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  1. #1
    Phil Schuman
    Guest
    With Mother's day coming up,
    we are looking at some of the retail phones
    & their plans for Grandma, etc

    Cingular - Cingular network - gophone
    T-mobile - T-mobile network to go
    Tracfone -
    Net10 -
    Virgin Mobile - Sprint network -
    Boost - Nextel network -

    I was wondering which phones overlay which cellular network ?

    Can the Boost phones DC with other Nextel phones,
    and even be part of a Nextel DC group ? It looks like it's $1.50 when
    used.

    The other consideration is how much money needs to be applied,
    and how often - ie $20 every 30, 45, 60, or 90 days.

    Any other general comments about these retail phones that are avail
    at retail places like Target, etc...

    We are also looking at potentially reducing the cost of a couple of
    Sprint phones
    in our own house that are currently using the $20 + $30 plans (20mins +
    300mins)
    but total mins = 100 used, along with another phone on the Virgin Mobile
    plan.






    See More: prepaid retail phone suggestions




  2. #2
    Helix
    Guest

    if you buy $20.00 card and not use it to call just for d/c only then is going to last you 6 days.



  3. #3
    Ben
    Guest

    Re: prepaid retail phone suggestions

    Hi Phil,

    I have been looking too, I don't know of Boost. But here in South Florida,
    Tmobile has decent coverage in most of the state, and is the cheapest at
    2000 (1000 + 1000 gold rewards) minutes for $100 ($.025/minute with 365 days
    to use them and no per diem charges).

    So its the cheapest per minute, and there are no costs per day. Any GSM
    handset that does 1900, can be used. Incoming text and picture messages are
    free ($.10 and .25 outgoing). Roaming in Canada and Mexico are only
    $.40/minute extra. I couldn't find if mobile to mobile minutes are free on
    Tmobile?

    Your two Sprint lines would cost, $100 per year (20 minutes x 12 = 240
    minutes, and $20 x 12 = $240), leaving you with 760 minutes to use during
    the year. The second line would be $200 per year instead of $30 x 12 =
    $360, and you would have 4000 minutes instead of 300 x 12 = 3600. Looks
    like you can save $300 per year on this plan on those two phones alone!

    When my AWS contract is up, I will go this is the way too, I have 4 phones
    and 950 minutes a month, I pay $96 per month with taxes (before taxes
    $69.95, $26.05 in taxes and fees!). My minutes cost around $.10 if I use
    them all up!

    Tmobile is the better deal, clearly!
    --
    With good thoughts,
    Ben


    "Phil Schuman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > With Mother's day coming up,
    > we are looking at some of the retail phones
    > & their plans for Grandma, etc
    >
    > Cingular - Cingular network - gophone
    > T-mobile - T-mobile network to go
    > Tracfone -
    > Net10 -
    > Virgin Mobile - Sprint network -
    > Boost - Nextel network -
    >
    > I was wondering which phones overlay which cellular network ?
    >
    > Can the Boost phones DC with other Nextel phones,
    > and even be part of a Nextel DC group ? It looks like it's $1.50 when
    > used.
    >
    > The other consideration is how much money needs to be applied,
    > and how often - ie $20 every 30, 45, 60, or 90 days.
    >
    > Any other general comments about these retail phones that are avail
    > at retail places like Target, etc...
    >
    > We are also looking at potentially reducing the cost of a couple of
    > Sprint phones
    > in our own house that are currently using the $20 + $30 plans (20mins +
    > 300mins)
    > but total mins = 100 used, along with another phone on the Virgin Mobile
    > plan.
    >
    >
    >






  4. #4
    Jack Zwick
    Guest

    Re: prepaid retail phone suggestions

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Ben" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Tmobile is the better deal, clearly!


    If you have coverage where you need it, and indoor recption where you
    need it. 1900 MHz gets indoors less well than 850, all things considered.

    Doesnt matter how cheap the minutes are if you dont have a signal.



