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post #21 of 48
Hope you like your Tracfone, Tradd. It's what my DD used before I added her to my plan (which ended up being cheaper b/c the texts through Tracfone were like .33 cents each). Anyhow, we were happy with the service and price - until she discovered texting w/her BFF.

Honestly, as much as I love my iphone, if I could use it as an itouch with constant internet connection, I'd cancel the phone service and go pre-paid. I just don't use near the amout of minutes (even sharing with my DD now). But it's the 3G network that is worth the $ for me for now.
post #22 of 48
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
Hope you like your Tracfone, Tradd. It's what my DD used before I added her to my plan (which ended up being cheaper b/c the texts through Tracfone were like .33 cents each). Anyhow, we were happy with the service and price - until she discovered texting w/her BFF.

Honestly, as much as I love my iphone, if I could use it as an itouch with constant internet connection, I'd cancel the phone service and go pre-paid. I just don't use near the amout of minutes (even sharing with my DD now). But it's the 3G network that is worth the $ for me for now.
I had a Tracfone for three years before I got iPhone last year. Loved it.

Did you hear the announcement today - AT&T is doing away with unlimited data plans as of June 7th for new subscribers. Current subscribers are OK to the end of their contract. They also upped the cancellation fee to something like $300 or more.

I text very minimally. I had the 200 texts for $5 with AT&T on iPhone and barely used 30 a month.
post #23 of 48
I did read about it - b/c of the link you posted in TAO. So, thanks! B/c I hadn't heard about it until then. I wish they had a data only plan, w/o the $40 min. minutes. That's too bad about the $300 contract-breaking fee. I'm trying to figure out how many gb or mb or what the heck ever I use to see if I can change to the $15 data. I wonder how much bandwidth MDC takes up.
post #24 of 48
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
I did read about it - b/c of the link you posted in TAO. So, thanks! B/c I hadn't heard about it until then. I wish they had a data only plan, w/o the $40 min. minutes. That's too bad about the $300 contract-breaking fee. I'm trying to figure out how many gb or mb or what the heck ever I use to see if I can change to the $15 data. I wonder how much bandwidth MDC takes up.
Previous bills will give this info.
post #25 of 48
I had an Omnia through Verizon & about 4 months ago, SO & I switched from the Omnia's to "regular" cell phones, and lost over $80 worth of texting/data plan because those were both required. So we cut our bill way down, & I really don't miss it at all. It was nice having the internet & texting, but I'm happier without them. SO, however, isn't, and he'll be getting a smart phone when we get new phones.
post #26 of 48
this thread has helped me to resist the urge to upgrade to an iPhone! Thank you!

I wish or service was better here with the tracphone, i'd so ditch at&t!
post #27 of 48
I'm a total iPhone addict. Dh said if I ever lost my phone I'd probably have a break down. And yeah, its expensive! I pay for both DH's and Mine adn we both have iPhones. When I have the money I'm going to make a trade/compromise. I'm going to buy an iPad with a $15 a month no-contract data plan and then switch from iPhone to something less expensive, a more basic phone. I also told my husband when I make the switch he'll have to also switch or pay the difference for his phone. Between the two it should be a bigger savings even with paying for the iPad data plan. We'll see though, I'm not in a big hurry. You can still use the iPhone after you cancel it too, just use it for an ipod touch. My oldest DD uses my old iPhone (the one I washed in the washer) as an ipod touch and it works wonderfully. She can even get internet on our wireless network. The top home button sticks and it has dead pixels so thats the reason I don't use it.
post #28 of 48
DH works for AT&T and gets a discount. He got me an iPhone for Christmas and I had him return it w/i a month. It wasn't worth it to me, even w/ the discount. I already feel like I"m on the computer all the time--why on earth do I need to have it available while out of the house? Sure, I can see it'd be handy, but I could just see myself as one of those parents who are staring at that tiny screen instead of at their offspring, spouse, friends, or world around them. No thanks!

That's really one of my pet peeves--people who're always checking their phones. DH is really good about it--he has an iPhone and a Blackberry (provided by his job) but doesn't let himself look at them unless he's working or alone. Love that guy!
post #29 of 48
This thread could not have come at a better time! Hoping to transition out of the rat race to a saner, simpler, freelance career at the end of next month. Will no longer *need* the iPhone for work (on my personal account, but I expense about 60% of it), and the contract is up at the end of August. So excited to know I will be able to continue using the internet capability via WiFi.

Now...couple of quick questions:

1. My husband's contract is up now, + I want to get him a TracPhone. Very light usage, no need for a camera, following are Target's current offerings - any suggestions?

http://www.target.com/s/184-5487489-...1&searchPage=1

2. There is a "Double Minute Phone Card" listed at Target online, but available for purchase only at stores. There is no associated # of minutes - is this a card that you purchase so all other "minutes" cards will be doubled?

3. Is Tracphone definitely the way to go? Superior to the Go Phone or Virgin offerings?

Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide! Looking forward (mostly ) to ditching my iPhone in August, at which point I'll grab a pay-as-you-go phone too.

Final question:

4. If you have (2) Tracphones, and purchase the minutes online, can they be linked to a single account (like we currently share minutes now), or is everything separated by phone?

