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Almost everyone needs and uses a cellphone these days. And it seems that almost everyone has and complains about the large, unpredictable bill attached to that cell phone. Family plan this and data plan that. 3G or 4G? Did I go over on minutes? Why is my bill so high this month? My phone is easy to use so why is the bill a headache? There has to be a better way. And indeed there is. GIV Mobile brings a new and refreshingly different approach to your wireless phone needs. It’s wireless for a cause. The promise of national, unlimited coverage and a reasonable bill along with a portion of your monthly bill donated to a charity that you can select during the signup process.
Let’s face it. Most of us want a cell phone or smart phone that works and doesn’t drain our bank account. GIV Mobile delivers that and more. Now you can save significant money on your wireless plan and know that you are contributing to a charity of your choice. The GIV Mobile team sent us a test phone and provided us with 30 days of service to try out all the features.
A few key facts about the service: GIV Mobile uses the national T-Mobile network and with an activated account and compatible phone you get access to that network for calls, texts and data wherever there is T-Mobile coverage. It’s a large network and I was able to try it in a number of cities as I brought it along on some trips. Of course you will want to check coverage for your home area as well as locations you frequently visit, GIV Mobile provides a quick map and tool to see where it will work. Service was as clear and crisp as my regular carrier and to be honest, I had no issues that I wouldn’t expect with any cell provider. The occasional dropped call here and there but overall it worked fine and will likely meet your needs. The test phone GIV Mobile provided used 4G data and based on my tests of thing like youtube and web browsing, it was more than fast enough to meet those needs. One cool added bonus is included, unlimited international texting to many countries. So, if you have friends or family living abroad, feel free to text away to your hearts content. This is a hidden gem of a feature and could save you significant money.
GIV Mobile does sell a variety of smartphones, including some of the latest Android and iPhone models. The prices for these phones are clearly posted on their site, seem competitive vs Amazon and don’t require a contract. Of course, you could always use an existing phone that is compatible with the service. Just make sure to check that the phone is compatible with T-Mobile service and you should be all set. Finally, you can easily port your existing cell number over using the on line signup.
Set up was easy and completed online. Your phone or SIM card will arrive ready to be activated. A few simple steps on the web and you will have your number assigned and be ready to go. Depending on where you bought your phone and how modern it is, you may or may not need to adjust settings. If you do, GiV Mobile has easy and responsive customer care. I know because I goofed on one of the steps and needed some hand holding.
You have two plans to select from. Both include unlimited talk, texts (including international as noted above) as well as voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding and long distance. (international long distance is available at very reasonable rates). The $40/month plan included a small amount of 4G data, 250MB. If you use your phone on wifi at home and work or don’t need data at all, this option is a great deal. With 250MB you could still send the occasional email or look up an address while on the go. Step up to the $50/month plan and you get nearly 10 times the data. With 2GB of 4G data, all but the most youtube obsessed smartphone junkie should be able to get through the month with plenty of Googling, emailing and tweeting.
The value is strong when you compare vs the other options you have. And, no contracts so if it doesn’t meet your needs they don’t have you over a barrel.
GIV Mobile currently contributes 8% of you monthly bill to a charity that you designate from a pre selected list. The list is comprehensive and covers everything from The American Cancer Society, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to the United Way with seemingly everything in between. I liked the fact that the consumer gets to select a charity that they are interested in and the process is easy and web based. Take a look at the complete list here: http://givmobile.com/charities/view
To be able to have solid nationwide coverage at a competitive rate while giving a little back to the world makes for a great value. Throw in the fact that signup is easy and there are no contracts to keep you tied down and GIV Mobile is wireless for a cause.
Disclaimer: I was provided with product for this review. All views and opinions with regard to GIV Mobile or the company are my own and were not influenced by the company.