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Old 05-12-2020, 09:28 AM   #1  
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Default Pure Talk USA-trying to cut expenses

Looking for ways to cut expenses. Has anyone had any experience with Pure Talk USA? Currently with Verizon and have been very happy with them but they are pricey.
How is their coverage domestically and how is the international-is it all roaming? Lastly, how are data services-fast, slow, intermittent?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-12-2020, 04:14 PM   #2  
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I've heard good things about visible wireless, which uses Verizon's network. It's an unlimited plan for much better deal, plus it gets cheaper the more lines you have.
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Old 05-12-2020, 09:42 PM   #3  
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No experience with PureTalk, but I have Visible Wireless right now and I absolutely LOVE it, incredible value. I will cut and paste my review I posted on NextDoor:

I was a long-time T-Mobile customer up until recently, but their service out here (DEN) I found extremely lacking (their recent merger with Sprint will hopefully improve things). I recently switched to Visible Wireless, which is a *wholly-owned* subsidiary of Verizon (i.e. not some fly-by-night MVNO). The main benefit of Visible is the *incredible* deal you get with membership. I am paying $25 a month for unlimited everything, including mobile hotspot data. This price is normally $40 which in and of itself is a great deal. I pay $25 with their "party pay" discount, which is similar to a family plan and has a maximum of 4 lines per party. The network coverage has been stunning, and is the same as Verizon's coverage as they use the same towers. Think of Visible like Cricket, which is AT&T's MVNO equivalent.

A couple caveats...
The data is in fact unlimited. But it is de-prioritized. What this means practically is that during times of network congestion, your speeds will drop. On any given day, my data speeds range from 1mbps to 200 mbps. Reliability has been outstanding however. I'm using a carrier-unlocked iPhone 11 Pro. They support most modern devices, but there are some exceptions for Android devices. They sell (and offer 0% financing) on a number of modern devices, and every phone they sell comes unlocked. I am always looking for a great deal and my switch to Visible has been nothing but positive. Highly recommend them for anyone looking for a better deal on wireless service, which has been getting more and more expensive recently. Their website is If anyone needs help switching or related advice I'm always happy to provide input.
Of note, if you bring your own phone to Visible right now (must be unlocked), they are offering a $100 gift card. If you purchase a device from them, they are offering a $200 gift card. They carry the new iPhone SE in stock, so with the $200 gift card that is an incredible deal.

Visible also supports WiFi Calling, which many MVNOs do not support. Another great benefit.
If you do join Visible, you will have to join a “party pay” to get the $25 price, see the following subreddit for folks looking for members.
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Old 02-14-2021, 02:49 AM   #4  
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I moved everyone over to Cricket, it’s about $132 for 5 phones, unlimited everything. Yeah they may throttle back an extreme high data user, never got there myself.

It works in Mexico, most southern islands, then one has wi-if options.
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I use Cricket as well. Super cheap. Always reliable. I believe they ride AT&T's network. I've been with them a little over 5 years and have never had an issue.
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If it matters to you Visible had terrible ping times for's very low priority within the Verizon network.
MINT might be worth looking do have to prepay international usage since plans are typically prepaid to get the best deal, with unlimited data at $30 a month on a 12 month prepaid plan... T-Mobile towers, rapidly improving in the US with sprint getting incorporated, and great overseas....
Coverage has been about the same as Google-fi, cost is less, depending on data use.
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