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what prepaid cell phone is the best deal

by jutman1776 / August 14, 2007 7:32 AM PDT

what prepaid cell phone is the best deal?

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Re: best deal
by Kees Bakker / August 14, 2007 7:42 AM PDT

To start with, there are two competing technologies CDMA (Sprint and Verizon, assuming you live in the USA) and GSM (Cingular and T-mobile). That might be a factor for you.

Then it depends what you want to do with the phone. A phone with a mp3-player and a camera might be a good deal, but if you only want it to phone, you pay way too much, so it's a bad deal for you.

Then it's not only the phone that counts, but the tariff (costs per minute, costs per SMS) even more, seen over the whole life (3 years, 6 years?) of the phone. A cheap phone with a carrier that has higher costs per minute may be a worse deal than the other way around.
A cheap subscription rate plan might be even be the best.

Then there are promotions and rebates that vary from state to state and from week to week.

And there's the difference between locked phones and unlocked ones (GSM only), but I don't think it matters much with prepaid.

The only conclusion: there's no single best deal for everybody. It's even doubtful if there's ONE clear best deal for you.

Kees

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yep
by jutman1776 / August 14, 2007 8:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: best deal

do u have any suggesstions

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best prepaid carrier(GSM)
by steelbottle / August 16, 2007 12:48 AM PDT
In reply to: yep

From my experience with AT&T and T-Mobile only, AT&T has better coverage, but T-Mobile has better plan/rates, & phones. So depending on where you'll use your phone most of the time, if T-Mobile has good coverage in those areas, I'd go for T-Mobile. If you're not satisfied, you can always switch to AT&T at a minimal loss(no contracts).

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