That's the rub. What's your actual zip code where you will be using the cellular service? I can't recommend something that's not available at your particular location. It's the first thing you have to worry about ahead of the pricing you require.
My home is in an absolute dead area for cell phone service. As a result my wife and I only use our phones when away from home. I currently have Sprint, but their absolute minimum family plan with no internet access or texting and twk basic phones is $59 per m,onth which becomes $77 per month by the time they add taxes and surcharges. Figuring the actual amount of paid time I use each month, this works out to about $5.00 per minute. I've been a Sprint customer for nearly 10 years, but their unwillingness or inability to offer me anything at a lower cost has me fed up with them.
I am looking at Tracfone and Consumer Cellular, but I have questions about both. First, Tracfone. This seems like the cheapest way to go, but I have questions that they seem unable to answer. First, they say that my phone must be activated for my Zip coce, or my phone might be roaming should I ever be able to make or receive calls at or near my home. Secondly, Would activation of a Tracfone phone require making or receiving a call from my home. I can get a signal within a few miles of my home, but I have no idea if it isin the same Zip code. There are three different codes within a few miles of me.
For consumer Cellular, First, they wouldn't even talk to me about service until I gave them the Zip code for a rental house I own in another zip code area.Secondly, their activation charge of $35 per phone is higher than I can afford right now. By the time I add in the cost of two decent phones, I'm paying well over $100 just to get started. This is prohibitive as my wife and I are on a "less than fixed income.
Can you recommend a servier where I could get two phones, splitting 150 minuts or less per month, and with free or low cost activation? I need something which would run me $50 or less total per month, including any fees and taxes. I would like some internet access and limited texting ability, but I can live with a reasonable pay for use cost for that as I would rarely use those features.. I also don't mind if I have no signal at my home, because no one has any. If someone should put a tower near me, I wouldn't mindd paying a bit more, but I want to get what I pay for.