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paying separately for each call

by user470 / November 5, 2010 8:45 PM PDT

I only need to make about three or four cell phone calls a year. I like to carry a cell phone when I am driving on the Interstate highway (for security purposes or mechanical failure with my car). Does anyone know of a cell phone that I could purchase whereby I would only pay for each call I made? In other words I would only pay for three or four separate calls a year? Thank you very much. user470

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The pay as you go fones.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2010 1:36 AM PDT

I put a tracfone in the car and it's the cheapest solution I know of.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2010 1:41 AM PDT

You can go with monthly, 3 month cards but for me I got the one year and a coupon code that doubled it. I think the 2 year deal came to 150 bucks or so. That's well under 10 bucks a month.

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 6, 2010 1:38 AM PDT

Prepaid is your best option, but you would have to renew your prepaid balance every couple of months to keep it active (typically $20 every 90 days), unless you pay $100 for an initial refill (with most carriers) which would last 12 months. However, even de-activated phones can still dial 911 for emergencies without an active plan. Unfortunately, you are in the minority of the average cellular user and I don't think you will find too many other options.

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