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  1. #1
    gaikokujinkyofusho@gmail.com
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    Hi, can anyone out there recommend a phone plan (in the SE USA) where
    you can pay as you go and the minutes don't expire? So far the plans
    either aren't real pay as you go plans (or not what i think of as pay
    as you go) liker verizon or are plans where the minutes expire after a
    certain amount of time like t-mobile. I am just looking for a no
    frills phone that if i make 1 call a month then i only pay for one call
    a month type deal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers

    -Gaiko




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  2. #2
    GeekBoy
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    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?


    <gaikokujinkyofusho@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1121111514.908671.81460@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    > Hi, can anyone out there recommend a phone plan (in the SE USA) where
    > you can pay as you go and the minutes don't expire? So far the plans
    > either aren't real pay as you go plans (or not what i think of as pay
    > as you go) liker verizon or are plans where the minutes expire after a
    > certain amount of time like t-mobile. I am just looking for a no
    > frills phone that if i make 1 call a month then i only pay for one call
    > a month type deal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    >


    Some local areas alos have pre-paid cellular that let you gab all you want
    across the US for one low fee.
    Limited coverage area though.
    > Cheers
    >
    > -Gaiko
    >






  3. #3
    JoshIII
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    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?

    I'm in the SE USA and you have to remember, any prepaid plan will require
    you to buy some number of minutes airtime at some time interval to keep the
    phone activated.

    Depending on the brand of prepaid, the time intervals are usually 30,60,90
    days or a year before you have to add airtime.

    I have two activated TracFone(s) and my sis has one. Two are on Verizon
    network and one is on Cingular GSM.

    The minutes roll over and never expire as long as you keep adding minutes of
    any denomination before the due date, which is always shown on the display.
    What could be more simple? TracFone is the only prepaid plan I know of that
    offers this feature.

    If you have other TracFone or prepaid plan questions feel free to email me.

    JoshIII
    upstate south carolina
    josh3i@hotmail.com
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    TracFone user and you'll both receive 100 FREE
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    TracFone uses Alltel, Verizon, Cingular, AT&T,
    and Suncom wireless networks, just to name a few!
    I've been a satisfied TracFone user for 4 years.






    <gaikokujinkyofusho@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1121111514.908671.81460@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    > Hi, can anyone out there recommend a phone plan (in the SE USA) where
    > you can pay as you go and the minutes don't expire? So far the plans
    > either aren't real pay as you go plans (or not what i think of as pay
    > as you go) liker verizon or are plans where the minutes expire after a
    > certain amount of time like t-mobile. I am just looking for a no
    > frills phone that if i make 1 call a month then i only pay for one call
    > a month type deal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    >
    > Cheers
    >
    > -Gaiko
    >






  4. #4
    (PeteCresswell)
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    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?

    Per gaikokujinkyofusho@gmail.com:
    >Hi, can anyone out there recommend a phone plan (in the SE USA) where
    >you can pay as you go and the minutes don't expire? So far the plans
    >either aren't real pay as you go plans (or not what i think of as pay
    >as you go) liker verizon or are plans where the minutes expire after a
    >certain amount of time like t-mobile. I am just looking for a no
    >frills phone that if i make 1 call a month then i only pay for one call
    >a month type deal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


    Closest that I was able to come was tMobile and their 1,000 minutes/$100/1 year.
    --
    PeteCresswell



  5. #5
    (PeteCresswell)
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    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?

    Per JoshIII:
    >Depending on the brand of prepaid, the time intervals are usually 30,60,90
    >days or a year...


    Can anybody on the inside comment on the reason for expiring prepaid minutes?

    If there weren't a business reason, I'd think somebody would be offering
    non-expiring minutes.

    From the outside, it seems like the incremental cost is zero (i.e. once they
    create a record in the carrier's DB it doesn't cost anything to have it just sit
    there) and while the minutes are unused, the carrier has time value of money
    working for it.

    So what's missing from that view?

    ?

    --
    PeteCresswell



  6. #6
    (PeteCresswell)
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    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?

    Per Joseph:

    >It doesn't occur to you that you are utilizing their equipment, you
    >are taking up a number and that these things are not expenses that go
    >away just because you are not making a call.


