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Old 11-01-2008, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Looking at getting some sort of cell phone, I use my land line maybe 1-2 hours a month for local calls, and less than a hour every 3-6 weeks for long distance.
Trying to figure out the Tracfone, you buy a card with x minutes and if you don't use those minutes in 90 days you loose the minutes? Please correct me if this is incorrect. The other post about prepaid phones was some help, But when I look a T-mobile or Virgin their pay plans are even more confusing. I also looked at Jitter Bug, looks like a insole of a shoe with the numbers the size of a aspirin.... Don't need "BLING", Don't need "Blue Teeth" ..... just something cheaper than my land line....... simple no frills.......
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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You can switch to a message rate service for your landline where you get a certain number of outgoing calls a month, such as 50. Verizon charges $16/mo and $6 for each extra connection.
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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I've got a Trac phone...for over a year you can buy "cards" that are heavy on calender time or heavy on usage time. Note...if you spend a lot of time on the phone it's not the theper rminute cheapest way to go. In my case I use the cell phone very very little so it works out well for me...I basically have it so if i'm on the road and break down etc can get help etc.

I have the simple no frills model ..it does have texting but no camera,no ring tones etc etc etc ..i don't need or even want all that crap

it works well and I've never been without coverage..and I've traveled a lot from Maine to Florida
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:27 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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I prefer Net10, it's 10 cents a minute, but yes, like almost all the prepaid plans, you lose your service after 90 days and have to pay to re-activate...

Still, when we researched it for a phone for one of the kids (emergency only), Net 10 was the best deal. I think their cheapest phone is $30 and comes with an hour of talk time.
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:39 AM
 
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LOL at the Jitterbug - I saw the infomercial one night and about died laughing. The phone itself is one big keypad with numbers and a screen so you can see the number you are dialing. No games, no frills, no text messaging - nothing. You dial and talk, a button to send the call and a button to hang up the call and adjust the volume, that's all.

Here's the Jitterbug commercial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNdw4CfbwQg

I would say NET 10 is a good pre-paid phone too.

Last edited by pac10devils; 11-04-2008 at 01:48 AM.. Reason: had to include the Jitterbug!
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Florida
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With Tracfone you lose the minutes unless you stay active.
It's less of a hassle to buy the yearly plan ....there are always 'specials'.
I just added 600 minutes for $99 and my unused minutes will roll over.
You can often find a deal where the phone is free or very cheap when you first start.
Try to figure out your usage.If you think you'll have unused minutes to roll over, go with a longer time plan.
$100 a year works for me and has worked well from NYS to Florida.(I think it uses Verizon towers)
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Thanks...... I would guess for me 1-4 hours a week local..... and 1-2 hours long distance once a month. And that may be high......
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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one other thing you have to be careful with on tracfone is if you leave your "home" area a lot, you burn up your minutes twice as fast, because when you are roaming, you use 2 units per minute, as opposed to 1.

My wife and i found it was cheaper to get a normal plan through US Cellular (not prepaid, just a normal account) We use the free mobile-to-mobile a lot, and also the free nights and weekends.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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What happens when you move. I buy a Tracfone and my account is for XXXXX zip code and I move to YYYYY zip code. What then? Do I have to be reassigned the new zip code ?, or get a new phone? Is it easer to buy on line or at Wally World ?
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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You can have your home area transferred, for that you have to speak to customer service. I had to do that when i moved from Wisconsin to Iowa
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