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  1. I’m so glad it worked out for you! I’ve been using Virgin Mobile for many years (also on the Sprint network) and it’s always worked great for my needs. I get unlimited everything, with a 5GB cap on high speed data, for $30/month ($5 discount since I have an iPhone).

    It’s such an easy way to save money, especially since phones are rarely used for calls and there’s wi-fi everywhere. I’m surprised more people haven’t switched to a discount carrier.

    • That’s so good to know, Kate. If we didn’t spend so much time up north sans wi-fi, I think we would have looked into something more like this. I’ll definitely keep this in mind if things change!

    • My husband and I share a monthly plan with 2 over people for Verizon. We pay $70 for both of us a month. I’ve been trying to convince my husband to try cheaper plans such as Republic, but he keeps saying nothing is as good as Verizon and doesn’t want to give it a shot. *sigh*

  2. Leverage your awesome Twitter following to get that Sprint money back. Just send a tweet complaining about the issue and be sure to tag Sprint in it. If that doesn’t get their attention, not sure what will…

  3. Amy Kristin (@poshsweetly)

    I’ve been waiting for this little post so I could see how it went with your Mister. So glad to read the good news and now, with our Verizon contracts ending (from my parents plan!) this month it helps to know we’re making a good choice with Boost. I was so worried that there were a million “catches” that you don’t see til it’s too late.

    • It’s gone really smoothly for him. I don’t know why I expected otherwise since they run on Sprint’s network, and we had good coverage with them. But yup! I’m glad it’s worked out so well for us. Can’t wait to hear how it goes for you two!

  4. Have you found the service to be similar?

    I recently switched from Verizon to Google Fi. I had a grandfathered plan with unlimited everything for $50 with Verizon, which was a hard deal to leave. I had to buy a new phone with Google, but I had to buy a new one with Verizon anyway and would have lost my plan. My Google bill has been right around $30/month, which includes the monthly cost of the phone (0% interest, so why not?).

    • From what I observe, yes. Mr. P actually thinks his phone works better now (placebo effect?). It does seem to stay connected to LTE longer. I was just hoping for an even exchange in terms of coverage, and I think we’ve found it! I’d love to hear more about Fi, Matt!

  5. That’s awesome Penny! Congrats on the big savings. It’s hard to make the switch at first, but we’ve always been satisfied with the different MNVO’s we’ve tried. They all have drawbacks – but the $ saved is SO worth it!

    • I’m waiting for a big drawback. I can’t really see one yet. But it’s nice to know that we could just walk away with our phones at the end of a billing cycle.

  6. Just wondering – are you able to use your existing phone number? We have four cell phones on Verizon and it costs a fortune. Been thinking about making a switch – but losing your number after years and years of having can be a challenge…

    • Thanks for asking, Brian! I totally should have included that. Yes! My husband kept his number, and it was a really painless transfer.

  7. I’ve looked into MVNOs, hoping to realize the sort of savings everyone else seems to be getting, but our rural location has limited our options. Only AT&T has adequate coverage in our house (we ditched the land-line years ago) and other areas we frequent, and the third-party carriers available on AT&T’s network look like they’ll actually cost more than our AT&T plan. Can’t win them all, I guess. But I’ll be watching the market as services continue to expand.

    • I think that’s the key. Just keep watching. And now that full-price carriers see the success of the MVNOs, I think they’re getting much more competitive with their pricing as well!

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