They have awesome plans starting as low as $5/month (for 75minutes, 50 texts, and 50mb…enough for a very low use individual – thinking this could include senior citizens) and also include unlimited options, too, for a little higher price. Their highest monthly plan is ONLY $30 and includes unlimited talk/text/data (up to 30gb on CDMA/Verizon or GSM/T-Mobile).
Update: If you want truly UNLIMITED data, it is only $45 for unlimited EVERYTHING!
We tested the $15/month plan which includes unlimited talk, unlimited text and 5GB of 4G data (available on 5G, too).
Spoiler alert: we liked it so much we ported over from our previous carrier!
What are Some Pros/Cons?
Pro #1 Coverage.
As mentioned earlier, we are using the same network as Verizon! But…you have the option of using ANY of the Big 4!
Pro #2 Cost.
For 2 phones through Verizon on their entry level plans, you will be paying $60/line plus taxes, surcharges, and other fees. Compound this for 2 phones over a 2 year contract and you will be paying $2880 BEFORE TAXES AND OTHER FEES! Once you add in the costs of a phone lease and phone insurance then these costs skyrocket!
Through PagePlus we were paying $29.95/line (taxes and fees already included) and this includes unlimited talk/text and 3gb of data which has proven to be more than enough for our needs. Compound this for 2 phones over a 2 year timeframe (no contracts EVER) and we have spent $1437.60.
And now through USMobile…
$15/month = $180/year!
$30/month for 2 lines = $360 per year or $720 for 2 years.
A SAVINGS of over $700 from PagePlus
$2200 from Verizon!
We understand that this comparison may not be an exact 1:1 comparison between USMobile and Verizon. A better comparison would be to look at USMobile versus PagePlus. Even then, a savings of $700 is pretty amazing!
What would you do with an extra $700 or $2200?
Pro #3 NO CONTRACTs!
Not much to say other than I am thankful we are not indebted to a company and can leave anytime we want (if we would want to).
Pro #4 Referral Program
USMobile has an awesome referral program. SERIOUSLY!!!! (Scroll to the bottom to see how to get a referral credit of up to $10.).
Hint: you will need this referral code to get the referral credit.
Now for the cons…
Con #1 No Phone Discounts.
I don’t see this as a con and let me share why.
So Verizon likes to offer phone deals if you sign up by a specific date, or if you change your contract dates, or if you sell your right leg. I like my right leg, but could probably do without my appendix (already removed anyways). Those phone “discounts” aren’t real discounts at all and may cost you longer. Not to mention the “insurance” those companies sell you for using phones that they don’t own anyway. It’s like a car lease (a bad idea) in which the salesman makes commission by selling you all of the add-ons he has convinced you that you NEED.
So where do you get a phone from? You buy it from a site like Amazon , eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or wherever you desire. The sky is the limit! I prefer the Amazon Renewed Store as you can get so much for so much less :).
Con #2 You must buy your own phone.
Again, I don’t see this as a con, but it may be something you feel is a downside to moving away from the Big 4. There are so many more options available outside of the Big 4 carriers so you can get a truly personalized phone.
Or…go all out with a personalized phone case!
And for the conclusion…
Overall, we enjoyed the service with Verizon and PagePlus and wanted to pursue other carriers to help us save even more money. We feel that USMobile will help us continue to decrease our monthly cell phone spending while increasing the services we previously enjoyed. We do agree that for some people the Big 4 carriers provide good services and each person must weigh the pros and cons for themselves before determining if they should consider saving more money by switching to an MVNO like USMobile. There are many MVNOs available on each of the Big 4 networks and some may be better in your area than others.
We have been so excited with USMobile that we have ported our numbers from Page Plus! That’s a pretty big move for having been with the previous carrier for the past 8 years!
So…have you tried an MVNO and if so, what have been your experiences?
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