Originally Posted by nico08
Hi. I called Verizon, my cell phone carrier. Using Verizon Prepaid, I can get unlimited talk, unlimited text and email access for about 5 dollars more a month then the limited plan (limited talk/limited text/no email) I currently have. It will cost about 50 bucks a month. I won't have internet access on this phone, but I can use the internet at work and home when necessary.
I use T-Mobile prepaid 1500 minutes/texts (either/or) with 30MB of data per month for $30.00 plus tax (I don't text on the phone). I bought an unlocked
Palm Pixi Plus GSM phone with "WIFI" from Amazon for +/-$70.00. Bought some neat accys for it for next to nothing off Amazon (chargers, leather case, etc). I went to the T-mobile store and they provided me with the SIM chip for free (normally runs $10.00) and signed me up for the prepaid monthly $30.00 package mentioned above (cancel at anytime) and ported over my existing phone number. This will give you wifi access on the phone and also allow you to occasionally access the internet using the 30MB data when needed (and wifi is not available).
You can also utilize wifi only on an unlocked Palm Pixi Plus wifi phone with just a T-Mobile prepay minutes plan - 1000 minutes for $100.00 that doesn't expire for a year. Trick is to borrow someone's GSM (AT&T, T-Mobile, Walmart, etc.) phone's SIM chip to activate the unlocked Palm phone. Afterwards reinstall your SIM chip and your good to go. You can also change your T-Mobile prepaid plan at any time (when it's to your advantage).
I have not tried this, but there are CDMA wifi cell phones (no SIM chip - Sprint, Verizon, etc.) out there you may purchase off Amazon for aro. $100.00. You might be able to have your Verizon service switched over to the CDMA phone (I'd verify this with Verizon). It would give you wifi access on the phone with your current limited minutes/texts Verizon service.