On Wed, 17 Jun 2015 02:59:23 +0000 (UTC), danny burstein
That's good to know. I used to keep an old cell phone and its charger
in the trunk of the car, for emergencies, but I think I took it out. If
I haven't had an emergency in 50 years I probably won't. I've only been
towed 4 times and each time I was in the middle of civilization. (Of
course I should replace the timing belt.....)
Yeah in one way, but I drive less, live in a warmer climate, cars are
more reliable, and I have fewer years left than I've already spent.
so I think the odds are increasing that I won't have an emergency
regarding the car, integrated over the time from now until the end of my
On inactive CDMA phones the phone will connect you to ARN where you can
place a call with a credit card. No incoming calls. This doesn't work
with GSM phones. If the CDMA phone is active on a carrier that can't
roam onto the tower to which it is connected this doesn't work and you
can only make emergency calls. Also, a CDMA phone that you stop using
does not instantly go into the inactive phone database.
You can purchase a block of minutes to use with an inactive phone on
ARN. The minutes are good for a year.
<http://www.americanroaming.com/BuyVirtualPin.html . Remember, no one
can call you, it's outgoing only.
Sprint and Verizon use CDMA. AT&T and T-mobile use GSM.
IIRC, 4G is the same for all systems.
For some reason the CDMA networks are the only ones I can use here. BTW,
I have 2 cell phones, one on Verizon and the other on Ting (Sprint MVNO).
It's interesting, the smallest one is the cheapest. 120 minutes for
$15, but 2/3rds more money for 1/3 more time. 4/3rds more money for
2/3rds more time.
"RECHARGES RECEIVE THE LOWEST RATE OF $0.25 PER MINUTE REGARDLESS OF THE
ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE." and the hioghest original purchase price was
15cents a minute for the middle choice. The first and third choices
When your phone connects to a tower that your carrier doesn't roam on
you will get that message.
When you have an unactivated phone, or your service has been cut off for
whatever reason, but you are within range of a tower that your phone is
compatible with you will get that message.
It usually occurs on T-Mobile phones that can't roam onto an AT&T tower
though in rare cases there will be no AT&T coverage but a T-Mobile tower
will be in range.
Most prepaid services can't roam much, if at all, i.e. GoPhone, Cricket,
Boost, Virgin. Some can roam, at least for voice, i.e. Page Plus and
many of the other América Móvil services (but not all of them). The best
MVNO in terms of roaming is Consumer Cellular whose primary carrier is
AT&T but that roams for both voice and data onto other GSM carriers.
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