Originally Posted by zinger1457
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.