Thanks again!
post #30 of 48
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Originally Posted by FeelingBlessed View Post
This thread could not have come at a better time! Hoping to transition out of the rat race to a saner, simpler, freelance career at the end of next month. Will no longer *need* the iPhone for work (on my personal account, but I expense about 60% of it), and the contract is up at the end of August. So excited to know I will be able to continue using the internet capability via WiFi.

Now...couple of quick questions:

1. My husband's contract is up now, + I want to get him a TracPhone. Very light usage, no need for a camera, following are Target's current offerings - any suggestions?

http://www.target.com/s/184-5487489-...1&searchPage=1

2. There is a "Double Minute Phone Card" listed at Target online, but available for purchase only at stores. There is no associated # of minutes - is this a card that you purchase so all other "minutes" cards will be doubled?

3. Is Tracphone definitely the way to go? Superior to the Go Phone or Virgin offerings?

Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide! Looking forward (mostly ) to ditching my iPhone in August, at which point I'll grab a pay-as-you-go phone too.

Final question:

4. If you have (2) Tracphones, and purchase the minutes online, can they be linked to a single account (like we currently share minutes now), or is everything separated by phone?

Thanks again!
1. Just get the $10 phone.
http://www.target.com/TracFone-Samsu..._com_brand-bin

2. Yes

3. I've only used Tracfone, but I rarely hear bad things...Others can comment on the other prepaid carriers.

4. The minutes are per phone, not combined. I just got a phone ($29.99 - the Samsung slider one - the first one shown in your link) that doubles minutes for the life of the phone. So when YOU get rid of iPhone, if you use more minutes than your hubby, you might consider that one.
post #31 of 48
Thank you for starting this thread and I am glad I read it.

I have been debating with myself for about a year about getting an iPhone...and I think now that I won't.

I am already on the computer way too much and I don't need access to the internet when I am away from home. Just not something that would be good for me.

I have a regular cell phone I carry in my purse. That's enough I think for me.

Dh has a iPhone and he will check it sometimes while with us and it bothers me.

post #32 of 48
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Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
I still have my landline (and DSL) with AT&T. That's $50 a month - landline is on lowest plan and I can always increase it if necessary. But frankly, I'm a very heavy email user and that's why I don't use the voice plan on my iPhone much. I could easily go to Walmart or Target, pay $20-30 for a Tracfone and minutes as I go.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1438
Do you have Cricket Mobile in your area? Their cheapest plan is $30 for unlimited voice and long distance, and $40 for unlimited voice, text, internet, 411. First month is always free. You can buy a new phone or flash an old one over to Cricket. I have Cricket and wouldn't switch.
post #33 of 48
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Do you have Cricket Mobile in your area? Their cheapest plan is $30 for unlimited voice and long distance, and $40 for unlimited voice, text, internet, 411. First month is always free. You can buy a new phone or flash an old one over to Cricket. I have Cricket and wouldn't switch.
Yes, but I've already made the switch to Tracfone. I'm happy.
post #34 of 48
another story in NY times today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/te...brain.html?hpw

I read it this morning. FTR, the guy in the article is 43, just a few years older than me. I first saw his pic and thought he was in his mid 50s. Yet another reason to stay away from all that.
post #35 of 48
I got rid of my Blackberry (Went back to Tracfone) and am saving like $1000 a year!

post #36 of 48
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I got rid of my Blackberry (Went back to Tracfone) and am saving like $1000 a year!

Yep, that's about what I'll be saving, too! Old number was moved to Tracfone phone today. Works just fine. Called a friend or two and they couldn't believe I was on a $30 phone.

Because of the minute-doubling phone and an additional 100 minute bonus when you transfer a number to Tracfone, I ended up with 425 days of service and 900 something minutes!
post #37 of 48
I really needed this thread! I, too, have been wanting an iphone but I know I don't need one. Dh doesn't want me to get one and if it weren't for him discouraging me I would have bought one by now. I just keep telling myself, I don't need it, I don't need it. Life is complicated enough, I don't want to become attached to the thing.
post #38 of 48
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Originally Posted by just_lily View Post
I am not getting rid of one, but I am deliberately not getting one in the first place.
I'm with you on this. We never get the best advertised phones though-- I always ask only one question to the sales guy. If I dropped this in the toilet, what are the chances it would still work?
post #39 of 48
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Originally Posted by sweetjasmine View Post
I really needed this thread! I, too, have been wanting an iphone but I know I don't need one. Dh doesn't want me to get one and if it weren't for him discouraging me I would have bought one by now. I just keep telling myself, I don't need it, I don't need it. Life is complicated enough, I don't want to become attached to the thing.
amen to that sister!
post #40 of 48
I have an iPhone and pay $100 per YEAR to use it.

It's a hand-me-down, more than two years old, so it's not tied to any contract. I have wifi available in my house and at my office, so the internet parts work while I'm there. Otherwise, I have t-mobile pay-as-you go (10c per min, I use an average of 1000 min per year), which costs me $100 per year but doesn't give me any internet capabilities. It's plenty good enough. I can only text from within my house or school, which feels pretty silly, but whatever.

Aven
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