What is SERO?
Maybe this conversation will help (it’s one of my favorites):
Q: “How much do you pay for your cell phone service for your smart phone?”
Q: “You mean $30 for data, right?”
A: “No, $30 for 500 minutes a month and unlimited data”
A while years ago sprint offered SERO (Sprint Employee Referral Offer) to the public and a few die hard people are still on it. Of course, SERO has changed now, and if you want 4G data, it’s $50 a month which is still a pretty good deal imo.
T-mobile and walmart offers this plan only available online. Yes, it’s only 100 minutes and yes it’s throttled after 5GB of data, but it is a non-contract plan. Also, it’s 10 cents a minute when you go over which is about the best price you can get on any prepaid plan. S0 you can almost think about it as a prepaid line with $20 of data per month.
I test drove the plan on the samsung galaxy blaze and the data speeds were good. It’s not LTE, but for most people it will be plenty fast. It would also be a great idea for those who want to tether, and I might cancel my high-speed internet and replace it with 2 of these phones. Our data usage is usually under 10GB a month which would keep us at high-speed throughout. Of course, for gamers and heavy video users, this option would probably not work. But for email, web, and occasional videos (we even tried skype with it, and it was worked for us), it might work for you.
But that means I have to pay full price for a new phone.
Yes, you will. But considering the next cheapest monthly contract plan with data usually start at $60 or even if you had SERO you would be at $50 a month, that’s $20 extra over 2 years or $480. So as long as your phone is under that, you’ll be saving money. Also, there are some decent deals on older phones or if you know someone who’s upgrading and will sell or give you their previous phone, even better.
Here’s some of our favorite options.
Samsung Galaxy S2 – at the time of this post $329.99 Walmart with $30 t-mobile card
Samsung Exhibit – at the time of this post $179.99 with $50 t-mobile card
Google Nexus 4 made by LG – at time of this post $299.99 for 8GB version (if you can get your hands on it.. sold out in a day)