Options available when itís time to leave the wireless-family-plan nest

Options available when itís time to leave the wireless-family-plan nest

Yandex's antitrust settlement with Google should help it take market share on Android in Russia.

Options available when itís time to leave the wireless-family-plan nest

The catch: Project Fi only supports Googleís Nexus and Pixel phones, of which just the Pixel and Pixel XL are left on sale.

Another WiFi-first service, Republic Wireless, did well in CRís survey and is even cheaper than Fi. Unlimited calling and texting run $15 a month (with coverage from Sprint and T-Mobile), and adding 1 GB of data raises the rate to just $20. But Republic is also picky about phones, with support confined to a set of recent Android models.

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A more traditional reseller, Consumer Cellular, also earned high ratings in those reader surveys. This reseller of AT&T and T-Mobile lets you mix voice and text-plus-data plans to match your usage. For example, 250 minutes of calls, unlimited texting and 1.5 GB of data would run $45. And itís far more accepting of hardware, so you can bring your unlocked iPhone there or buy one from the firm.

Donít rule out the big four carriers either; you may find that your school has a discount program offering substantial savings unavailable on your parentsí plan.

Whatever you do and whatever service you wind up on, please remember to use it to call your folks at least once a week, okay?

Rob Pegoraro is a tech writer based out of Washington, D.C. To submit a tech question, e-mail Rob at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at[/i][i]twitter.com/robpegoraro



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