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redsfandan
02-20-2009, 10:22 PM
I need a new one and I don't need much. In fact the cheaper the better whether it's a prepaid plan or not. No net access. No camera. Just minutes for local/long distance plus some texts. Thanks in advance for any help.

Reds4Life
02-20-2009, 10:26 PM
How often do you use it?

About the cheapest plans for post-paid are going to be in the $40 a month range.

redsfandan
02-20-2009, 10:43 PM
How often do you use it?
Not often. That's why the most basic is all I want for now.


About the cheapest plans for post-paid are going to be in the $40 a month range.
Method of payment doesn't matter. I can pay in advance. Just hope to find something at least a little cheaper.

AmarilloRed
02-21-2009, 12:58 AM
I went for the Net10 prepaid cell phone deluxe package from my local Wal-Mart. The whole thing is $60, and that includes a battery charge for $30. It's good for 2 months, which is about $15 a month. You need to keep paying for the batteries every 2 months, but it really is the most basic cell phone out there. Not sure if it includes texting, though. I only use mine for phone calls.

Reds4Life
02-21-2009, 12:16 PM
Check out T-Mobile to go. If you are looking for under $40 a month, you'll probably have to go with a pre-paid plan. Most of those plans do not include texts.

redsfandan
02-21-2009, 12:18 PM
That's two options I'll have to check out. Thanks.

Reds4Life
02-21-2009, 01:26 PM
I see Cincinnati Bell has a plan for $29.99 a month that you get 200 minutes per month, could look into that to. I use thier service, and haven't had an problems. You don't have to sign a contact, but the phone selection isn't up to par with AT&T or Verizon.

redsfandan
02-21-2009, 01:29 PM
Well I'll be looking for a cheap phone too so that's another thing I'll have to consider.

Reds4Life
02-21-2009, 01:40 PM
Well I'll be looking for a cheap phone too so that's another thing I'll have to consider.

Cincinnati Bell usually has a couple phones for free if you sign up for a plan.

Here is the link, looks like they are doing a special right now where most of the phones are free wth a mail in rebate.

http://www.cincinnatibell.com/consumer/wireless/phones_and_devices/

redsfandan
02-21-2009, 01:41 PM
Thanks Reds4Life, I appreciate the help.

SunDeck
02-22-2009, 02:13 PM
I have an account with Consumer Cellular. They own excess AT&T capacity so the coverage for them is very good. It's a monthly account- I got a free phone and something like 100 minutes a month, which I never use.

My wife uses Tracfone and we have found the coverage on my plan to be better. I've used my phone in the southeast, throughout the midwest and on the west coast.

Heath
02-22-2009, 02:18 PM
If you have family you can grab extra lines on a plan.

It's a mooching plan, but my wife is on with my Mom and Dad. 12.95/month on Verizon.

UKFlounder
02-22-2009, 06:41 PM
I have the $29.99 Cincy Bell plan and it's okay, but sending text messages is like $0.15 each unless you add on an option, which I think is $14.95 per month, though I don't remember that for sure since I never send texts.

They have no contract, which is nice, and should have basic phones that you're looking for, but I don't know if the texting service is what you'll want. It never hurts to check them out though

Unassisted
02-23-2009, 11:53 AM
Virgin Mobile. Voice is 20c/minute with a $5/monthly minimum if you let them bill your credit card. That means if you average 25 minutes or less a month, you can get wireless voice service for as cheap as $5/month.

You can get 200 texts/month for $5 or 1000/month for $10.

redsfandan
02-23-2009, 05:15 PM
Virgin Mobile. ...

Well, I would consider them but that's who I used to have and, imo, they have some pretty bad customer service. Unfortunately, that's a big pet peeve of mine. Thanks tho. I really do appreciate all the help. :)

Unassisted
02-24-2009, 01:23 PM
Well, I would consider them but that's who I used to have and, imo, they have some pretty bad customer service. Unfortunately, that's a big pet peeve of mine. Thanks tho. I really do appreciate all the help. :)

The secret to VM customer service is to only call them during weekday business hours. That way your call gets routed to a US call center. If you call on a Sunday evening, the call goes to an offshore call center where it is handled by a drone reading a script off of a screen. I've even spoken to their TECHNICAL support people for a technical issue (who also only work on weekdays in daylight hours) and found them to be really sharp.

kaldaniels
06-05-2011, 05:11 PM
Quick question...

If you get one of these smart phones that doubles as a hotspot (Iphone/Droid). Is it fast enough to run your home internet (I play PS3 and stream netflix to TV) thru it? I'm just wondering if I go all out on a cell phone plan if I could drop home internet.

Thanks guys.