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    casenickles
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    I just wanted to tell everyone who reads here what Net 10 Service, phone, and activation is like. Here's the abridged version if you don't want to read it all. (these figures can change as I have more experience)

    On a scale of 1-10

    10 ----- Ease of phone buying and price
    5 ----- Activation and redeeming airtime
    5 ----- Customer Service
    7 ----- Phone quality and functionality
    8 ----- Call quality and clarity of voice on other end
    7 ----- Signal strength in rural area and ability to make calls inside buildings
    10 ----- Remaining airtime display and notification of minute due date
    10 ----- Price per minute, roaming, and coverage area

    In the past I have used Sprint Pcs, Cingular, and most recently Verizon under 2 year contracts. By far the best service has been Verizon in every way.

    This past week I decided to make the switch to Pre-Paid due to the fact I am using 200 minutes or less on a regular basis, sometimes much less. After comparing all the Pre-Paid options in the Columbus Ohio area I decided on Net 10 as my first attempt. My reasons for choosing this carrier are:

    1. $.10 per minute flat rate regardless of where I place the call and to where.
    2. Phone I wanted was $39.99
    3. No daily access fees or other misc. charges to deal with
    4. Pre-Paid minutes can be added by card, on website, or with phone itself

    Here's 3 days so far. I'll try to be as accurate as possible

    Activation took several attempts


    You can activate the phone 1 of 3 ways. By the phone, the website, or by calling a 1-877 number. I chose to use the website the first time. When I reached the last step in activation I received an error that my activation request could not be completed. So I called customer service (automated) and activated that way. That didnt work either. I called again and spoke to a person (Indian - Outsourced). This halfway worked, the phone activated but did not load my minutes on the phone correctly. My last call to customer service worked like a charm. The process wasn't too bad but could have been better. Some things to note were I spent NO time holding to speaking to CS and they were extremely easy to deal with. You do however have to listen close as they have thick accents.

    Call Quality and Coverage Area


    Net 10 is a GSM phone and has a huge coverage area. As I expected the call quality is exactly like that of any GSM phone I used when I had Cingular service, or like that of any T-Mobil phone I have used before. There is no static or noise when making a call, and the voice is loud and clear. Compared to my Verizon service I rate nearly the same, although there is something to be said that the Verizon phone is a $400 LG and this Pre-Paid phone is a $40 Nokia so yes there is somewhat of an obvious difference to the characteristics to the call each phone delivers.

    So far it works in all the rural areas I drove to up to 50 miles outside of the city, and it works inside buildings just fine. I will update everyone as time goes on.

    Thank You For Reading.

    Casey Nickles


    See More: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review
    Last edited by casenickles; 11-11-2006 at 11:50 PM.



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    LIVEMEGADEALS
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    Re: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review

    I Use A Net10 Phone As A Back Up When Im Low On Mins On My Cingular Monthly Plan Roll Over Helps Me None And I Find It To Be A Decent Company And Batt Life Is Very Good And Its Affordable As A Prepaid Svce



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    Re: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review

    Quote Originally Posted by LIVEMEGADEALS
    I Use A Net10 Phone As A Back Up When Im Low On Mins On My Cingular Monthly Plan Roll Over Helps Me None And I Find It To Be A Decent Company And Batt Life Is Very Good And Its Affordable As A Prepaid Svce
    Why Do You Use Capitals For Every Word?
    What's my girlfriend doing in your five?



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    Bourn Identity
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    Re: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review

    Quote Originally Posted by char777
    Why Do You Use Capitals For Every Word?
    Sometimes when people post from their phone, it capitalizes every word.

    By the way, great post casenickles!



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    secrecyguy
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    Re: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review

    You should have very good coverage because they share networks with Cingular, T-mobile, and others. It says that. I forgot where, probably on the pamphlet.



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    jc.jaycee
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    Re: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review

    I'm thinking of getting a Net 10 prepaid phone. As of right now I use Cingular. I love that it picks up in places my Verizon never would, but it's not really good at my house. It drops calls here but to be fair I live out in the sticks. The $1.00 daily charge is bad too cause someone asked me to call them and they have Verizon...so the 30 seconds they had me on the phone wound up costing me $1.10 off my balance. It seems I can't find a best of both worlds for the coverage but if Net10 will pick up in the same places as Cingular that should be alright.

    So it seems Net10 would be my best choice cause the Verizon prepaid also has a daily charge. And before I forget I got a Cingular text message saying they would be deducting each month an E-911 charge from my balance.



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    Re: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review

    If the level of use makes sense for you then net10 is a very good plan. If you get a Net10 with "P4" on the box then it should have the same coverage as Cingular. Net 10 is a much better rate and no daily fees or junk fees.
    Last edited by roberts1953; 11-21-2006 at 01:05 AM.



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    jc.jaycee
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    Re: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review

    Hmm...if I decide to not go ahead and try to get a calling plan I will look into that next time I'm at Wal-Mart. The only downside right now then would be the fact that no local stores close to me sell Net 10 refill cards. I have to drive at least 30 minutes or more to any Wal-Marts...I can't purchase more time online as I have no credit or debit card.



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    casenickles
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    Re: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review

    Quote Originally Posted by jc.jaycee
    Hmm...if I decide to not go ahead and try to get a calling plan I will look into that next time I'm at Wal-Mart. The only downside right now then would be the fact that no local stores close to me sell Net 10 refill cards. I have to drive at least 30 minutes or more to any Wal-Marts...I can't purchase more time online as I have no credit or debit card.

    Just a guess but you may not be a good candidate for a cell phone.



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    jc.jaycee
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    Re: Net 10 Pre-Paid Wireless Review

    And might I ask why you would say that? Regardless of your thoughts...I need one. Once I pay a deposit and all that to get my phone service going, I'll be able to pay my bill each month by check.



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