Quote: Originally Posted by iknowjohnny
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?
I assume he means he buys a new phone rather than more minutes for an existing phone.
Let us know how this works out for you or if there are any "gotchas". I had heard that the cheapest Tracfone setup was going to be about 7 a month, plus a 10 dollar phone.
Maybe not, but I'd be interested in the details of this plan.
If it is as advertised. Let us know.
Edit: hear is a thread about that deal from a phone forum. I haven't read it:
Tracfone Alcatel A383G Big Easy Plus for sale on tracfone.com $30
Page Plus is another possibility. The phone service is $10 every 120 days ($30 per year), but you can't use "any old phone". It has to be a certain type of "3G" phone and uses the Verizon network. It has to be a "post paid" phone rather than "prepaid".
This phone is said to be "postpaid" and usable with Page Plus:
New Samsung Gusto 3 Basic CDMA Flip Verizon Postpaid Clean ESN Meid Page Plus 887276689784 | eBay
So--about $40 for the phone plus $30 a year.
You can buy a Gusto 3 off the rack at Walmart for $13, but it won't be a "post paid" model immediately usable on Page Plus.
Beware of "activation fees", which can be as high as $35.
ATT has a "GoPhone" plan for very occasional use. You buy any phone that can access the ATT network and then pay $2 a day plus a quarter a minute for each day you ACTUALLY USE the phone. IF you make one call a month for 1 minute, that should be $2.25.
Verizon and ATT have pretty similar coverages, but they say Verizon can be a bit better if you are traveling out into rural areas.
I've got a Tracfone LG441G phone. 10 bucks at Walmart. I'm using Tracfone pay as you go refiller cards, also from Walmart. They cost 20 bucks every 3 months for 120 minutes. Works fine, but the deal you got sounds better.
I've also got a VOIP phone setup like you, but I use an Obi device instead of Ooma. Obi works very well. $40 or so for the device, a one time fee. I then pay about 3.45 a month for service through Callcentric. But it won't work if the Internet is down, just like your case, so I got a Tracfone as backup.