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Cell Plan with no Expiration Date

by Copperterrace / January 26, 2013 6:56 PM PST

I am looking for a cell phone plan whereby I can purchase a basic cell phone, add a block of minutes to it, and not have the plan expire, or have to keep putting minutes on the phone. I would like the minutes to just continue to be available as long as I have the phone.
The phone would be used as a back-up phone in emergency situations only should my primary phone be out of commission.
If this doesn't exist in the cell phone world, what is the best inexpensive option.
I have seen this question all over the Internet, however; there has been no viable response to the question.
Hoping to find it here.

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Re: phone
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 26, 2013 7:06 PM PST

That's not a technical question. It's a commercial decision of the provider what to offer. Just check all providers that sell prepaid sims (or prepaid phones) where you live and choose the one that fits you best.
Since the packages vary both between countries and in time, there's no universal answer. That's why you can't find it.

For example, here (in the Netherlands) I'v seen prepaid packages of 10 euro which keep valid forever, provided you use it at least once in 4 months, even if that is a free call to 1244 to check the balance.

Moreover, it makes sense to have a sim-card that uses a different network than your regular provider. That way, your back-up phone works also when your regular phone doesn't work because of network issues.

Kees

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Unexpired Cell Phone Plan
by Copperterrace / January 27, 2013 9:52 PM PST
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Kees_B:
I appreciate the response. The part of your response that hit the mark is below:

For example, here (in the Netherlands) I'v seen prepaid packages of 10 euro which keep valid forever, provided you use it at least once in 4 months, even if that is a free call to 1244 to check the balance.

I would like to find the carrier, be it Straight Talk, Tracfone, Cricket, etc. where I can purchase a package and keep it forever. Using it every few months is fine, I just don't want to be required to purchase (or "top off" as they say) every few months.

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Same answer but for USA.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2013 1:44 AM PST

Here the closest I get is a tracfone and even then I have a yearly topup to keep it going. For a monthly amount it's the cheapest I found out there.
Bob

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Finding the best plan price-wise for you isn't enough
by Pepe7 / January 27, 2013 6:47 AM PST

Most important is finding the pre-paid carrier that offers the service you need where you reside/live/travel. If you gave us a zip code, we could give you a rough idea of which ones might be a decent choice for your requirements. Coverage is king, basically.

AFAIK, most of the larger carriers offer their own prepaid service which lasts up to one year. I've yet to see something that let you go without 'topping off' longer than 12 mos. anyway.

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Tracfone unexpired plan
by Copperterrace / January 27, 2013 9:53 PM PST

R. Proffitt:
Can you clarify which tracfone plan you found, and how many minutes you had to initially put on the phone, and how much does it cost to keep the phone up when you top off annually?

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Sorry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2013 2:12 AM PST

But I do not sell such products. I see they have phones and pricing at their web site but I only buy this every 2 years so the price I paid doesn't mean a thing.
Bob

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Look in the links I provided with my post below
by Pepe7 / January 28, 2013 11:06 AM PST

It's all spelled out there.

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Unexpired cell phone plan
by Copperterrace / January 27, 2013 9:57 PM PST

Pepe7:
My zip code is 32778. Tavares, Florida.
As for carriers, I am not highly concerned as to whom the carrier is, as it will only be used for local calling only.
See previous responses in the thread to obtain my other viewpoints.
I still believe there is a viable solution out there to this issue, as there are too many people, I am sure, looking for exactly what I am tring to obtain.

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Can I make one seemingly obvious point?
by Pepe7 / January 28, 2013 11:05 AM PST

All carriers (pre-paid and post-paid) do not cover the entire United States. That's what I was getting at, hence the need to verify who covers your locale. [ thanks for the zip code, btw Wink ]

And no, contrary to what you might believe, there is nobody that I know of that has any sort of 'perpetual' pre-paid plan. One reason is surely economic from the carrier's (business) standpoint. If they have any costs that rise over the year, they can pass it along to the end consumer and adjust rates as needed for their bottom line.

Entering you zip code tells me that both ATT & Verizon have your area of Central FL lit up quite well. Tracfone also offers their service there (via ATT's GSM network), so you are good to go. Info obtained here:

http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/#?type=voice

http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/#!/coverage

https://www.tracfone.com/direct/CoverageMaps

You can see all the annual prepaid offerings here:
https://www.tracfone.com/direct/Purchase?payGo=true&app=TRACFONE&lang=en

If that link doesn't work, start at the following link then click on 'Buy Airtime' > 'Buy Airtime Online' (blue ribbon on top)
http://www.tracfone.com/data_svs/price_chart.jsp

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