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Discussion in 'Central US Wireless Forum' started by Shizam76, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. Shizam76

    Shizam76 Shizam! Babyyyyy!
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    I recently saw some Net10 prepaid phones at the store....advertising 10 cents anytime anywhere including roaming.

    Anyone have more info than is offered on the website? How does Net10 work? I'm interested to find out what carrier(s) it operates on......

    Also...anyone use Net10? How is it?
     
  2. Gamer03

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    Well I use Tracfone (I think they own Net10), and I primarily use Cingular Orange. Up on my campus, I use Cingular Blue. There service is great and your phone displays how many minutes you have left and then deducts them according to how long you are on your call. The display also shows when your airtime card expires. ;)
     
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  3. Shizam76

    Shizam76 Shizam! Babyyyyy!
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    Oh cool....how do you know blue/orange, etc? Does the display say?

    Net10 coverage map looks kind of like Cingular's map too :headscrat
     
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    No. I read on the forum to either dial 611 from your phone or dial a bogus number.

    I wish my local Wal-Mart had Net10 Wireless. Because I would have gotten that before Tracfone, but they didn't. :(

    Are you thinking of getting the phone for you or for someone else?
     
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  5. Shizam76

    Shizam76 Shizam! Babyyyyy!
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    Neither, really. I was looking to snatch a prepaid phone at a cheap price for a backup "in case" something happens to my other phone......the girlfriends 6340i...there have been a couple of "almosts" and I didn't want her to be without a phone if she kills it. I saw those net10 phones and got curious about them.
     
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    You realize that you're going to be paying a min of $30/mo for Net10.
    Don't you?
     
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    I'm not interested in Net10 service really....just the phones
     
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    Then what attracts you to the phones if you're not interested in the service? Can't use one without the other.
     
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    correct, Net10 phones are SIM-locked, SP-locked and run a customized firmware. No way in heck you're using those with anything but Net10.
     
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  10. Shizam76

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    Dang it....it would have made for a decent backup :(
     
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    Shizam do you have any 7-11s in your area? Speakout phones come completely unlocked. The Nokia 1100 is $40. But just remember that if you have a new Cingular 64K SIM older and non Cingular phones may not work with them.
     
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    Not really.....I'd have to go almost into the city of Chicago to find one.

    I have an older 32k sim :D
     
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    Speakout phones are unlocked?

    Budney, do you know if they sell any tri-band phones? Or do they just sell dual band (850/1900) Mhz phones.
     
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    Hey there,

    I'm a newbie here, but I just ordered a Net10 phone and was hoping that this statement is just out-dated. According to everything I read before I ordered was that a $30 card will last for 60 days, which would be only $30 every two months or $15/mo. depending on how you wanna look at it. I didn't read that you had to order something every month, but I coulda missed something...wouldn't be the first time. :loony: I'd appreciate any more info on Net 10 though. Thanks! :biggrin:
     
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    You are correct. Just $30 for 60 days. You don't have to do anything else, to keep the service active.
     
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    A local website in my area (Syraction.com) has a review posted for net10 that looks fairly unbiased. It's at http://syraction.com/net10.htm . It says something about net10 using the same network as Tracfone.
     
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    I just tried to Net10. My phone wouldn't work and they refused to fix it told me to wait 24 hours..Heck with that I switched to Cingular go phone for a back up phone!! I like the coverage and clarity of the calls so far!!
     
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    Net 10 and TracFone - YUCK!!!

    See if you are in an area that can get T-MobileToGo - Much Better!
     
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    I want to buy an unlocked RAZR online. I am wondering if I would be able to take out the SIM card from my current net-10 phone and put it in the RAZR, and get the RAZR to work with the net10 service.

    Since Net10 uses GSM, this should work, right?
     
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    I believe they are locked to only the Net 10 phones if they are anything like the Tracphones you would not be able to do that unless possibly if it was another Net10 phone.
    The above posters noted that these are locked phones.
     
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    What if I went to the store and bought a net10 phone, and as soon as I opened the packaging, instead of putting the SIM card into that phone, I put it into my own unlocked phone.


    Wouldn't that work?
     
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    Moving this quote from above posts
     
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    As many people will tell you Net10 and TracFone use phones that have "proprietary" firmware and this means that even if they are GSM phones you cannot use any phone with their service. Net10 even has different phones than TracFone even though they are marketed by the same company. If you wish to use a GSM phone you need to use it on a compatible network such as AT&T or T-Mobile.
     
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    Nope. Net10 and TracFone uses phones with proprietary firmware. You can only use Net10 SIMs with Net10 phones. Same goes for TracFone.
     

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