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#1 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 10:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Me and my dh have cell through work and we have no home phone because we live in a rural telephone coop and the cheapest line with nothing is over$80/month. We have 2 children that are getting at that age lots of sports and meetings all at different places. Plus they are always giving out my work # to their friends and therefore running up the minutes

Does anyone have any suggestions with different types? I dont have the best credit but Im ok to pay a deposit too soo .....


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Will they get much use or are they more for backup? I gave my company-paid phone up when I resigned my job recently, and wanted to go without, but my husband really wanted me to have one just in case. I ended up going with an AT&T pay-as-you-go, buying the cheapest phone they had (I think it was $29). It's $1 a day for the first call you make, plus $0.10 per minute. I put $25 on it when I bought it, and they threw in an additional $30 in minutes. They require that you add a minimum of $15 every three months. The money that's left over at the end of the three months "rolls over" when you recharge. This has worked well for me, because I don't use it most days. It probably wouldn't be economical if you anticipate every-day use, though.
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I think it will get used a lot in spurts. They are young but lots of sports ans friends
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Do you have Cricket in your area? http://www.mycricket.com/?CMP=KNC-Go...FUf75wodWRDMHQ We don't have it but a lot of my kids' friends have it as a home phone and are really happy with it. The phones are pricy but it's an all inclusive plan so can be pretty cheap.
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I like the looks of their plans but they arent in my area
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look at straight talk and virgin mobile they both have a good amt of minutes plus unlimited text and data for 20-45 a month. When i get out of my contract I am switching to virgin mobile...i will NEVER sign a cell contract again! There are too many good prepaid options out there now!

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I have the $25/mo plan with Virgin Mobile. I get 300 min and unlimited texting. It offers free email and web, though I've never used that. They don't have coverage like AT&T but I haven't had issues in my area.
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The cheapest for me was T-mobile To Go. I bought a $40 phone and paid $100 for 1000 minutes that last a year. I don't use the 1000 minutes in a year but have to add about $50 per year. You have to add something every year to keep it active. So I've spent about $200 over 2.8 years at this point. I'll need to add again soon. Of course, I obviously don't talk much. But I think its still worth checking out because it does seem to just be about 10 cents a minute and no contract. I tried to stay away from plans that charged me a flat rate for every day it was used.
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do you have alltel in your area? they are on the cheaper side.

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