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best PrePaid phone plan?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by marty27, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. marty27

    marty27 New Member

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    any votes? i'm thinking about switching to prepaid, seeing as i've got a landline as well.
     
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    It will depend on your usage: amount, coverage, etc. If you want more or less reasonable votes, please tell us a bit more. If you just want votes, let me go get my dice :D
     
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    Easy, the old Alltel prepaid plan that you can't get anymore. :)
     
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    I'll flip through my old bills and tell you my average monthly minutes - but until then, would love to hear from others who really like their plan, etc.
     
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    Here we go:

    I want roughly 200 minutes a month
    I want to spend under $30 a month
    I don't need text messaging or web service
    I'd like to keep my current AT&T phone number
    I'd like to use an unlocked Nokia cell phone
    and I need coverage in Chicago, IL.

    Advice?
     
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    Sounds like AT&T Wireless Pick Your Plan for $29.99 could work for you, even if only by a penny :) It gives you 200 minutes, no contract (although automatic monthly payment is required) and unsed minutes will carry over to the next month.
     
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    T-mobile has a pre-paid service that you can use your unlocked phone on as long as its GSM. You can get 1000 min. for $100.00
    and they are good for a year. That would make it 200 min. for $20.00. You can get smaller min. bundles too.
    Unfortunatally you cannot bring a postpaid number over to T-Mobile pre-paid. But you should get good coverage in Chi-town.
     
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    excellent - I will look into that, thanks.
     
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    Actually, it is possible to port in numbers into T-Mobile To Go. However, some numbers from other carriers are in markets that T-Mobile doesn't service (yet), thus are not able to be ported in. You can call T-Mobile's Porting Department at 1-877-207-8169 to see if your number is able to be ported in or not.

    And yes, I second the suggestion of T-Mobile To Go prepaid (if your area has good T-Mobile coverage).
     
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    If you do go to T-Mobile, Let me know If that port went through. Thanks.
     
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    T-Mobile's Number Transiton Center is amazing. They are able to port a number from almost any carrier, prepaid or not. In some cases, if they don't have a number local to you, they'll get you the nearest number available.

    Porting from AT&T should be a breeze. They need to set up a "regular" T-mobile account to make it work, so expect them to ask for name, address and SSN, but they don't require you to tell the truth since the account is then transferred over to prepaid and most of that info disappears anyway. Of course, stuff happens, so you chances are good, if not 100%.
     
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    Ah-ha. Thats how they can do it. Good to know. So if you already have a T-Mo pre-paid, you wouldn't be able to port in a number to overwrite an existing T-Mo pre-paid number would you?
     
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    Yes you can. I told you they were amazing. My old T-mobile2Go account was over 3 years old and they let me port the new number into that account so I wouldn't lose my $100+ Gold Rewards balance. Read about my experience with my port with T-mobile.
     
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    Sweet!!! That will help me a lot. Thank you!!
     
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    Hey gissele, you have a good point and I agree with you but the original poster, Marty27 had guidelines as listed below that he was looking for. And I thought T-Mobile would be a great fit. I do want to thank you for that link though.That will be helpful.

    I want roughly 200 minutes a month
    I want to spend under $30 a month
    I don't need text messaging or web service
    I'd like to keep my current AT&T phone number
    I'd like to use an unlocked Nokia cell phone
    and I need coverage in Chicago, IL.
     
  16. ComicalMoodyDan

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    You should also consider Net10 and Virgin Mobile. Net10 uses the AT&T network I believe and has a flat calling rate of 10 cents a minute. Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint network and has cheap phones. They are a no contract/no credit check company as well. Virgin has a rate plan for $24.99 a month that offers 200 anytime minutes and 500 Night & Weekend minutes. Just remember Virgin adds about $1.50 a month for "taxes" on the prepaid monthly plan. One $30 card a month though will cover you on Virgin Mobile.
     
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    Hi marty27

    Have you looked in to Cricket wireless. The new Provider
    in Chicago IL. Their 30 dollar plan is perfect: Unlimited minutes for 30 dollars
    Wireless Cell Phone Plan | Cricket Wireless | $30 plan $30

    If you need long distance then its just 5 dollars more and
    you can drop your landline phone.
     
  18. ComicalMoodyDan

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    I really don't think Cricket would fit this user since his usage is so light. Cricket is brand new to Chicago so I'm sure the coverage isn't up to par yet. Also remember that Cricket has restricted calling areas and the phones are gonna be more expensive as well.
     

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