  5. #5
    * * Chas
    Guest

    Re: prepaid retail phone suggestions


    "Phil Schuman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > With Mother's day coming up,
    > we are looking at some of the retail phones
    > & their plans for Grandma, etc
    >
    > Cingular - Cingular network - gophone
    > T-mobile - T-mobile network to go
    > Tracfone -
    > Net10 -
    > Virgin Mobile - Sprint network -
    > Boost - Nextel network -
    >
    > I was wondering which phones overlay which cellular network ?
    >
    > Can the Boost phones DC with other Nextel phones,
    > and even be part of a Nextel DC group ? It looks like it's $1.50

    when
    > used.
    >
    > The other consideration is how much money needs to be applied,
    > and how often - ie $20 every 30, 45, 60, or 90 days.
    >
    > Any other general comments about these retail phones that are avail
    > at retail places like Target, etc...


    I have a different reason for using the prepay cards. I use around
    4000 minutes a month on business calls.

    I have 2 months to go on my Verizon contract ($175 for early
    termination fee). Verizon's service was very good in my area until
    about 5 weeks ago when the reception within a 2 mile area of my home
    deteriorated to between terrible and non-existent.

    I'm currently checking out Cingular and Sprint. I bought the phones
    that I wanted for each carrier on eBay. I signed up for Sprint with a
    mandatory 2 year contract which I still have about a week to get out
    of. I bought a $30 Cingular card and I'm going to get a Sprint card.
    I'll use these cards until my Verizon contract is up the switch over
    to the one with the best coverage for my needs.

    Cingular's prepay service is $1.00 per day plus $0.10 per minute or
    portion of a minute but it appears to cover nationwide roaming. There
    is a minimum $0.10 charge for every dialed call whether there it's
    answered or not - 1 ring: $0.10! It's easy to add additional minutes
    in person, by phone or on the internet.

    Sprint's rates are $0.06 per minute or $0.50 per call which ever is
    more - it's hard to get a straight answer from them. Also there may be
    extra charges for roaming.

    Throughout much of the country, Nextel's service is terrible. Most
    people that I know who are using Nextel are businesses and
    organizations who think that they are saving money (read CHEAPSKATES)
    with Nextel's walkie-talkie radio feature for calls between other
    users in their group.

    You couldn't pay me to go with Nextel, besides, they are in the
    process of merging with Sprint which promises to be a real cluster
    breeding event!

    I haven't checked out the others because Cingular, Sprint and Verizon
    are the players in my area.

    It seems that the carriers are not interested in dealing with not
    contract customers so I wouldn't expect much in the way of support.

    Chas.





  6. #6
    Bill Radio
    Guest

    Re: prepaid retail phone suggestions

    Phil,
    There is no better source of prepaid phone info than:

    http://cellguru.net/prepaid_compare.htm

    Currently, Cingular's prepaid does not permit roaming off their network,
    with a few exceptions including those areas where Western Wireless provides
    some roaming.


    Bill Radio
    Click for Western U.S. Wireless Reviews at:
    http://www.mountainwireless.com


    "Ben" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]
    > Hi Phil,
    >
    > I have been looking too, I don't know of Boost. But here in South Florida,
    > Tmobile has decent coverage in most of the state, and is the cheapest at
    > 2000 (1000 + 1000 gold rewards) minutes for $100 ($.025/minute with 365

    days
    > to use them and no per diem charges).
    >
    > So its the cheapest per minute, and there are no costs per day. Any GSM
    > handset that does 1900, can be used. Incoming text and picture messages

