed cap on the downlink. However, it did not include a video throttle.. but it was still capped at 3.0Mbps. This is where things get weird..

I found out recently that US Cellular has dropped the throttles on its older plans. In an effort to stem the bleeding from their network's poor coverage. However, because my plan didn't have the video throttle.. it doesn't exist.. So, I can stream 4K video for whatever my connection will allow now. Which about 15 miles south of me.. is nearly 70Mbps down on US Cellular's 4G LTE network. (I don't have LTE service at home... My town sits in a valley and all of US Cellulars towers aren't tall enough to reach over the hill... but Verizon's is.. )


Have any of your carriers ever modified your plans for the better benefit of you?
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Old Mar 5, 2020, 05:15 PM   #2
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Carrier: Freedom Mobile (aka Wind Mobile)
Plan: Freedom 30 (was Wind 30)
Price: $30 Cdn

"Unlimited Data" (5Gb at full speed, throttles after that)
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and all the other normal stuff(caller ID etc)

Ancient plan at this point. But it's price for a plan in Canada is really cheap, so I've kept it for now. Also gained access to Shaw Wi-Fi hotspots across the country once they where purchased by Shaw. So that's been a nice free touch.
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AT&T 15 Gig family plan I share with Ma, Pa and GF

GF uses 75 to 80% of the data watching cute kids or puppies do cute things on YouTube every month and the rest of us never use up the rest.
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I'm on Koodo.
Not too bad for Telus tower access.

I used to be on the same plan as Trunks0, but the coverage sucked back in the day.
I have Shaw Wifi hotspot membership already from my Shaw Internet Plan.
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Jeeze.. Ya'll are getting boned on the plans. Coverage any good though? For the plan that I have there.. $42/mo but I have a $15/mo bill credit attached to it per month to "temporarily offset the service outage in my area" which has been ongoing for 10+ years... -_-
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Jeeze.. Ya'll are getting boned on the plans. Coverage any good though? For the plan that I have there.. $42/mo but I have a $15/mo bill credit attached to it per month to "temporarily offset the service outage in my area" which has been ongoing for 10+ years... -_-
The 3 major Canadian telecoms pretty much control everything here, so we get price gouged to hell and back for our coverage.
ANd theres nothing we can do about it because we dont really have any other players in the market.

We have an advertisement on the radio that the Telus network FASTEST cellular speed is faster than the fastest AVERAGE speed in the world...(in South Korea).

That propoganda spin is strong.....
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Old Mar 11, 2020, 02:10 AM   #8
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Let the games begin... the intro to my FCC complaint. Most complaints are centered around 1 or 2 years worth of crap. I have 8-10 years. Establishes pattern. Tired of US Cellular's lies on coverage.

https://www.reddit.com/r/USCellular/...y_fcc_service/

And yes, you now will know where I live (town).. Although JZL and Evileh have known for a long time. Please note- The other carrier wants $900ish/mo for the same service I have now for all 7 lines and they don't have coverage in an area we need it. For the past 10 years we've been trying to get by on DSL and not having a phone while home but its getting to the point its not working.
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Sprint Freedom Unlimited BYOD

$25/mo / line unlimited

so for two phones its $50 + taxes.

I also have my galaxy watch added which is $15/mo unlimited.

That being said, it's a pretty low priority line. I get shoved to no data in congestion pretty easy. And speeds are pretty slow. But all I ever do is browse reddit anyways.
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Old Mar 19, 2020, 08:15 PM   #10
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Not sure what my plan is called.

But TMobile
3 Lines for $100 flat (3rd line was a promo)

Unlimited Everything (Data/Text/Phone)
Hotspot/Tethering included with each line (I think this is unlimited as well, but throttled after 20GB or so)
International calling and Roaming for some dozens of countries

Can't complain at all -- it's a fantastic plan, and no issues with coverage.
Just wish they would have 5G available in my area, looks like im 1mile out of its reach.
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Old Mar 25, 2020, 10:29 AM   #11
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Cricket.

$100 for 4 lines w/Unlimited 3Mbps. Video stream may be capped as well but hasn't made a bit of difference as most of my usage is via wifi.
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Yea, we are all getting shafted on plan pricing for what they are offering.