    Unless it's a deal where they supply the phone, I don't see what equipment I'd
    be using. As far as numbers go, I was unaware that a number had any cost
    associated with it.


    > I know of no prepaid networks
    >that do not require you to do *something!*


    Same here - that's what prompted the question, although I was thinking only in
    terms of the minutes expiring unconditionally at the end of a time period.

    The idea you've introduced - of the minutes not expiring as long as one makes at
    least one call every do often - is new to me and seems to undermine my own
    assumption that there is some fixed cost that drives the carriers to expire the
    minutes periodically.

    Not that you've brought it up, I can see the idea of having to do *something*,
    just because the pool of phone numbers is finite and a carrier would probably
    not want a bunch of unused numbers out there in perpetuity.


    >Their line cost per month for one!


    Maybe that's the missing ingredient.
    In the context of a cell network, what is a "line cost"?
    (Assuming it's truly a variable cost and not just a bunch of fixed costs summed
    up and divided by the number of accounts.)
    --
    PeteCresswell



  7. #7
    (PeteCresswell)
    Guest

    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?

    Per Joseph:
    >Then there's running the switch and all the costs associated such as
    >electricity, staffing, other infrastructure costs etc. These costs do
    >not go away with your not "exercising" the equipment.


    But neither to they increase. They're what I'd call "fixed" costs - as opposed
    to "variable" costs which would increase/decrease depending on how many phones
    are out there which do not make or receive any calls.

    The only variable-cost item that I can think of - now that the issue's been
    raised - is that while my phone is turned on it's communicating with a tower
    whether I use it or not.

    Assuming that a given tower only has the capacity to manage so many phones
    without having it's quipment upgraded that would seem tb a variable cost insofar
    as the number of idle prepaid phones stresses that capacity.

    Whether or not it's outweighed by the time value of the money I gave them for
    the minutes I haven't used yet is another issue....
    --
    PeteCresswell



  8. #8
    Danglerb
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    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?

    Feel free to start your own cell phone company with the goal of making
    no money. The "idea" most companies have is how can they get the MOST
    money with the least expense. You ask why don't they, and the answer is
    why should they.

    If you want a phone that you never have to pay for except just the
    minutes you actually use, its called a pay phone and takes nickles,
    dimes, and quarters, but many find them less convenient then cell
    phones.

    My guess is that T Mobile isn't making that much bottom line income
    from a $100 a year prepaid phone user that keeps their usage low. It
    could be that all the "real" profit comes from customers that start
    with a cheap plan and get hooked on high cell usage and move to a
    higher cost plan.




  9. #9
    cyclone
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    With Tracfone you'll spend as little as $10/month. If you don't sit and yak for hours on end it's the way to go..for basic communication, emergencies, "Where the heck are you?" and "Pick this up at the store Honey" calls...

    Buy your cards at Wally world and put the time on over the internet, they've been extending 30 days beyond lately...

    The biggest Pain is dealing directly with customer service live....



  10. #10
    Darrel
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    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?

    On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 07:59:09 -0700, Joseph <JoeOfSeattle@yahoo.com>
    wrote:

    >On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 07:36:31 -0500, cyclone
    ><cyclone.1s3z4y@nospam.cellphoneforums.net> wrote:
    >
    >>With Tracfone you'll spend as little as $10/month. If you don't sit and
    >>yak for hours on end it's the way to go..for basic communication,
    >>emergencies, "Where the heck are you?" and "Pick this up at the store
    >>Honey" calls...

    >
    >Or go with Beyond Wireless for as little as 7/month (minimum
    >requirement to place a one minute call @ 14/minute every 60 days)
    >
    >>Buy your cards at Wally world and put the time on over the internet,
    >>they've been extending 30 days beyond lately...

    >
    >Buy your time over the net with Beyond Wireless or use one of their
    >dealers (slightly more expensive.) No local numbers for all
    >locations, but if you're looking for something for occasional use it
    >cannot be beat.
    >

    Didn't you have JusTalk at one time Joseph? If so what service are you
    using that phone for now? I have JusTalk and I got a message from
    Cingular a few days ago saying that service would cease working on
    Sep 30. I suppose because JusTalk went out of business.
    I suppose I could use that phone with BeyondWireless then?





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