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Old 04-27-2019, 01:37 PM
 
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MikeBear, I guess they aren't offering options that help us use fewer minutes.

A friend suggested they sell pre-paid phone numbers to loan companies, etc. because a lot of pre-paid users are lower-income and might need loans.

Any thoughts?
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:22 PM
 
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A friend suggested they sell pre-paid phone numbers to loan companies, etc. because a lot of pre-paid users are lower-income and might need loans.

Any thoughts?
I have no idea what you are trying to say here? I've never heard of them (Tracfone?) "selling pre-paid phone numbers to loan companies"?

What does that even mean? Why would that encourage anybody to get a loan?

They don't sell phone numbers at all. You can't buy them separate from the phones and time you pay for.
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:39 PM
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Pre-paid phones are popular with people who don't want contracts or want a burner phone. It has nothing to do with low income and need of loans, although low income people like pre-paid phones because their plans are cheaper.
Prepaid phone plans, where you pay the full price for a cellphone and then pay lower monthly rates without a contract, seem to offer what most budget-conscious people want. Prepaid phones have many options and are highly customizable. We don't know how old or simple is OP' s flip phone.
Here is an interesting article:
https://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/...d-phone-plans/
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Old 04-28-2019, 04:59 PM
 
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Thanks, MikeBear. I will relay your wise insights to my friend. I thought it was a bit of a generalization but, with all the spam calls, who knows nowadays? My understanding is that the spam calls are auto-dial at random. It would be nice to see the number when it's ringing.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:07 PM
 
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Thanks, MikeBear. I will relay your wise insights to my friend. I thought it was a bit of a generalization but, with all the spam calls, who knows nowadays? My understanding is that the spam calls are auto-dial at random. It would be nice to see the number when it's ringing.
When it's ringing, you DO see the number with Tracfone. If it's not in your phones phonebook/contact list, AND if it's the same exchange number as your phone (for instance, 941, or whatever your phone number starts with) then it's VERY likely a spam caller. They fake it the same Exchange, as they figured out more people are likely to answer those since they appear to be local. IF they also then don't leave a voice mail, it's pretty much guaranteed they are a spam caller.
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Old 04-29-2019, 03:43 PM
 
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MikeBear, that's very helpful information. Thanks for explaining. Now I know why so many of the spam calls show local numbers. I've noticed they usually don't leave a voice message if I don't answer.

They've gotten sophisticated: One time when a spammer did leave a message, it sounded very local and very much like they knew me even though they didn't use my name (I don't use my name on my outgoing message).

Listening to those messages is only a minor minutes deduction, but I still don't like to have my minutes deducted by listening to spammers.
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