    are
    > free ($.10 and .25 outgoing). Roaming in Canada and Mexico are only
    > $.40/minute extra. I couldn't find if mobile to mobile minutes are free on
    > Tmobile?
    >
    > Your two Sprint lines would cost, $100 per year (20 minutes x 12 = 240
    > minutes, and $20 x 12 = $240), leaving you with 760 minutes to use during
    > the year. The second line would be $200 per year instead of $30 x 12 =
    > $360, and you would have 4000 minutes instead of 300 x 12 = 3600. Looks
    > like you can save $300 per year on this plan on those two phones alone!
    >
    > When my AWS contract is up, I will go this is the way too, I have 4 phones
    > and 950 minutes a month, I pay $96 per month with taxes (before taxes
    > $69.95, $26.05 in taxes and fees!). My minutes cost around $.10 if I use
    > them all up!
    >
    > Tmobile is the better deal, clearly!
    > --
    > With good thoughts,
    > Ben
    >
    >
    > "Phil Schuman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > With Mother's day coming up,
    > > we are looking at some of the retail phones
    > > & their plans for Grandma, etc
    > >
    > > Cingular - Cingular network - gophone
    > > T-mobile - T-mobile network to go
    > > Tracfone -
    > > Net10 -
    > > Virgin Mobile - Sprint network -
    > > Boost - Nextel network -
    > >
    > > I was wondering which phones overlay which cellular network ?
    > >
    > > Can the Boost phones DC with other Nextel phones,
    > > and even be part of a Nextel DC group ? It looks like it's $1.50 when
    > > used.
    > >
    > > The other consideration is how much money needs to be applied,
    > > and how often - ie $20 every 30, 45, 60, or 90 days.
    > >
    > > Any other general comments about these retail phones that are avail
    > > at retail places like Target, etc...
    > >
    > > We are also looking at potentially reducing the cost of a couple of
    > > Sprint phones
    > > in our own house that are currently using the $20 + $30 plans (20mins +
    > > 300mins)
    > > but total mins = 100 used, along with another phone on the Virgin Mobile
    > > plan.
    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    >






  7. #7
    (Pete Cresswell)
    Guest

    Re: prepaid retail phone suggestions

    Per Phil Schuman:
    >we are looking at some of the retail phones
    >& their plans for Grandma, etc
    >
    >Cingular - Cingular network - gophone
    >T-mobile - T-mobile network to go


    I had three phones on an old Cingular TDMA family plan that cost at total of
    about $60 actual/month for 300 shared minutes.

    Now I have one phone on tMobile's $40/month (probably closer to $50 actual...but
    I haven't seen a bill yet...) and two prepaid phones on tMobile's $100/1,000
    minutes/1-year prepaid plan. The motive for switching was that I wanted the
    portable SIM card feature of GSM phones. I'm pretty sure that what I have now
    is cheaper than what I'd have to have signed up for at Cingular.

    My understanding is that the prepaid phones roam and have no extra charge for
    long distance. Roaming seems to be real, since one is used by a family member
    about 100 miles away.

    I'm in the Philadelphia area and my admittedly fuzzy/anectotal impression is
    that Cingular's coverage was better than tMobile's - but I haven't been carrying
    around a Cingular phone for comparison... Bottom line, though tMobile's seems
    good enough - although barely in my case.
    --
    PeteCresswell



  8. #8
    * * Chas
    Guest

    Re: prepaid retail phone suggestions


    "Bill Radio" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Phil,
    > There is no better source of prepaid phone info than:
    >
    > http://cellguru.net/prepaid_compare.htm


    Great link, thanks

    Chas.





  9. #9
    Fred
    Guest

    Re: prepaid retail phone suggestions

    I'm not sure how much a link like this can be trusted. Cingular may not
    have the greatest prepaid program in the world but this link only mentions
    their 30 & 90 expiration dates and makes no mention of the $100/180 day
    Cingular card.

