Originally Posted by TromboneAl
Thanks for the info.
Sorry to by lazy, but could you tell me the best deal, bottom line total expenditure for one year, starting with no phone and assuming very minimal usage?
On a pure cost of ownership basis, BEYOND WIRELESS is the cheapest of the 10(?) plans that I have seen. You can buy used phones on ebay for $10-$20 plus shipping, plus a $5 prepay purchase (35 minutes) and you are set to go.
The following years, just 85cents! Tri-mode phones are available from Beyond for $50-$110 with 80 minutes service included.
· Minimum cost, 7.1 cents per month,
· Minutes last forever,
· Minutes cost 14.2-10 cents each ($5-$100 purchase quantities),
· Most metropolitan areas and many rural areas of the country are treated as local,
· No extra charge for long distance calls,
· Roaming is included in the service (not even available on many other prepaid services),
· Roaming incurs a charge at 4x the local rate (40-57 cents),
· One phone call every 60 days is required to keep the phone # active,
· Phone numbers are available in only some states, therefore some people will have to get a number from outside their area code and their incoming calls will be long distance to the caller,
· You can use your own phone if you have an ATT TDMA tri-mode phone,
· Analog service is used where digital is unavailable,
· The service tells you at the beginning of each call how many minutes remain,
· More at http://www.gobeyondwireless.com/
I feel like a salesman for them, but really, I was just so happy to find such a low cost service for the absolute minimal usage of 6 calls per year! My wife and I are retired and don't need to make a very many cell phone calls, but this is so cheap that we have purchased 2 used phones and can easily justify registering and using both of them. Most services are $8, and up, per month, even if you do not make any calls at all! But this service is so cheap that you can afford to have one just to serve as a backup service in case you have any sort of service problem with your regular cell ph!
A very good starting point to compare prepaid services is the cellguru at http://www.cellguru.net/prepaid_compare.htm