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Posted: 3/2/2006 4:36:37 AM EDT
I'm looking for a good prepaid cell phone and SERVICE.
I want to keep a cell phone in my bay boat at all times. I don't need a fancy phone, hell I cant figure out how to use all the functions.

I just need a reliable service, basic phone.

I won't talk on the phone but 100 minutes a year, at best.

Recommendations?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 5:18:04 AM EDT
The cheapest prepay I've heard yet is the Virgin phones purchased online, as low as $20 for the phone and as little as $20 minimum minutes purchase every three months.
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The catch with prepays is that the coverage can be really poor, or (if it has to constantly connect through other systems) the cost per min can get really a lot higher than you expect. Search around online and study the coverage of any company you consider very carefully.

The upshot of the monthly plans is that they charge a lot more, but the service coverage tends to be a lot better.
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Link Posted: 3/2/2006 5:27:53 AM EDT
trac fon(e)
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:37:18 AM EDT
Verizon has great coverage.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:40:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HIPPO:
trac fon(e)



My friend only used prepaid and loved trac fone
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:22:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Floppy_833:
The cheapest prepay I've heard yet is the Virgin phones purchased online, as low as $20 for the phone and as little as $20 minimum minutes purchase every three months.
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The catch with prepays is that the coverage can be really poor, or (if it has to constantly connect through other systems) the cost per min can get really a lot higher than you expect. Search around online and study the coverage of any company you consider very carefully.

The upshot of the monthly plans is that they charge a lot more, but the service coverage tends to be a lot better.
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+1 and on Virgin Wireless the unused minutes keep rolling over and accumulating.

Last May (2005) when I made my usual, every three months, $20 minimum purchase the system set the next "top up" date to May of 2006. I'm still working off of the minutes that had been accumulated over the prior 12 months or so that I had the phone.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:27:33 AM EDT


I helped a friend pick his out, and NET 10 beat them all by far. TracFone didn't even come close.

$30 for 300 minutes, have to purchase every two months, minutes roll over.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:15:02 PM EDT
Thanks for the input Gentlemen!
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 11:33:16 AM EDT
My T-Mobile pre-paid has been great. My wife has Virgin Mobile which is also great but more expensive.

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