    Fred

    "Bill Radio" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Phil,
    > There is no better source of prepaid phone info than:
    >
    > http://cellguru.net/prepaid_compare.htm
    >
    > Currently, Cingular's prepaid does not permit roaming off their network,
    > with a few exceptions including those areas where Western Wireless

    provides
    > some roaming.
    >
    >
    > Bill Radio
    > Click for Western U.S. Wireless Reviews at:
    > http://www.mountainwireless.com
    >
    >
    > "Ben" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]
    > > Hi Phil,
    > >
    > > I have been looking too, I don't know of Boost. But here in South

    Florida,
    > > Tmobile has decent coverage in most of the state, and is the cheapest at
    > > 2000 (1000 + 1000 gold rewards) minutes for $100 ($.025/minute with 365

    > days
    > > to use them and no per diem charges).
    > >
    > > So its the cheapest per minute, and there are no costs per day. Any GSM
    > > handset that does 1900, can be used. Incoming text and picture messages

    > are
    > > free ($.10 and .25 outgoing). Roaming in Canada and Mexico are only
    > > $.40/minute extra. I couldn't find if mobile to mobile minutes are free

    on
    > > Tmobile?
    > >
    > > Your two Sprint lines would cost, $100 per year (20 minutes x 12 = 240
    > > minutes, and $20 x 12 = $240), leaving you with 760 minutes to use

    during
    > > the year. The second line would be $200 per year instead of $30 x 12 =
    > > $360, and you would have 4000 minutes instead of 300 x 12 = 3600.

    Looks
    > > like you can save $300 per year on this plan on those two phones alone!
    > >
    > > When my AWS contract is up, I will go this is the way too, I have 4

    phones
    > > and 950 minutes a month, I pay $96 per month with taxes (before taxes
    > > $69.95, $26.05 in taxes and fees!). My minutes cost around $.10 if I use
    > > them all up!
    > >
    > > Tmobile is the better deal, clearly!
    > > --
    > > With good thoughts,
    > > Ben
    > >
    > >
    > > "Phil Schuman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > > > With Mother's day coming up,
    > > > we are looking at some of the retail phones
    > > > & their plans for Grandma, etc
    > > >
    > > > Cingular - Cingular network - gophone
    > > > T-mobile - T-mobile network to go
    > > > Tracfone -
    > > > Net10 -
    > > > Virgin Mobile - Sprint network -
    > > > Boost - Nextel network -
    > > >
    > > > I was wondering which phones overlay which cellular network ?
    > > >
    > > > Can the Boost phones DC with other Nextel phones,
    > > > and even be part of a Nextel DC group ? It looks like it's $1.50 when
    > > > used.
    > > >
    > > > The other consideration is how much money needs to be applied,
    > > > and how often - ie $20 every 30, 45, 60, or 90 days.
    > > >
    > > > Any other general comments about these retail phones that are avail
    > > > at retail places like Target, etc...
    > > >
    > > > We are also looking at potentially reducing the cost of a couple of
    > > > Sprint phones
    > > > in our own house that are currently using the $20 + $30 plans (20mins

    +
    > > > 300mins)
    > > > but total mins = 100 used, along with another phone on the Virgin

    Mobile
    > > > plan.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >






  10. #10
    Russell
    Guest

    Re: prepaid retail phone suggestions


    "* * Chas" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]
    >
    > "Bill Radio" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >> Phil,
    >> There is no better source of prepaid phone info than:
    >>
    >> http://cellguru.net/prepaid_compare.htm

    >
    > Great link, thanks
    >
    > Chas.
    >
    >


    Check out Beyond Wireless at that link at the above link. I have 4 phones
    using their service (and I don't even reside in an area they support).

    Russell





  11. #11
    Dave Markson
    Guest

    Re: prepaid retail phone suggestions

    >I'm not sure how much a link like this can be trusted. Cingular may not
    >have the greatest prepaid program in the world but this link only mentions
    >their 30 & 90 expiration dates and makes no mention of the $100/180 day
    >Cingular card.
    >
    >Fred


    I won't touch the "trusted" part, but I will update my comparison page for the
    $100. It's in the notes (along with the $15 card) since it really does not
    really add much value to the plan. Guess I am going to have to update the plan
    names too. The fact that they both are GoPhone is really confusing.

    --
    Dave
    Visit my New England Cell Phone Page at
    http://www.cellguru.net
    (to reply take out the "remove" in my e-mail)



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