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Old 08-05-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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I have Sprint right now. I have the unlimited minutes/data/text plan for $99.99/month. My contract is up in September.

Boost Mobile is offering a plan for $50/month for unlimited minutes with an extra $10/month for text. I think I may opt for that.
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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What you can use depends on where you are, not what the coverage maps say. i started out with Verizon because the person I talked to most also had a Verizon cell, then when I moved from the west coast to the midwest, I upgraded to the anywhere anytime thing - I have friends and family from Alaska to the east coast, and my cell is my prinary phone - no telemarketers! But it turned out that I couldn't get a signal where I moved to, so I eventually switched to ATT, and kept my number. Verizon had fits, said I didn't give them a chance to fix the problem. Unfortunately, they were among the numbers I couldn't get a signal to call. Cheap is fine, reliability is better. Now I have the lowest number of minutes plan, with texting, but no internet connection. Works for me.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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I have had a cell phone for years, but now that I'm retired I don't need it much other then occasional convenience or when traveling. So I started looking for ways to cut my costs. AT&T Wireless has a GoPhone plan that allows you to buy cell phone time as you need it. If you only need it for emergencies or travel or use it very little each month this can be an excellent plan.

You can prepay $100 for 400 minutes that you can use anytime for the next year. This beats the heck out of the monthly plan my wife and I had where we were paying around $79/month for 2 phones and used them very little.
Good for you! I'm amazed at how many people will keep a monthly plan when they're not under contract and don't use nearly enough minutes to justify the cost. There's still a big stigma that if you're using pre-paid, you must have credit problems. I'll admit that i'm not crazy about the fact that some pay-as-you-go providers are readily identifiable as such, because they emblazon the phones with their name(Virgin Mobile/TracFone/Boost), but there are still plenty of choices available(T-Mobile/AT&T/Verizon) that offer contract and pre-paid and their phones don't "advertise" to people that it's prepaid.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:46 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Has anyone used Consumer Cellular - the one that is advertised in the AARP magazine?
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:01 PM
 
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Boost Mobile: Unlimited calls, text messaging, web and walkie-talkie. $50 bucks a month.
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Old 08-07-2009, 04:08 PM
 
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I have Jitterbug- ten bucks a month to stay activated, 35 cents a minute for use. (I also keep a land line).
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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I bought a Prepaid T-Mobile phone 3 months ago for only $20. It's all good, except I keep getting called by Creditors/Bill Collectors looking for some girl named "Natalia Ivanova"....

My guess is T-Mobile recycles old numbers for Prepaid accounts, to waste your minutes...

These guys call me atleast twice a day, and leave messages everyday...
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I bought a Prepaid T-Mobile phone 3 months ago for only $20. It's all good, except I keep getting called by Creditors/Bill Collectors looking for some girl named "Natalia Ivanova"....

My guess is T-Mobile recycles old numbers for Prepaid accounts, to waste your minutes...

These guys call me atleast twice a day, and leave messages everyday...
Can't you just tell them you got her old number?
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:38 PM
 
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Boost Mobile: Unlimited calls, text messaging, web and walkie-talkie. $50 bucks a month.
And no contract!
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:14 AM
 
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Boost Mobile: Unlimited calls, text messaging, web and walkie-talkie. $50 bucks a month.
That is what I am getting. I had an Alltel plan in Florida. In June I got Cricket and last weekend I drove from Oklahoma City to Texas to visit my daughter with my two younger girls and the moment my mini van exited the OKC metro are my service ceased to exist.I had absalutly no coverage and we got LOST. When I called Cricket to inquire as to why this happened I was told that I needed to purchase roaming minutes. THAT was when I realized that Cricket is NOT the good deal that they seem to be when you sign up.
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