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Joe Paonessa


Joe Paonessa
Joe Paonessa is the founder of BestMVNO.com. He started BestMVNO in 2013, because like many of you, he was unhappy with the high price he was paying his wireless provider for cell phone service. After researching how to cut costs on his phone bill, he came across the terms MVNO and prepaid wireless, and learned there was a way he could keep using his favorite network without having to pay a premium price for it.

Through BestMVNO.com, Joe shares his research and experiences with MVNOs and prepaid wireless providers, helping others learn how to save money on their phone bills. Joe's current providers are T-Mobile Prepaid and MobileX. When he's not working on BestMVNO, you may find Joe playing pickleball or going out for a run. For inquiries use the contact button.

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Text to 911 About to Go Live

Joe Paonessa - May 6, 2014
Starting May 15th, all of the four major carriers in the USA and emergency services will enter the 21st century by allowing texting to 911.  Although the carriers will go live with the service on that date not all towns will.  In the event that you try to text 911
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T-mobile adds 2.4 Million Customers

Joe Paonessa - May 4, 2014
Another fiscal quarter has passed, and if you’ve been following us along, you’ll know it means more subscriber additions for T-mobile.  Surprisingly though, the 2.4 million new subscribers hasn’t been all that profitable for the nations 4th largest carrier.  In fact the mobile carrier experienced a drop in earnings of
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Motorola X on sale starting at $299

Joe Paonessa - May 1, 2014
Every now and then it seems Motorola likes to put it’s X on sale.  When it happened around Christmastime it crashed their servers.  Well, today  and today only is another opportunity for you to get this deal.  Calling it a Mother’s day sale, the X is on sale starting at
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Sprint MVNO FreedomPop now offers the iPhone

Joe Paonessa - May 1, 2014
FreedomPop, a unique Sprint based MVNO in that they actually offer a free service plan, now allows you to bring your own iPhone (4) to their network or you can buy a refurbished iPhone 5 directly from them for $349.  With the FreedomPop free voice and text plan, any iOS
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Solavei Sale

Joe Paonessa - Apr 30, 2014
Switch to T-Mobile based Mvno Solavei and get 50% off your first two months of service featuring unlimited voice, text and data with 4g LTE.  See the deal here .  If interested, you’ve got to hurry because today is the last day for this promotion.
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Straight Talk Wireless increases data allotment to 3 GB

Joe Paonessa - Apr 25, 2014
Straight Talk’s new data limit What’s better than 2.5GB of LTE data for $45?  How about 3 GB for $45?  Straight Talk Wireless is now offering just that.  As always, data is unlimited on Straight Talk as long as you don’t mind being throttled at 3 GB. Straight Talk also
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AT&T GoPhone to add more data for smartphones without a price change

Joe Paonessa - Apr 24, 2014
AT&T GoPhone Data Starting tomorrow, April 25th, AT&T is adding more data to it’s no contract prepaid GoPhone plans.   The $60 a month plan will see a bump from 2 to 2.5 GB of 4G LTE data.  The plan also includes wi-fi hotspot capability and unlimited talk.  The $40
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Republic Wireless Refer a Friend and Get Paid (Even More)

Joe Paonessa - Apr 16, 2014
Republic Wireless has reinstated their refer a friend program with even higher rewards than before.  By partnering with FriendBuy they hope to make everything easier for you with a clean interface that’s entirely managed from within your “my account.”  For a limited time they will run a $20/$20 program, meaning
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T-mobile Eliminates Overages

Joe Paonessa - Apr 14, 2014
Tired of overages?  So was T-mobile, so starting in May, they won’t have them anymore! In a move to simplify things and to stop trying to scare the customer into paying for a more costly plan than they need, T-mobile has opted to say adieu to those nasty overages.  Overages
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Verizon Now Offering BYOD Subscribers a Discount on “More Everything” Plans

Joe Paonessa - Apr 14, 2014
Verizon Wireless More Everything Rates The price war that T-Mobile seems to have ignited is heating up some more.  Verizon has announced that those who bring their own devices to the Verizon network will receive the same discount it’s post paid subscribers get on the more everything plan.  The more
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Sprint Offers it’s Own New Prepaid Service

Joe Paonessa - Mar 15, 2014
In an attempt to cannibalize itself, Sprint has decided to launch it’s own prepaid service.  Since Sprint already offers it’s own prepaid services under the brand names Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile this move seems a bit puzzling.  I would hope that under the actual prepaid name Sprint, roaming would
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ATT and T-mobile Offering More For Less

Joe Paonessa - Mar 12, 2014
It seems the pricing wars continue to heat up among the carriers.  First T-mobile announced it was offering more 4G LTE data, tethering, and unlimited international texting at no additional costs.  Anybody on a simple choice plan will have their accounts updated automatically to the new service plans.  Highlights include
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Best MVNO’s and Prepaid Wireless Providers Revisted

Joe Paonessa - Feb 27, 2014
     Earlier I suggested that NET10 was the best ATT MVNO and one of the best MVNO’s period in terms of pricing and features provided.  I had used the service myself for 6 months and can say, not surprisingly, LTE and H+ coverage were excellent.     One thing not
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ATT owned AIO Wireless Lowers Rates

Joe Paonessa - Feb 8, 2014
Recently, to go along with price cuts by ATT to their family share plans, prepaid MVNO provider AIO decided to also get in on the fun.  Their basic plan now includes 2x the data as previously alloted, 500MB of LTE for $40.  It’s worth noting, that for $5 more one
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Ting Wireless Price Cuts

Joe Paonessa - Feb 8, 2014
Sprint MVNO Ting, has celebrated two years in the business by lowering rates on a variety of plans.  Some have changed by as much as $13, for instance the 2GB data bucket has dropped from $42 to $29!  They have also increased the amount of minutes included on some of
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