cheap but good phone service?

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    May 09, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    I am old-school, and think that $60/month is too much to pay, especially for a non-smart phone. That is for 900 minutes and no text or data.

    I don't need/want text or data, internetz, music, videos, etc.
    I just want a phone that lets me talk and take photos.

    Can someone suggest a good cell company with a goood plan?

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    May 09, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    I've been clear across the US with Straight Talk from wally world with no problems.
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    May 09, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    I use T-Mobile and prepay. since I do not use the phone very much and, like you, do not want all the "stuff," it works out well. My phone bill is maybe $5-10 per month in a busy month.
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    May 09, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Check out tracfone;

    for $99.00/yr, you'll get 400 (or double, possibly triple this amount depending on the phone) minutes for the year. So if you're super cheap and do not use your cell phone all that much, I think this is the way to go.

    they also have pre-pay plans.their lowest rate is $9.99/mth for 50 minutes.

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    May 10, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    The prepaid market is flooded with competitors. It's a consumer's market right now. The prepaid plans are even cheaper than the the postpaid plans from the same company! icon_lol.gif

    Example: ATT.

    Postpaid.
    $39.99 - 450 minutes - 5000 minutes nights/weekends - unlimited mobile to mobile - texting extra - data extra

    With "taxes" and "fees", you're gonna pay close to $50 a month.

    Prepaid.
    $50.00 - unlimited anytime minutes - unlimited text - unlimited non smartphone data access

    You pay a flat fee. No extra fees or taxes.

    Tracfone, Virgin Mobile, Straight Talk, Metro PCS.. they all offer cheap plans too. Shop around!
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    May 12, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    yo_mamali saidCheck out tracfone;

    for $99.00/yr, you'll get 400 (or double, possibly triple this amount depending on the phone) minutes for the year. So if you're super cheap and do not use your cell phone all that much, I think this is the way to go.

    they also have pre-pay plans.their lowest rate is $9.99/mth for 50 minutes.



    What he said. My Tracfone cost $9.99. 1000 minutes- bought 400 which doubled and used the 200 minutes free coupon include with the phone- cost $99.99 and are good for 1 year. Mine won't take photos, but they do have models that will. And they work everywhere.

    http://www.tracfone.com/?lang=en
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    May 13, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    In the "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" category:


    https://www.safelinkwireless.com/Safelink/
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    May 13, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    A lot of those flat rate, prepaid companies get a big chunk of their money up front with much smaller or no discounts on purchasing a phone from the company. What might be a free or $49 phone at Sprint or Verizon when you agree to a two year contract, might be a $199 phone or more at a prepaid company.
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    May 13, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    http://www.virginmobileusa.com/

    My service on my smartphone is only $25 (that plan is now $35). You get unlimited data and text messaging, 300 minutes. No contract. $45 for same plan but 1200 minutes. $55 for unlimited minutes.

    I used a tracphone as others have mentioned in college. Those are good if you don't care about having a smartphone.
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    May 13, 2012 4:32 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidA lot of those flat rate, prepaid companies get a big chunk of their money up front with much smaller or no discounts on purchasing a phone from the company. What might be a free or $49 phone at Sprint or Verizon when you agree to a two year contract, might be a $199 phone or more at a prepaid company.


    I just looked at my cellco's website (US Cellular), and my Galaxy S2 jumps from $150 to $400 with prepaid.
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    May 13, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    I had some location trouble with Straight Talk, so now I use Boost Mobile and I'm very happy with the service. Unlimited talk, text, web for a reasonable price. No contract.