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Ok, that cell phone bill is OUT OF CONTROL! My cheap family plan is $59.99 a month, plus $9.99 a month for each other phone (3 of them). WIth taxes, usage charges, etc, it's about $150!<br><br>
Sooo, what do you all know about those pay-as-you-go ones? Do they work in the same places as your ones on a plan? Where do you buy them? Can you keep your old phone number?<br><br>
Are they crappy? Can we use our old phones?<br><br><br>
Tell me everything!
 

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We bought our 12 yo son a cheapo pay as you go phone. Mainly so that we see how responsible he is before investing in an expensive phone or another line. It has bad reception and definitely does not work in areas that my phone (a pretty cheap verizon) does.<br><br>
My dad also has a nicer pay as you go type phone (he can't stand contracts) and it has the same problems. Bad, bad, bad reception.<br><br>
And my ds has several friends who have Boost (???) and it doesn't work worth a darn, at least in our area.<br><br>
For kids who might not talk to much on the phone and just need one as an emergency type thing (like my ds), I think they are great. Otherwise, not so great.
 

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Red, you get cell phone service in your town???? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I work in the same town now, and I get no service at all, and I have Verizon!<br><br>
Who do you have??!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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$150 for 4 phones isn't bad for Canada, but I hear that it's cheaper in the USA. But I absolutely never have usage charges on my bill - I have free incoming calls so I just don't phone anyone unless it's evenings/weekends, which are free too.<br><br>
If it's the usage charges that are bringing the bill up, pay as you go won't be cheaper. I think it's only cheaper if you hardly ever use the phone.
 

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Red..I used to work for a major cell phone company. Who is your current provider? you might be able to switch to a prepay plan and keep everything the same if your provider allows it.
 

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I have had a Go Phone (Cingular/AT&T) for over 2 years now. I have never had any problems with reception out of the ordinary. It has been nice knowing I am only going to spend $x.xx a month and no more, but the plans are so much better now than when I got mine. If I do decide to keep my same Go Phone, I think it is time to change plans.
 

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We exclusively use pay as you go phones, Tmobile, I've been using mine for years and DH joined my about a year ago. They have excellent reception, we've used them in many different areas (on roadtrips), and come with lots of bells and whistles.<br><br>
I LOVE the fact that we know exactly what we pay, can monitor it, and if money is tight...we just forego the phone until we have enough to buy more minutes. Though DH uses his so much more than I use mine that I've wondered about whether he'd be better with a plan...on the other hand, I know those taxes and usage charges really add up. BTW, for reference, we buy $100 cards, mine lasts about 4 months, his about 2.5, give or take a couple of weeks.<br><br>
Oh, the phone is a $40 (sometimes on sale) nokia..cheapest model.
 

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The pay as you go phones are pretty crappy with reception around here, I wouldn't want one because they would be useless most of the time.<br><br>
Our bill is also ridiculous, but we can't seem to get it down. part of our problem is both my husband and i use our phones as our business lines, so guess if we take into account that a landline business phone is running around 60/month around here, then it doesn't look too bad. and with one girl driving, and one working all weekend, I want them to both have phones. I think we pay a total of 200/month for 2100 minutes, 4 phones and text messaging (which the girls have to reimburse).<br><br>
But anyone who knows a midwife knows how many calls you get, my husband gets equal amounts so we can't even blame the high minutes on the girls<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">.<br><br>
My youngest wants a firefly, we told her to save up her money, we'll see how that goes, can't see that it is much use, but if she wants to save her allowance, than it will be a good lesson for her.
 

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I think that pay-as-you-go plans work well for people who live in well populated areas. But when I was researching a few months ago, I found out that if you live in the country or in a small town, a lot of the pay-as-you-go companies don't have as good of coverage. I only had one real choice, because there's only one cell company that has decent reception at my house and on the country roads I regularly travel.<br><br>
Here are a couple of sites that might help you:<br><a href="http://www.cellreception.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cellreception.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.letstalk.com/product/findProducts.htm?pgId=101" target="_blank">http://www.letstalk.com/product/find...s.htm?pgId=101</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, that cell phone bill is OUT OF CONTROL! My cheap family plan is $59.99 a month, plus $9.99 a month for each other phone (3 of them). WIth taxes, usage charges, etc, it's about $150!<br><br>
Sooo, what do you all know about those pay-as-you-go ones? Do they work in the same places as your ones on a plan? Where do you buy them? Can you keep your old phone number?<br><br>
Are they crappy? Can we use our old phones?<br><br>
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We have 4 phones and it costs us about $130 a month. It seems like a lot but its the only phones we have. No house phone for us as long distance is just too much. DS1 can stay home alone so he has his own phone. And we have a phone for MIL it was a Mothers day gift 2 years ago and it kinda just stuck.<br>
From what I looked at for the pay as you go phones, the minutes run out eventually. I looked at a Firefly for DS and it was $100 for the phone and the minutes eventually ran out! I gave him my old phone and its $9.99 for him to be on our plan. He can call everyone in our family for free as its all the same provider. And I programed the phone so he can only call the people I added to his contact list.<br>
I am also under the assumption that there are different phones if you choose to pay as you go.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Red, you get cell phone service in your town???? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I work in the same town now, and I get no service at all, and I have Verizon!<br><br>
Who do you have??!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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No service here. THe kids go to school in Amhesrt and dh works in Boston.<br><br>
I have worked for just about EVERYONE in town! Who ya working for??? I can give you the scoop!<br><br><br>
We had Cingular, which was fine, but it got bought out by ATand T and they keep shutting us off, for being like 2 WEEKS late on our payments. TH is that about?<br><br>
Still looking for more info!
 

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What fees are you paying? Your base rate should be $90, so that's $60 a month in taxes and fees... something's wrong there. Our base rate for two phones is $49.99, and we only pay about $7 a month in taxes... you should be paying roughly twice that, for $105 total.<br><br>
Also, AT&T has a plan that's $59 for two phones, plus $9.99 for each additional, so only $80 base rate...<br><br>
Dar
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What fees are you paying? Your base rate should be $90, so that's $60 a month in taxes and fees... something's wrong there. Our base rate for two phones is $49.99, and we only pay about $7 a month in taxes... you should be paying roughly twice that, for $105 total.<br><br>
Also, AT&T has a plan that's $59 for two phones, plus $9.99 for each additional, so only $80 base rate...<br><br>
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Yes, this is the one we have. We are looking to add another phone for dd, but she would use a ton of minutes and as it is, we only have 500 shared minutes a month (I think). I'm at a loss for the most frugal way to upgrade.
 
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