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O.P. No cheap cell providers in the US?
I've been looking into cell phone service in the US lately. So far the prices I've come across look pretty nasty compared to what I'm used to paying in Denmark.

I currently pay $0.12 USD per minute for calls (no rounding to the next minute, only charged per second), $0.015 per text message and $0.20 per MB data, or an optional 1 GB data package for $10 a month. That's really all there is to my plan. No connection fee, obviously no charge for incoming calls/texts, no monthly fee, no contract, no expiring minutes or any other dodgy terms. Given my low usage, I'll typically spend a total of $4 per month on my phone (well, $14 including my data plan).

Boost Mobile is the cheapest US provider I've come across so far. Is that the cheapest I'm going to find with coverage in Austin?
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01-06-2010 06:01 PM
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RE: No cheap cell providers in the US?
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$0.015 per text message
Do you mean $0.15 (DKK)?
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01-06-2010 06:14 PM
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O.P. RE: No cheap cell providers in the US?
No. All prices mentioned are converted to USD. I pay 0.08 DKK per text. That's 0.015 USD.
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01-06-2010 06:46 PM
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RE: No cheap cell providers in the US?
Ok, so unless I'm mistaken, that's 0.009 (GBP) in my currency.

...which seems impossible?

That's not even 1p (0.01), the smallest coin. :S
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...which seems impossible?
not really, it'll just be round up

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RE: No cheap cell providers in the US?
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Ok, so unless I'm mistaken, that's 0.009 (GBP) in my currency.

...which seems impossible?

That's not even 1p (0.01), the smallest coin. :S
That is odd. On average over here you're about 10p per text :S
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...which seems impossible?
not really, it'll just be round up
Yeah I know, but say it was rounded to 0.01, that's still 10x cheaper than the average text message in the UK.
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01-06-2010 08:12 PM
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...which seems impossible?
not really, it'll just be round up
Yeah I know, but say it was rounded to 0.01, that's still 10x cheaper than the average text message in the UK.
and? uk is a rip off!
01-06-2010 08:24 PM
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RE: No cheap cell providers in the US?
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...which seems impossible?
not really, it'll just be round up
Yeah I know, but say it was rounded to 0.01, that's still 10x cheaper than the average text message in the UK.
and? uk is a rip off!
True. But for someone who's used to that, it seems impossible to have it 10x cheaper.

Don't tell me every country apart from UK gets this? :|
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RE: No cheap cell providers in the US?
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That's not even 1p (0.01), the smallest coin.
You're not paying with coins when you have a contract though, and if you do pay cash (prepaid) I'm sure you're not paying per single SMS. You'd be surprised what a single grain of rice costs ;).

Most of the world is highly overcharging for mobile phone service, text messages in particular.


What I have seen from the US is mostly aimed at heavy users: Lot's of offers for "unlimited" minutes/texts/data (at a price), but if you're a light or even moderate users you seem to be left out. But US members will know better than me.

The cheapest plan for an iPhone on AT&T (just going with the most popular over there) is 70USD per month and you still pay 199 for the phone :o. Personally I haven't been paying more than 20USD per month in ages and even my very first contract in the beginning wasn't *that* expensive. Yay Netherlands... but Denmark seems even nicer :).

This post was edited on 01-06-2010 at 08:41 PM by Menthix.
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