A few days ago Verizon started shutting down flashed devices. My wifi puck died on the first day of the apocalypse. Even though my smartphone was still showing $15/mo and was working I started sniffing around.
After seeing the excellent coverage of Verizon I decided to stay with them or, more likely, a reseller (MVNO). My criteria are:
don’t care about speed
tethering (even unoffcially) - I am pretty careful with bandwidth; no streaming, youtubing, or D/L over mobile data.
cost should be sane. I ain’t payin’ $80 for internet.
I narrowed it down to two Verizon MVNOs; Total Wireless and US Mobile. The latter’s lowest “unlimited” tier is $35 at 1mbps speeds, throttled at 12GB (!). Sounds good to me. They also have a 5GB offer with a hard cap but no speed limit and hotspots are allowed.
I ordered their SIM kit and it arrived today, along with a used 32GB Nexus 6 I picked up for $99 (!) off amazon. The one I received is perfect and actually has _64_GB of internal storage. It’s been a very good couple of weeks…
It’s a good thing all that gear showed up today because the $5 3G smartphone was shut off today. :-0 So now I am running on the Nexus + verizon connection. I like it so far.
The phone’s built-in hotspot tether is shut down quickly by the carrier; they have an “unlimited” tier for that, about 50% more, or folks can use the abovementioned hard-capped plan with the hotspot. Total Wireless is set up like USM’s hardcapped plan, maybe a couple bucks less.