-Unlimited 4G LTE (No soft cap where it throttles to 2G or w/e, just QoS)
-Unlimited 4G LTE hotspot.. (again, no softcap)
-No Video Streaming Throttle
-Unlimited Talk/Text
-Unlimted Talk/Text in Mexico/Canada but its gotta be activated.. Data is limited to 500MB of 2G I believe there though.
All for $190/mo for 7 lines + Taxes and USF fees.. so like $220/mo total+ device installments. Our bill for all 7 lines is $395-415/mo.

This plan was only in place for 4 months. It was the year US Cellular shed over 1,000,000 subscribers in a single year and was trying to stop the arterial bleeding courtesy of their poor coverage and crap billing department. So we have a VERY rare plan.


Edit2-
Went into detailed billing...
Our service charge per month is $150 as part of that plan was a $40/mo credit. But yea.. bill credits can only solve so much..
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I'm on Vodafone UK and get unlimited calls, texts, 40GB data (not throttled) and a Spotify subscription for £26 a month.
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Verizon
5GB data (plus rollover on anything I dont use)
Unlimited text
Unlimited talk
$53/mo including taxes

Don't know anything else about the plan or any throttling. I rarely use more than 3GB of data in a month, typically 1.5GB to 2Gb. Don't have any issues with coverage usually, and I've traveled all over the US with it. I've looked at other plans, but this old one (grandfathered in, not available any more) does what I need.
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$90/month with 2 lines
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Coverage and service good in your local area?
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5GB data (plus rollover on anything I dont use)
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$53/mo including taxes

Don't know anything else about the plan or any throttling. I rarely use more than 3GB of data in a month, typically 1.5GB to 2Gb. Don't have any issues with coverage usually, and I've traveled all over the US with it. I've looked at other plans, but this old one (grandfathered in, not available any more) does what I need.
You are smart to keep it. Verizon's current 5GB single line plan is $55 before taxes and other government fees.
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You are smart to keep it. Verizon's current 5GB single line plan is $55 before taxes and other government fees.
Agreed. I've looked at other plans before but they are all more expensive. Considered moving to an Unlimited Data plan several times, but in the end I always feel I can live without it.
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Coverage and service good in your local area?
Yeah no real issues. Service typically sucks on base no matter what. At my apartment off-base in Jersey it worked fine.

Definitely inferior to Verizon though. Their service is bar-none.
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Yeah no real issues. Service typically sucks on base no matter what. At my apartment off-base in Jersey it worked fine.

Definitely inferior to Verizon though. Their service is bar-none.
Well, if T-Mobile is honest about the coverage they provide there then it isn't an issue imho. Because you are paying for a service they advertised as such. Generally T-Mobile's coverage maps are far more accurate. Where I live.. Verizon has roaming service through CVW. CVW is part of their Rural LTE Program. Full bars here. Like.. even in basements you get 4G LTE. lol. My US Cellular phone spends about 60% of its time connected to the CVW tower for "Emergency Calls Only/No Service" here in town. It'll get even worse in the summer.

Right now, I am in a 10+ year war with US Cellular over the service they claim to provide where I live. It won't end well for US Cellular because I am one of their last customers who has a non-arbitration contract. (I opted out.. So yes, I can sue US Cellular in federal court)

They've promised me since 2009 they were building a tower outside of town to fill this dead zone they have. Said it'd be done in 4Q 2011. Its still not done. $400+/mo for all that time and dealing with it.. its bullshit. Why didn't I switch? No other carrier available till mid-2013. Even then they wouldn't allow more than 4 lines and charged $325/mo for 4 lines. (I needed 7..) So it ruled CVW out.

So for a carrier like US Cellular to get paid by the USF and Missouri USF for supposedly providing coverage here.. (High Cost Support) the coverage here doesn't exist. So they are literally sitting on landmine and can't figure out how to get off of it without blowing something off.

They can't legally drop the account without stating cause in a filing to the FCC. They can't say "Lack of service availability in the area" or else they admit to perjury. So its literally a landmine for US Cellular. Their engineers screwed up and can't figure out how to fix it without getting burned.
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