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Poll: Have you ever purchased a 'ready to use' pre-paid phone.

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by JFB, Aug 5, 2011.

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Have you ever bought a 'ready to use' pre-paid phone?

  1. YES - I bought one for myself.

    9 vote(s)
    56.3%
  2. YES - I bought one for someone else.

    1 vote(s)
    6.3%
  3. NO, never bought one.

    6 vote(s)
    37.5%
  1. JFB

    JFB Gold Senior Member
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    I'm talking about those off-the-shelf pre-paid phones in stores that come with minutes and are ready to use.

    Have you ever bought one?

    I see them all the time in convenience stores like 7-11 and places like Walmart, but have never bought one my self.
     
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  2. COtech

    COtech Bronze Senior Member
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    I purchased a AT&T Mobility "Go Phone" about a year and half ago for my underemployed brother-in-law. After about four months of buying refills, I added him to our family plan.

    I did get it with no ID display required at point of purchase.

    COtech
     
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  3. Jay2TheRescue

    Jay2TheRescue Resident Spamslayer
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    My mom used to buy tracphones. The family got tired of never being able to hear her clearly on the phone (when she even had service at all). Eventually I threw her on a family plan with my line, and for $9.99/mo she has a phone that works, with more minutes than she'll ever use.
     
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  4. QLR

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    I have bought several off the shelf, mainly T-Mobile and AT&T. For myself, of course, so I can test out the networks. I mostly buy them from Best Buy, but I also bought some from Wal-Mart and Radio Shack.
     
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  5. Simon5282

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    Thats all I buy. Got sick of the carriers garbage, and don't trust them, so I switched to Prepaid only. Back home, in the states I used ATT GoPhone, Virgin, and T-Mobile, all bought at Walmart. Went to Korea and used KT (but theirs you had to show ID because of the Government) and now in the UK I use O2 I picked up from ASDA, a store owned by the great company of Walmart!
     
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    I have bought a few (AT&T and T-Mobile) in the past to check coverage and to have a backup phone on a different network.
     
  7. Gamer03

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    I bought a TracFone from Walmart a few years ago that used AT&T's network so I could compare AT&T and Verizon's coverage on a road trip.
     
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  8. dmapr

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    Nope, never. Bought several AT&T prepaid phones off the AT&T web site, a few prepaid SIMs on eBay and some global roaming SIMs, but never one of those packages.
     
  9. JFB

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    I never knew people bought them to test out the coverage of the carriers....interesting.
     
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  10. Blue4Life

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    Wirelessly posted (Opera/9.80 (S60; SymbOS; Opera Mobi/SYB-1103231405; U; en-US) Presto/2.7.81 Version/11.00)

    I've purchased a few of those packages (Cingular & T-Mobile) to test their networks and as a source for easy-to-unlock GSM phones that my girlfriend & I could use with our old blue AT&T Wireless sim cards (no longer active). They also work well with my new magenta sims. ;)
     
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  11. dmapr

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    Magenta SIMs, huh? Good for you -- especially if it works out to be a lower price access to a bigger network a few months down the road :)
     

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