>> I'm thinking about getting an AT&T prepaid phone. Buy $100 and it's
good for a year,
> If you're talking about a Go-Phone, and the 100 is for minutes, you're
> close but not quite right. If you buy in 100 dollar incremnt, the
> minutes don't expire for a year, but you can use them up before then.
> OTOH, if you don't use them up, they roll over, IF you buy more minutes.
> If you don't, they disappear. You can only roll over about 250
> dollars worth also, so if you never use the phone, in three years
> they'll start taking away all the minutes over 250 dollars worht.
> Of course they are not really minutes. They have 3 plans. The first two
> I forget but it might be minutes. The last one charges nothing on the
> days you don't use the cell phone (not for making, receiving calls or
> checking your voice mail or texting or anything) , but on days you do,
> it's $2, but you can talk as much as you want and make or receive as
> many calls as you want until midnight, I think it must be, when it will
> cost you another $2. I'm not sure about texting.
> So for 100 dollars, you can only use the car 50 days of the year.
> However for me that's plenty. I use it when I'm travelling and on
> such days I often have to make a lot of calls. But if you want to use
> the phone 51 days in less than a year, the 100 dollars doesn't last a
(Sorry if this is a duplicate, email claims not to have sent it earlier,
although it did send one a few minutes earlier).
Not related to my original questions, but since this came up...
I had that AT&T cell plan for several years. At the end when I decided
to get a smart phone on a friend's plan. There was money left on the
account and I decided rather than let it fall back into AT&T's account,
I'd try to do something constructive with it. I found several charities
where I could donate money that was debited from my prepaid account. Eg,
I could text a code to the Red Cross and each time it debited $10 from
the account. I'm not posting the #s here because if someone else did, I
wouldn't believe them anyhow, but then I'm cynical. If you look on the
Red Cross main page, there is a link to donating by text. (Yes, I'm sure
the charities don't get all of the $10, but they still get more than
they would if the $ in the account reverted to the carrier).
Anyhow, just mentioning it in case anyone else finds themselves in the
position of leaving money in a prepaid account.