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#1 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 01:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Some of these ideas I hadn't seen posted before, like

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Switch to a prepaid cellphone. Cost: $20 for the phone, and maybe $100 a year for minutes. Move the rest of your talk-time to free Internet calls, and stop hemorrhaging $60 a month on a cellular plan. ROI: 500%
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The prepaid cell phone is exactly what I do and I LOVE it!!!

I have a cheap but adequate phone that I got for free from a friend when he upgraded.

I have a prepaid account with T-Mobile. I pay $100 and get 1000 minutes that do not expire for one year (so 10 cents a minute). No need to add more points every month, and if I have leftovers at the end of the year they roll over into the next year when I add $100 more to my account.

I carry the phone always but use it only in emergencies, for an easy contact when Denali is at school or with a sitter, for finding friends when we meet up, for traveling, and for "quickie calls" ("Hi honey, I'm at the store: what do you want for dinner?"). I NEVER chat on it, and I let people know that I don't really use the phone for general conversation.

Last year I used 950 minutes, so my whole cell phone bill for the year came to less than $100. I had all the benefits of using a cell phone without a monthly payment or a contract.
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Thank you for showing how it works! I think I will switch over!

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I love that idea, but how logical would going prepaid be if you don't have a home phone? Would it pay to get a home phone and prepaid, or keep the cell phone? Or one cell phone, one prepaid? I've just been thinking about it, and especially with these economic times (dh is in retail/sales) our cell phones would be one of the first things to go and a 2 year contract is a long time to commit. (Especially when the company rises the price of text messages, I mean .50 per messages is NUTS!)

Sorry, I don't mean to hijack. I was thinking about posting something about this after reading the same thing off of yahoo.

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I cancelled my landline a few months ago - am planning to do this prepaid cell as my only phone.

I think it really depends on how many minutes you typically spend in a month. My current, monthly cell plan gives me 450min, and I use maybe 100/month. That costs - hmmm, I dunno, at least $20/month, >$240/year. So prepaid 1000min/year for $100 would save me a ton.

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We have skype for home phone use.About 60 dollars a year for unlimited incoming and out going calls plus voice mail.Bought a pricier phone for it that goes through the router so the computer doesn't have to be on to use the phone.I have prepaid virgin mobile right now for emergencies.I put 20 dollars on that every 3 months.My hubby started traveling for work and I needed to get him a phone for emergencies so I got him a prepaid tracfone because it was the best deal right now.
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We've used prepaids for years. Since they first came out. Right now we also use t-mobile, it cost about 10-15 dollars total a month to keep both of our phones up and running.
Then for our house phone I switched from a Verizon landland to Vonage VOIP. My phone bill went form $65 to $32. It has saved us lots of money that way.

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