Need a new cell provider..
June 6, 2011 9:40 AM Subscribe
What GSM cell provider should I port my number to?
posted by mistikle to Technology (11 answers total)
I'm a longtime Verizon Wireless customer, and their service has treated me fairly well, but it's time for us to part. I am no longer under contract, and am looking to change providers.
A friend has kindly given me his old Nokia N95, which is an unlocked quad-band GSM phone. The phone also supports Wi-Fi and can be used with VoIP protocols, including native support for SIP. I am hoping to take advantage of these functions as much as possible, and am therefore looking for a minimal, contract-free cell service. I live in Massachusetts, but I also have plans to travel to Costa Rica, and plan to use the phone there, whether it be with a 'global' provider, or with a SIM I buy locally.
I have accounts with Google Voice, old Gizmo account, Skype, fring, etc. I am interested in the possibility of data options and text-message plans, though that is flexible. Some services I have considered include: Truphone (with the Tru SIM), Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, or other MVNO, mostly for cheap/contract free options.
• What are the best options for domestic, contract-free, cheap GSM services?
• What are the best options for Wi-Fi & VoIP based calling?
• What is the best solution for a combination of the above for international traveling, particularly in Costa Rica? Does anyone have experience with Truphone or another travel-oriented service?
Any and all thoughts are appreciated.