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the Price of Pay by the Minute Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

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$ 20
Aug 2006
Van Wert, Ohio
No-contract cell phone with 30 initial minutes  more... close row

Description of service

My husband purchased a no-contract cell phone with 30 initial minutes through a well-known prepaid wireless company. Additional minutes were buy-as-you-go.

Review of Service

The service is acceptable; but there are black areas where the service drops without warning. In addition, those minutes add up faster than you can even begin to count; in a single 20 minute conversation, you can decimate 2/3 of the minutes with which the phone comes. To buy additional minutes, you spent 30 to 50 cents per minute. This allowed three additional conversations. My recommendation would be that, unless you are planning not to use this phone except in the case of a life-threatening emergency, don't use a no-contract phone or prepaid minutes. These are expensive and not at all worth the expense.


*Don't use the phone unless it is an emergency

* If you want a phone that you can actually use for talking, consider getting a regular contract with a low monthly minute limit; many of these are at least as reasonable.

* Don't buy small numbers of additional minutes; most offer additional discounts for higher numbers of minutes purchased; again, even a single emergency could require a 15 minute phone call - and nothing would be worse than having your phone shut off in the middle of an emergency because you are out of minutes!

$ 100
Aug 2007
Phoenix, AZ
Prepaid cell plan   more... close row
$ 20
Apr 2008
Clarksburg, WV
18 Cents per minute prepaid  more... close row
$ 30
Mar 2008
Fargo, ND
Phone and 300 prepaid minutes  more... close row
$ 45
Feb 2008
Fall River, MA
Phone and 60 prepaid minutes  more... close row
$ 1
Apr 2008
Ashland, Ky
Daily rate for moblie access  more... close row
$ 0
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$ 150
Jan 2008
Augusta, GA
Prepaid wireless service  more... close row
$ 80
Jan 2008
Acton, Maine
Prepaid subscription for double minutes  more... close row
$ 20
Apr 2008
Newark, Delaware
Cheap prepaid mobile minutes  more... close row
$ 20
Mar 2008
Athens ohio
Prepaid mobile using cards purchased in stores  more... close row