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Help with Pay As You Go phone selection

by straca / March 22, 2007 12:34 AM PDT

I would like to get rid of my landline and replace it with one of those pay as you go cell phones. I pay about $30/month for my phone and rarely use it. I have never had cell phone before. I know, don't ask.

I want a phone for calling, only. I do not plan to use it to view videos, text message or use it as a camera. Just phone that is durable, reliable, with good clarity. I will use locally most of the time, though I travel occasionally. I also plan to call international from time to time to cell phones when I can't use Skype (Net10 is out for this country). Ideal situation would be to get charged for actual usage even if it would include some kind of subscription/usage fee plus it needs to be less expensive than what I pay now.

I have looked at phones at all the big boxes: BB, CC, WM, RS. Many choices, different opinions on the same product. The majority agreed to avoid Tracfone. Got high recommendation on Net10, which is Tracfone subsidiary. How do you square that one? One of the forums here about Alltel (recommended in WM) is pretty scary. Some phone have daily usage fee, some phones can carry over minutes as long as you have days prepaid. For some the minutes expire after certain period. There is something to be said about too many choices and rules that favor the company and not the user. I am so confused I may keep my landline.

I appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you.

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replying to help with a pay as you go
by Txtrixie / March 26, 2007 7:12 AM PDT

Hi, I would avoid Tracfone. I had one that worked ok, then it froze after I added a $30 card to it. They wanted me to mail it back at my expense then ship me a new one if that one couldn't be fixed. That was in 2003, I never did get it back.
I have been with Virgin mobile since Feb. 2004 and have been happy with them until my daughter bought the Oyster last October,the battery life on the Oyster isn't very long. I have a K-9, which is fair.
But, for the most part I only spend $20-$40 a month on a top-up card. If you don't use it much the left over amount does roll over.
It sounds like you would only have to buy a new card once every 3 months, which will save you money.

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Leaning toward T-Mobile, but ...
by straca / March 27, 2007 1:16 AM PDT

.. they do not have service here in NC, though the map shows roaming area. Do not know how that will work. The other choice in Net10, but it is a Tracfone company and not as bad as the parent from what I have been able to find (CS was the biggest complain, since it is the same as Tracfone).

T-Mobile scores well in surveys, most of the time second to Virgin
http://www.consumersearch.com/www/electronics/prepaid-wireless/review.html

If I will not be able to get TM here, Virgin seems to be the way to go, though it is more expensive than TM or Net10.

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T-Mobile is out for now
by straca / March 30, 2007 3:40 AM PDT

I can use TM here, but since they do not have network where I live (NC; yes this state officially sucks not to mention taxes anything that is not nailed down, except the coffin nails; go figure) I would have out of state number so any call that I would receive would be long distance even if the person calling me would be in the next room.

Looks like Net10 will be it. I am still searching for info on AMP?D. They seem to offer pay-as-you-go plans, by from the look of it (and what I could find) they are not true no contract plans like Net10 or Virgin. It looks like I will have to commit to 18-month contract or pay cancellation fee. Again their website is not that clear.

Anybody out their has nay experience with amp?d? Thanks.

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