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Old 05-06-2009, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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The prepaid cell phone market has finally hit the U.S. in a big way as economically strapped consumers flock to inexpensive pay-as-you-go services. The result will likely mean that big cell phone providers may be forced to slash prices on contract service plans to keep consumers from defecting.

Prepaid wireless service could spur price war - CNN.com
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:43 PM
 
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Its been here for a long time and really has had little impact. All the main companies have had them but the catch poften is the phone is either skyhigh or it a cheap phone plus the usage charges.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Not if you choose wisely. With Pageplus, I got a decent phone plus two free older models for $100. I pay less than $100 per year on airtime at about ten cents a minute. Prepaids work great for folks who aren't motormouths.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:06 AM
 
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But that still doesn't mean as the OP states that it will appeal to the average user who wants or has need for service;so as to start a war between mobile services. That afterall was the OP statement.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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I think the real action will take place when the contract phone carriers realize that their customers are leaving them by the droves. But many people, myself included, have now tasted the freedom of low per minute rates without the bill hassles. Ever since I switched to NET10 I have better coverage, more flexibility with budgeting and I pay WAY less. I don't think I will ever settle for a contract again.
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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I have a prepaid plan, but then I rarely use my phone. I spend $25 every 3 months, and when it's time to refill, I typically have $18 to $22 of airtime left to carry over. It's expensive per minute (.25), but much cheaper for me to use this plan vs a contract. If you're a heavy user, stick with the contract.
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I've had a tracfone for a couple of years and it has worked out well for me. I use it about 10 minutes per week and send a few texts. I look for bonus codes to get free minutes when I add minutes cards. It costs me around $7/month to keep the phone going.
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