On Fri, 16 Dec 2005 13:48:19 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I got my phone a few minutes ago.
I'm into tracphone for $20 for 40 minutes, so am looking for deals
where I can buy a couple hundred minutes for the year.
Must I stick with TracPhone for the prepaid minutes I buy?
==========I am NOT on a budget..but both my wife and I are retired and we both
have Virgin Mobile phones (at about 100 bucks each) and we Both have
to pay at leasr 15 bucks every 3 months to keep the phones active..
After the initial expense of the phones ...and with our usage (pretty
darn low) it works out that each phone costs us about 5 bucks a
month... and to be honest we never even come close to using the
minutes we buy (25 cents per minute..for the 1st 10 minutes each day
then it dropsw down to 10 cents a minute)...I do not think we ever
used them 10 minutes in a single day...
The minutes roll over....I just checked my balmnce on my phone...shows
that I have $105.50 balance....thats a little over 400 minutes ...and
IF my 90 day was tomorrow I would have to purchase another 15 bucks
worth of time.. which would bring my balance up to $120.00 ...and we
both have our accounts set up that the 15 bucks comes out
automatically so we do not have to keep track of anything...
For me and my wife...IT WORKS... and at about 5 bucks a month it is
damn cheap imho...
The only problem I have is neither phone rings extremely loud...thank
the good lord it does vibrate or I may not even know the wife is
All the ones I've seen do. Tracfone allows you to roam, but you're
charge 2 "units" per minute, instead of the normal 1 unit/minute.
Similarly, they charge 2 units per minute for long distance calls from
your home service area.
Prepaid only differ in that you use and buy one of the phones they offer
and you prepay. I bought a Motorola but now I think Trac Fone has a
camera phone available, they are good for kids or as an emergency phone.
The phones cost apx 30-120.
On Tue, 6 Dec 2005 16:47:07 -0600, email@example.com (m Ransley)
I use the TracFone mostly for emergencies. I buy the 1-year cards BTW,
doing the whole thing online seems easier than buying a card at a
store). I have plenty of units available since they don't "disappear".
I've had very good service with my TracFone,Cingular is my local network
for them.$100 got me a refurb'd phone and 150 minutes(units).
I've seen new phones at WalMart for $30.00,but you have to buy minutes
Prepaid plans vary,and with some,your "minutes" are only valid for a couple
of months. With Trac Fone,I buy a 150 minute card that the units last for a
year,and rollover when I buy a new yearly card.(which only cost me $89.00
last time around,and also got bonus minutes.)
Outside of your local service area,usage is *double* minutes.
(2 units = ONE minute of talktime)
TracFone does not yet offer a camera-phone.
Check this page:
Looks like STi is the best if you don't use wireless a lot.
For example, TracFone would charge $80+ for a year's
service and 150 minutes. STi only charges $18, even if
all your calls are at weekday peak time.
In addition to their low rate, STi offer a few nice free-after-
rebate phones: Samsung A660 from Staple, LG 5225 from
STi (You need to buy a $50 card), and Sanyo 200 from
CompUSA (Now it is back to $110 minus $100 rebate).
I got a Samsung A660. This is brand new phone, quite good
looking flip color phone, that is far better looking than my old
free phone (remanufactured) from TracFone. .The reason for
Samsung is that I am more comfortable with Staple's easy rebate
I don't know how STi can make money with that kind of price.
I wish them good and be profitable, and we can have more
choices in the low cost prepaid phone market.
I went with the TracFone Plan. $19 or $26 and change with tax and
shipping of the phone.
The coupon code didn't work with the $19 promo 40 minute Deal.
Here are some of the costs I calculated.
Per Min Minutes Length
$0.593 TracFone This is the 40 minute card plus the phone - not
bad for $20.
Phone cards alone
Per Min Minutes Length
$0.200 400 60 day
$0.250 200 60 day
$0.300 100 60 day
$0.500 40 60 day
$0.430 300 annual card
$0.600 150 annual card
With Double Minutes Prepaid for $129
Per Min Minutes Length
Adv Rat Real Rate
$0.100 800 0.217272727 Assuming 1100 min a year
$0.125 400 0.242272727 Assuming 1100 min a year
$0.150 200 0.267272727 Assuming 1100 min a year
$0.250 80 0.367272727 Assuming 1100 min a year
These figures show that if you use the double rate card, they
advertise 10 cents a minute while the actual rate is 21.72 cents per
minute - and that's if you use the full 1100 minutes per year 800
Clearly deceptive advertising but I'm getting one anyway.
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