Cheapest Cell Phone?

I need a cell phone with minimum features and a low monthly service fee. I just want to make and receive calls, maybe a couple of times daily. Please recommend a phone model and service provider.

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By Ed from DC

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March 25, 20110 found this helpful
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Let me tell you what I have learned from my experience with cell phones.

First let me recommend you buy a phone via the internet or off a friend or family member. Especially if you want a very basic phone, many people upgrade phones and toss their old phone aside. Offer them 10 or 15 bucks for the old phone and they will probably take it. Buying your phone out right eliminates the requirement of having a 2 year contract with your carrier. You just pay month to month.

Second - if you are 65 or older you can get a lower cell plan. It may be fewer minutes but it usually isn't that bad. For example, my father and I used my cell to make calls. When I first acquired our provider we were making 150 to 200 minutes a month. The VERY basic plan was 49.99 a month and it had 450 minutes. I was reading thru the avaiable plans and found out their was a senior plan for 29.99 a month at 250 minutes. More than enough based on past usage. So we switched the phone to my fathers name and got on the senior plan. I still pay the bil but we both still use the phone.

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Now, providers, I had AT&T but when I moved to TN it didn't work in the hoouse and barely worked around outside. My father had a nokia pay as you go phone and it never worked in the house either. We found out by accident that Verizon actually had a signal we could use. So we picked up Verizon. Other benefits of Verizon, the senior plan I mentioned above, calls to other Verizon customers are free (that included just about everyone we knew) and if I am not mistaken some newer models can be used over seas. That you would need to check on for where you want to go.

Also, I think calls to anyone in the evenings and on the weekend are free (no matter what provider or if it is a land line).

Talk to some people you know with cell phones and ask them what providers they have and the type of plans. To be honest, if you know roughly how many minutes you would need a month you could get away with a "pay as you go" phone. You just have to buy minutes for the phone every month and what you don't use is lost. For some people I know this is exactly what they need. One of the phones I have seen advertised and seems like it would be very good in the right areas would be the Jitterbug www.greatcall.com/ But face it, if the phone has no signal in the areas you plan to use it then why bother.

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Just a note - if you have an old cell phone and you keep it charged you can use it to dial 911. You need NO service provider. The AT&T phone and Nokia I mentioned above we keep in the spare cars (with car chargers) in case of emergency.

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March 26, 20110 found this helpful
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I use a tracfone. I paid $15 dollars for the phone and $20 every 3 months for a top up card. The leftover minutes rollover as long as you put a new card on before the old one expires and the phone shows a message that you need to add a card before time is up. The other thing is I get great coverage. My kids have virgin mobile and sprint and in the rural area we live lose reception fairly often where as I have only had 2 short spots along the road where I have lost reception and neither lasted more than 5 seconds as I was driving. (no I wasn't talking, we were on a trip about 400 miles from home checking a college for my son and he was on the phone).

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March 28, 20110 found this helpful
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www.safelinkwireless.com/.../home.aspx
SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers.

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March 28, 20110 found this helpful
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I recommend Tracfone. No monthly fee at all. All you need to do is buy the phone which you may likely find in Walmart, Big Lots, Dollar General, or Walgreens. The features on phones vary, but the last one I bought only has text and talk and cost about $5.00, but I have seen more fully featured phones for around $20.00. After you select your phone, pick up a Tracfone phone card. The cost of these varies depending on how many minutes you want to buy.

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The cheapest is 60 minutes ($19.99). I am not sure what the most expensive is. I have had my tracfone for over a year. Instructions come with the phone to get it set up, but you don't even have to talk to a person to get it charged and set up. It's all automated. I like knowing that there is NO bill. When my minutes are up (which is about every six to eight weeks for me), then I just get another minutes card.

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March 25, 20110 found this helpful

Tracfone has ABSOLUTELY no monthly service fee. You only pay for your minutes. My own Tracfone doesn't have a lot of extra features. You can buy one at many of the dollar stores.

Here is their website: http://www.tracfone.com

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March 26, 20110 found this helpful

I also use tracfone, and highly recommend it. Inexpensive, no contract; and if something happened that made me need a contract, I won't lose anything.

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It is also a great plan for teens--you can provide the basics, and they have to pay for extra.

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March 26, 20110 found this helpful

In the UK major supermarket Asda/Walmart sells mobile phones, here text 4p per text calls 8p per minute most of the major networks charge 35p-45p per min. Pay as you go...buy the handset basic ones are cheap then buy a Sim card of your choice choose a network charge the phone register and away you go.
Good luck

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March 28, 20110 found this helpful

If you are in the US, check out www.consumercellular.com. You can get the basic service for $10 per month and a free phone as well. You can check to see if your area is covered.

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December 29, 20110 found this helpful

I use Boost cell phone for mostly emergency in my car, since I use the plan for paying $10 or more for every 3 months, and all of the gas stations by me will load my cell for me, and only a nominal charge for doing that. Since I hardly ever use it, and since I do have to pay $10 or more every 3 months, I keep getting more accrued, but, it has helped me before when electricity was out for a couple of days, and my cell phone was very handy then also.

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December 29, 20110 found this helpful

We hooked up with Consumer Cellular almost a year ago and have been completely satisfied. We got 2 phones & 2400 minutes for $70.00 per month. The quote above is incorrect. The phone for the person starting the plan is free and the additional one costs $10.00.

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They worked with us in setting our billing cycle around my pay schedule also, which ATT did not. Also there is no contract with Consumer.
Hope this helps.

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