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Old 10-25-2014, 07:05 AM
 
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Someone should mention that the money for unused minutes in these plans can be used to buy new Virgin Mobile phones. My husband had over $200 in his pay as you go account which he used to buy me a new smart phone ( I have the $35 a month plan).
After you select your phone there is an option on the checkout page to apply your plan balance. If there isn't enough in your balance to cover the cost of the new phone you can top it up before your purchase.
So buy someone a new phone with all those left over dollars. Call Virgin Mobile for detailed information if you need.
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:42 AM
 
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Someone should mention that the money for unused minutes in these plans can be used to buy new Virgin Mobile phones. My husband had over $200 in his pay as you go account which he used to buy me a new smart phone ( I have the $35 a month plan).
After you select your phone there is an option on the checkout page to apply your plan balance. If there isn't enough in your balance to cover the cost of the new phone you can top it up before your purchase.
So buy someone a new phone with all those left over dollars. Call Virgin Mobile for detailed information if you need.
Good Point! I just got an Email from Virgin detailing how it works, not that many phone choices available for the very basic plan I have but it's really just for emergency use so fine for me.
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Old 12-13-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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Was Virgin Mobile the one where you could check your balance five times a day for free, then there was a fee after that?
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:13 PM
 
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Was Virgin Mobile the one where you could check your balance five times a day for free, then there was a fee after that?
I think so, I rarely checked as after throwing $20 at it every 3 months, my balance was never in danger of getting too low so I rarely checked. I've found it worth the $$$ just to put in the car, mainly for emergency use and useful if I need to contact someone when away from home.
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:32 AM
 
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T-Mobile prepaid only requires $10 per 90 days to maintain service. For an emergency-type phone that is rarely used, that is the lowest cost service I know of. The drawback of T-Mobile prepaid is they only have a few lower cost phones. They have a gray Samsung flip phone that I think has been out for about three years, that's $30 at Walmart.
If you don't like T-Mobile network, Page Plus Cellular will activate you on the Verizon service for $10 for 120 days which is even cheaper. You cannot activate a 4G phone, but you can get an Android Smart phone (about $30 at Walmart) that is 3G. The advantage of this setup, is that you can install Google Voice/Hangouts on the phone so you have unlimited free calls over wifi. So instead of a phone that sits in the car for emergencies, you have a phone that plays recorded music anywhere, makes wifi calls and texts, and where you can install other apps for use on wifi for news, weather, remote control operations, Google chromecast, etc.

I got a 4 ounce phone at Walmart Optimus Fuel L34C for $20 in February at Walmart with total Internal Memory‎: ‎1.79 GB and a MicroSD® Memory Slot‎: ‎4 GB included, but upgrade-able to 32 GB. Coupled with a 5.6 ounce mini speaker weighing 5.6 ounces that you can clip to your belt for music (normally $20, but onsale for $10), plus $30 a year to Page Plus, I have a passable music system, emergency cellular phone, and unlimited wifi voice calling. Now that is ultra-frugal.

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Old 12-16-2015, 10:05 PM
 
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YEP!

Because they've eliminated the plan I was using which was basically throw $20 at it every three months, 18 cents a minute and whatever you didn't use carried over. I didn't use it much, had it mainly for emergency use, and now they're keeping almost $100 of my money.
.18 cents a minute that's a rip off. att only charges .10 cents per minute for voice and text i'm not sure, or you can go up to 2.00 a day and get unlimited calling and texting for that day until 11:59 that night if you don't use the phone that much. put a 100 bucks on your acct and your golden for a year.
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