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cellphone/tablet/ipad for call, text, browsing?

At this time we each have a Samsung s4 and our service is through Verizon. We do like our service but it is what we think a tad expensive, $150.00 per month for both.
Patti retired last August and we will start doing a little traveling in our 5th Wheel.
What would be the recommendations for our "communication" usage. Is there a tablet, an ipad that will do the same for calling, texting and browsing. I am guessing the costs will probably no different from the phone. We may also try to go with a pay as you go but my guess that would put the kabosh on using an ipad or tablet. We have also been told that using a pay as you go, ex: Net10, only give you minimal usage, minimal power, coverage of cell towers.
I hope I have explained everything fully.
Thank you

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If you need lots of cellular data...

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...there's really no 'cheap' way to do it. Most retirees I know in an RV/etc. have opted to reduce/limit costs by finding prepaid cellular voice service that suffices for their particular price point/service/coverage needs. On top of the voice, they carry around a wifi only tablet to communicate at places where wifi is available. YMMV.

If you are an extremely light user of cellular data (e.g. light email/no heavy video/audio streaming), some sort of 'mifi' device could provide the occasional mobile cellular data if you travel in such areas away from wifi spots.

This conversation/issue gets thorny quickly since there are a whole slew of variables that need to be taken into consideration before diving in (i.e. buying new devices, signing up for new services, etc.).

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An example built on what Pepe7 wrote.

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A friend went with a Tracfone for voice and text. Coverage for them worked. For the data they carry a second hand tablet. But what a nice one. They lucked into a Windows RT (yes there is such a thing) based Surface with keyboard for cheap. For most folk I give the nod to the iPad and for tech savvy folk the Android tablets. A nod to the Google Nexus 7.

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