Cheap and reliable cell phone and plan
Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:41 PM
I'm thinking of getting those $10 Samsung phones advertised in this week's Best Buy and Staples ads, but the plans they're connected to seem to turn me off. I could lean toward the $15 cards, but I'm not sure how many minutes that gives, as the ATT site omits it from their "GoPhone plans." If I go this route the phone and plan can cost me $35ish at first, with $25 every month after that.
Other plans want $40, either for a phone, plan or both.. What should I do?
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:02 PM
While it is most likely considered an "entry" smart phone I got the HTC One V for $49.99 (MSRP is $149.99). IMHO I'm not sure I'd need much more power; it streams netflix, HBO Go, ESPN, etc. Basically it does all the things my android HP TouchPad does (albeit a smaller screen).
Their basic prepaid plan through Virgin Mobile is $35 for 300 minutes but it also includes unlimited texting and data. While like you I don't make many calls I also have a VoIP phone at home that has unlimited local and long distance calling.
If you don't text or have a smart phone another good choice is PayLo which is also through Virgin Mobile.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:07 PM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:48 PM
It says that you need a phone bought from Walmart, but you really just need an unlocked phone & a T-Mobile Sim:
Edit: If you're looking for just voice, Tracfones are are the best way to go. They don't have Android and seem a little out-dated, but they're reliable and the service has great coverage.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:49 PM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:59 PM
Not fancy but $100 for a year - phone plus 1400 minutes (came with 1400 minutes which I will not use in the year and will roll over if I stay with Tracfone)
Bought it at hsn and they have the same deal (3rd in the top row)
hsn is great as you actually have a return window if you are not satisfied (unheard of with prepaid cell phones)
Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:04 PM
Suppose I want 100min for 10.00, would I go the ATT route? Or should I just do Boostmobile or something?
The Virgin Mobile one really looks interesting. $35ish for phone and monthly plan. I'm not sure if I will use all 400 minutes. I would like to text sometimes, and I wish they would deduct it from the minutes instead.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:20 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:38 PM
Tracphones are pretty cheap at $8 this week. But I'm gawking at the plans. $20 for 60 minutes?! Sure it lasts 3 months, but jeez.
Make sure you get a "triple minutes for life" phone. That will up it to 60min/month if you buy 60 min cards. Also, there are always codes for bonus minutes (usually ~20 bonus mins per 60min card redeemed) available here:
That takes you up to 67min/month with rollover from months you don't talk much....for only $7/month.
Still not enough?
Oh, and get a phone with a QWERTY kb so you can text easily (at only .3min/msg)