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Windows 7: What prepaid phone is best for me?

12 Apr 2016   #1
iknowjohnny

windows 7 professional
 
 
What prepaid phone is best for me?

I barely know anything about these other than you buy minutes and they expire at a given interval so you need to buy more. My situation is that i have no cell phone and never wanted or needed one. But i just switched at home from a ATT landline to Ooma VOIP, so now i am dependent on my internet connection for phone service. The only issue is the fear that if internet goes down i have no way to call my ISP to get service fixed since if service is down so is my phone. So i want a prepaid phone solely for emergencies where internet is down and i need to call my ISP and get it rectified, nothing else. Therefore i will likely use it only on rare occasion. In fact, maybe never since my internet has been 100% reliable. So it will sit at home charging 24/7 and likely not get used. Therefore i want the simplest cheapest solution. Something preferably where the phone itself is cheap, the service requires no taxes and fees if possible, and the longest possible interval from purchase to timing out of minutes. Ideally a phone thats under $40 and don't have to spend more than maybe $50 a year on minutes unless i use them.
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16 Apr 2016   #2
indianacarnie

 

Try TracFone. I use it myself as my only phone. The minutes never really "expire", especially after you've loaded it a few times. I spend $100 or less a year on mine. The phone itself cost me $10 (on sale admittedly). I don't shill for many products but I'm a real TracFone fan.
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16 Apr 2016   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I switched from Virgin Mobile to a Verizon Pay As You Go phone (phone only, no data) late last year to get the better coverage of the Verizon network (Virgin uses the inferior Sprint network). I paid $12 for a Gusto 3 flip phone (I love flip phones; no butt dialing or broken screens). Since I rarely use a cell phone (I carry it primarily for emergencies), I have the plan that costs $1.99 for unlimited use nationwide for each day I use the phone (if I don't use it on a given day, there is no charge; otherwise I can yap all day long for the same price as one minute). I have automatic withdrawal set up to take $5 ($5.45 with the added fees) out of one of my debit accounts every month. Any unused balance in a month rolls over and accumulates until I use it. Verizon will also take an additional $5 out of my account if my balance drops below $5.
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22 Apr 2016   #4
iknowjohnny

windows 7 professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Try TracFone. I use it myself as my only phone. The minutes never really "expire", especially after you've loaded it a few times. I spend $100 or less a year on mine. The phone itself cost me $10 (on sale admittedly). I don't shill for many products but I'm a real TracFone fan.
Thanks. Thats pretty much what i want but the cost is more than i hoped because it's a phone i will almost surely never use. It would be for times when my internet goes down because i use a VOIP and wouldn't be able to call ATT to tell them i have no internet. I don't want to have to buy minutes every 90 days either, but minimum for a year card is $100. Maybe not seem like much but like i said it's only for emergency use. My ATT internet has never gone down so chances are i will maybe need a few minutes once every few years if that. By then i will have paid several 100 bucks for a few minutes on the phone. So i need a cheaper solution.
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22 Apr 2016   #5
C-11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Try TracFone. I use it myself as my only phone. The minutes never really "expire", especially after you've loaded it a few times. I spend $100 or less a year on mine. The phone itself cost me $10 (on sale admittedly). I don't shill for many products but I'm a real TracFone fan.
I'm a TracFone fan too.

I buy one these Alcatel Big Easy Plus with 800 Minutes and One Year of Service Tracfone| eBay once a year.

A year of service and all the minutes I need.

When the minutes or days are about to run out I buy a new one and transfer the number.
If there are any leftover days and minutes, they transfer automatically.

I pay $30 a year!
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22 Apr 2016   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iknowjohnny View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Try TracFone. I use it myself as my only phone. The minutes never really "expire", especially after you've loaded it a few times. I spend $100 or less a year on mine. The phone itself cost me $10 (on sale admittedly). I don't shill for many products but I'm a real TracFone fan.
Thanks. Thats pretty much what i want but the cost is more than i hoped because it's a phone i will almost surely never use. It would be for times when my internet goes down because i use a VOIP and wouldn't be able to call ATT to tell them i have no internet. I don't want to have to buy minutes every 90 days either, but minimum for a year card is $100. Maybe not seem like much but like i said it's only for emergency use. My ATT internet has never gone down so chances are i will maybe need a few minutes once every few years if that. By then i will have paid several 100 bucks for a few minutes on the phone. So i need a cheaper solution.
Go back and read what I said about Verizion's Pay As You Go plans. All I use my phone for is emergencies and it is costing me only $5.45 per month. You can set it up for automatic withdrawal from a credit or debit account so you won't have to horse around with refills. The phone itself is only around $12 at Wally World (Walmart).
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22 Apr 2016   #7
iknowjohnny

windows 7 professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by C-11 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Try TracFone. I use it myself as my only phone. The minutes never really "expire", especially after you've loaded it a few times. I spend $100 or less a year on mine. The phone itself cost me $10 (on sale admittedly). I don't shill for many products but I'm a real TracFone fan.
I'm a TracFone fan too.

I buy one these Alcatel Big Easy Plus with 800 Minutes and One Year of Service Tracfone| eBay once a year.

A year of service and all the minutes I need.

When the minutes or days are about to run out I buy a new one and transfer the number.
If there are any leftover days and minutes, they transfer automatically.

I pay $30 a year!
Wow, now that sounds more like it ! But when the year is up do you actually buy another phone or just a 800m/1y card? And it says internet access ? You actually can be online with it? How does that work with the minutes? Does it use them up at the same rate as when used as a phone, IE: 800 minutes online?
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24 Apr 2016   #8
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

My father payed 200 for a LG G2 and it gives you triple minutes when you reload and around 3GB of data and since his is GSM and works off ATT towers he pretty much pays around 40 a year for service. He does not use much data so it is always there for him and since the phone is android he can use it on wifi for pretty much anything when not using it for calls. EDIT: Sorry this is on Tracfone as well.
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24 Apr 2016   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Not sure about the US but here in the UK you can get sim cards for use in security systems, (alarms that call an emergency centre or the house owner, when tripped), that never run out of credit until it is actually used for making calls,

You would need to buy a cheap phone from somewhere, (Craig's List, eBay) but it may meet your needs better than any involvement with the big providers
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24 Apr 2016   #10
iknowjohnny

windows 7 professional
 
 

This was just too good to pass up so i bought one. One question though...you said you just buy a new one after a year. Is it cheaper to do that than to just buy more minutes for the phone u already have?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by C-11 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Try TracFone. I use it myself as my only phone. The minutes never really "expire", especially after you've loaded it a few times. I spend $100 or less a year on mine. The phone itself cost me $10 (on sale admittedly). I don't shill for many products but I'm a real TracFone fan.
I'm a TracFone fan too.

I buy one these Alcatel Big Easy Plus with 800 Minutes and One Year of Service Tracfone| eBay once a year.

A year of service and all the minutes I need.

When the minutes or days are about to run out I buy a new one and transfer the number.
If there are any leftover days and minutes, they transfer automatically.

I pay $30 a year!
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