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Old 01-30-2013, 05:01 PM   #21
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I was using T-Mobile prepaid, I would purchase the $100 refill and the 1000 minutes would last me almost the entire year. Recently switched to Ptel, I believe they share T-Mobile's network. I use the same phone (unlocked) that I had with T-Mobile, just added a Ptel SIM card (cost $5). With Ptel the cost/min for talking is $.05, text is $.02, and web is $.10/MB. The cost/min stays the same no matter how much you spend on a refill ($10 minimum), the minutes just last longer the higher the refill cost. I buy a $10 refill and it's good for 2 months so I will end up spending about $60/year.
I currently use T-Mobile's monthly prepaid 1500 minutes/text (either/or) and 30MB data for $30.00 plus sales tax. We run about 1000~1350 minutes/mos - don't use text (would cost more on Ptel @ 5 cents/min). Data is nice when WIFI is not available. Use an unlocked Palm Pixi Plus (wifi) phone bought off Amazon for aro. $70.00. Accys off amazon cost next to nothing.

We have another cell phone and also use T-Mobile's prepaid plan 1000 minutes @ $100.00 that last a year. We don't use them all, and keep them rolling over for another year by buying minimal renewal amounts.

I wasn't aware of PlatinumTel (Ptel), but looks like a suitable alternative to T-Mobile's (minimun) 10 cents/minute prepay,or their pay as you go plans. Appears that they are using T-Mobile's service and abandoned Sprint as of December last year.

PTel ditches Sprint for T-Mobile, plans ad-subsidized wireless service - FierceWireless

That's quite a change as Sprint phones are CDMA and T-Mobile is GSM (SIM cards). Wonder how their old CDMA (Sprint/Verizon) customers took to that change. I find it interesting that pretty much the rest of the world uses unlocked GSM phones and then shops for service providers. Here they push to lock customers into multi-year contracts (with low or no cost phones) on proprietary CDMA or GSM (locked cell phones) systems.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:16 PM   #23
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The problem with tmobile $100 1000 minutes prepaid is when you recharge the following year for a small dollar amount say $10, you will still maintain your gold memebership but the minute charge changes from 10cents per minute to I believe 16cents or more a minute. You have to refill $100 to get 10cents a minute.
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The problem with tmobile $100 1000 minutes prepaid is when you recharge the following year for a small dollar amount say $10, you will still maintain your gold memebership but the minute charge changes from 10cents per minute to I believe 16cents or more a minute. You have to refill $100 to get 10cents a minute.
Yes, but most people I know on this plan use so few minutes a year that the first 1000 minutes (for $100) will last them many years, and all they need to do is top it off with $10 per year to roll those minutes over for another year. It's the ability to rollover unused minutes for $10 per year that makes this a good plan for someone who very rarely uses a cell phone and/or keeps it around only for emergencies.
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My wife uses republic wireless. We like it so far. In fact they sent her a brand new phone recently because of issues with the original model they chose. Nice to have a water proof, android smartphone with service for the low, low price.
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