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📱︎ Very-low-cost mobile cellphone service

If you want very-low-cost 📱︎ mobile cellphone service, for use in the 🇺🇸 USA-only, I highly recommend the low-data plan at Republic Wireless .  If you tell your 📱︎ phone to get data for YouTube and most apps only-over-Wi-Fi , the lowest-cost plan is fine, and even returns a huge rebate, so it costs only $12-16 a month, out-the-door.  And if you don't need Google Maps or email while on the road, you can get the base-plan (even cheaper!), with data over Wi-Fi only, and voice and SMS text over that or 📶︎ cell towers.
I bought my phone, a mid-grade , which I like a lot.  If you don't need a flashlight and a screen that big, the bottom-of-the-line also works well.
When I traveled overseas, I could NOT make phone calls, so we borrowed a burner phone and got a temporary SIM card onsite.  Worked well.

I also hear very good things about price, and coverage in 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA, about TracFone .

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