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Old 07-19-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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My plan is not as low cost as yours but I was fortunate to get on the Sprint SERO plan when it was available.

Here's what I get:
500 anytime minutes/month
Unlimited night and weekends; nights start at 7pm
Unlimited texting and data

Was advertised at $30/mo; after tax/fees it's $33.49.

The plan is no longer offered but I'm grandfathered into it so it should keep going until I cancel, although I never plan to
Verizon.

Two phones with 2,000 anytime minutes, unlimited night and weekends that I think starts at 8:00.

Everyone in the family, spread over the country, uses Verizon so we can call each other free anytime we want. I also use it for business and that is where most of the 1,000 minutes a month we do use goes.

$80 per month/$40 per phone.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Verizon.

Two phones with 2,000 anytime minutes, unlimited night and weekends that I think starts at 8:00.

Everyone in the family, spread over the country, uses Verizon so we can call each other free anytime we want. I also use it for business and that is where most of the 1,000 minutes a month we do use goes.

$80 per month/$40 per phone.
That is not free, it is costing you $960 per year!
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Southwestern Connecticut
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That is not free, it is costing you $960 per year!
And no data or texting on top. Might not be a big deal but I find data useful for when I get lost and need to find directions on my phone or look at a map. Helps prevent me from driving around aimlessly and saves gas. I also take trips across the NYS thruway in winter and I often check local radar to spot any snow squalls headed my way. I suppose in the midwest it could be useful for avoid tornado producing storms. I'm exploring using remote desktop from my phone as well.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Great suggestion! Thanks, I'm going to look into this.
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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Anybody use Tracfone? I'm thinking about buying one and getting the 1 year service plan for $100 (includes 400 minutes). I hardly ever use my current cell phone. I have a Verizon plan and I think the Tracfone would be much cheaper for me since I don't use it much. How is the coverage in most places? Just wondering in case I have to take it on a trip somewhere and need to use it.
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Old 08-01-2009, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Ooh, I forgot about this thread. This is another change I made. I got rid of my monthly plan with AT&T and bought a prepaid plan with Virgin Mobile for $.20 a minute. They had other options, but when I really looked at my bills, I realized I barely ever use my phone. So, I doubt I'll even spend $10 a month on my new bill. Which saves me $40, since I was paying $50 a month for my AT&T phone that I barely used.

No, I don't know anything about Tracfone, sorry. I'm excited about this new Virgin mobile plan, though.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I bought a Boost Mobile phone because the rates were cheap (10c/min) and at the time I got free incoming text messages. I also had free (but slow) data service so I could check my GMail account.

Also, I moved someone from ATT to TMobile prepaid, where she gets 1000 minutes for $100 that don't expire for a year. Each subsequent year only costs $10 to keep the minutes from expiring. We were able to call ATT to unlock her phone, and just put in the TMobile SIM, and save ~$40/month immediately.
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Anybody use Tracfone? I'm thinking about buying one and getting the 1 year service plan for $100 (includes 400 minutes). I hardly ever use my current cell phone. I have a Verizon plan and I think the Tracfone would be much cheaper for me since I don't use it much. How is the coverage in most places? Just wondering in case I have to take it on a trip somewhere and need to use it.
Yes, I have a Tracfone and I have traveled a good deal with it. It has worked well on every one of my trips and I've had absolutely no issues with it and I have never used all of the minutes. This is really amazing because I got this phone for free after its rebate three years ago. Here's a helpful hint, if you buy a Tracfone with a free doubler card included you can get 800 minutes a year for $100 instead of 400 minutes. I just got a new camera flip phone with the doubler for $19.99 at the Wmart. My old phone is going off to college with my son. I hope this helps you.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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Sunnydee - Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Here is the TracPhone service coverage map, it looks pretty good. TracFone Nationwide Prepaid Wireless - Expanded View Of Your Calling Area

Here is the AT&T coverage map for comparison http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/

The Virgin Mobile coverage map, looks a lot more sparse http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cover...areCoverage.do

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