Pre-Paid cell phones?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Freaky Fender, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. I'm thinking of asking for one for my birthday...

    how do these work? do you buy calling cards or do you get a certain number of minutes with the phone when you buy it?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    A card has a certain amount of $$ on it, e.g. 20$.
    Any call you make is substracted from that until it's empty. Then you need to buy a new one. Usually the tariff has certain times of the day when it's cheaper etc.
    You can't overdraw but people can still call you when it's empty. You can still also call 911 (at least in Germany).

    Usually, when you buy a phone you get a first card with a smaller amount, e.g. 20$ or so.

    There should be some online sites that help you pick the best for you.
  3. Mickey Shane

    Mickey Shane what goes here?

    Feb 23, 2003
    Denton, Texas
    I use one of those Freaky. Pre-paid cards are needed every 45 days. Or you can buy time on the website with a credit card. Any unused time is carried over to the next 45 day period if you buy more time before the 45 days run out.

    That's the tricky part. If you forget when you need to update your time, your phone will be turned off and you will lose all of your unused time.

    It works well for me. I don't use mine much and can get by on $10-$25 every month and a half.

    You just reminded me... I need to call and check on my current date.
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Wow, I didn't know it's that different over here.

    In Germany it's money-based, not time-based and it doesn't run out after some time.
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I had some 'issues' with AT&T local service for about a month (went thru 3 new sets of #s and have about 6 month free service because of almost 30 days without a phone... and I just got a refund check on the old account :rolleyes: ) and needed a quick solution.

    I picked up a $49 Tracfone at my local Walmart plus a $25 60 minute card.

    every 90 days you need to buy a new card, needed or not... but the minutes always carry if you've got them left. It comes with voicemail and it seems to grab the strongest carrier when you go thru activating (I've got a cingular # and voicemail).

    It's very overpriced but great for emergency and minimal use.
  6. i'm thinking of going with the AT&T.. does anyone have experience with those virgin mobile cell phones?
  7. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    I've got the Virgin Mobile Prepaid phone. I got the cheapest phone they have-i think it's called [their words] "The Party Animal" in other words it's cheap. The money part is: all minutes are .25 until you reach 10 mins into the day and then they are .10 . As far as topping up, you have 90 days from the last time you put money on it. Try to learn some more information. I like mine since i rarely use it. For me, a monthly plan doesn't make any sense what so ever. I put $20 on it last time i topped up and that was back in May. I have till August 7th to get more money on it. I still have $12.55 on it. Also, you can receive text messages for free while it costs .10 per message to send them. If you have any other questions-either ask them on here or IM me on AIM. That's all
  8. with the AT&T phone, do the minutes apply only to outgoing calls, or all calls coming to or from your cell phone?
  9. I would assume all calls wheter they are inbound or outbound. Thats how pretty much all cell phones are.

  10. the overlooked

    the overlooked Guest

    Jun 8, 2003
    your guys phones are complicated. i have a prepaid one i bought myself.. they activiate it in the store and do everything there so it works when you leave.. and you just buy cards with a certain number of minutes on them.
  11. Go cricket man, its what I got. None of this hasle of having to buy cards, activate them and then running out of minutes in the middle of a conversation.
  12. I used to work at a cell phone store and we sold a lot of brands.

    Do not get prepaid unless you have to or you are planning on using very little minutes. Prepaid is a big rip off. Look at a regular cell phone plan and do the ratio between minutes to dollars. Then do the same for prepaid. yeah... Bad news right. You usually also loose free nights and weekends and such.

    If you don't have credit not a bad way to get started.

    you can buy cell phones on ebay for cheap! then get a plan. or if you can't get a prepaid.

    All prepaids that I have worked with charge you for incoming and outgoing just like a regular cell phone.

    Hope that helped
  13. i think i'll rarly use it, i just have to do some more research on it
  14. the overlooked

    the overlooked Guest

    Jun 8, 2003
    prepaids are great if youre just using it to call check in with your parents or call someone where theres no payphone or use it for quick phone calls.. but if youre gonna use it alot, like a few hours a nite or whatever.. dont get it.. way too expensive
  15. no way, if anything, I might call my friends for like 5 minutes or something when i'm bored or something like that, but i never talk on the phone for a night
  16. the overlooked

    the overlooked Guest

    Jun 8, 2003
    yeah.. then prepaid would be for you. the only time id be on for mor ethen 10 minuites is if im camping or soem **** and im boredout of my mind and i wanna call someone
  17. does anyone have any experience with AT&T prepaid phone? like the "Free2Go" plan? I'm really starting to look at that seriously
  18. I use the Virgin phone too, "Party Animal", the cheapest one. I am a low usage person, so it suits me just fine.