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Cell Phone for a Trip #4524156
09/23/17 04:21 PM
09/23/17 04:21 PM
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Central Texas
sleddriver Offline OP
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Seeking advice on an inexpensive cell phone & carrier for an upcoming trip. (Yes, that's right...never bought a cell phone to date! Last man alive w/o one...). I'll be on the road with someone needing to contact me and me them, from time-to-time.

Trac-phone? Something decent, no "smart" phone at this point. I have a headset to plug into it (if they still have headset jacks...). Coverage may be quite sparse in the Tx. pan-handle.

Suggestions? Advice? Good deals?


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Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524159
09/23/17 04:30 PM
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I have a Trafone, works pretty good.

Phone was $2.49, yes two dollars and forty nine cents...

A year of service was $100.00

Came with 400 minutes of talk time, but look on retailmenot dot com for codes to add 250-400 extra minutes.


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Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524166
09/23/17 04:37 PM
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Have been using Tracfone for a long time. My last phone was $5 from Dollar General. It was not in their ad, but was a bargain on the day I needed a new phone. Today Dollar General has an LG for $12 in their wireless phone ad. You can choose to purchase a short term card or do the annual renewal like I do.

Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524172
09/23/17 04:42 PM
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Been using Tracfone for several years. Just got my mother a nice LG via HSN that came with 1200 min, data and pile of texts, on a one year plan delivered for $80 and the phone will triple any minutes that's added to it for life. You can't buy the minutes etc for this money nor is this option available from Tracfone

Last edited by bioburner; 09/23/17 04:43 PM.


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Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: bioburner] #4524187
09/23/17 05:01 PM
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Hmmm, that is a pretty good deal. Here's the link for it:

https://www.hsn.com/products/lg-rebel-2-4g-lte-5-android-tracfone-w1200-minutes/8452557

I may need to get one.

Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524189
09/23/17 05:03 PM
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Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524192
09/23/17 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted By: sleddriver
(Yes, that's right...never bought a cell phone to date! Last man alive w/o one...).

I have a headset to plug into it (if they still have headset jacks...).


There's always the Motorola Brick:





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Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: SatinSilver] #4524199
09/23/17 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Hmmm, that is a pretty good deal. Here's the link for it:

https://www.hsn.com/products/lg-rebel-2-4g-lte-5-android-tracfone-w1200-minutes/8452557

I may need to get one.


That is a good deal. $60 today. The phone is cdma so it may use the Verizon network. If you don't use a lot of minutes this is a good way to go to have a backup/ emergency phone. Plus it seems like a competent phone running an up to date version of android, it should last you a while.

Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524232
09/23/17 06:06 PM
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I would check the coverage areas of sprint Verizon t mobile and at&t. See what has the best coverage then find a low cost carrier like Consumer Cellular, Boost, tracfone or whoever uses the network with the cheapest and best coverage

Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524234
09/23/17 06:07 PM
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I have a Tracfone. When you travel do not expect it to always connect, there are spots where it simply will not work.


Boy will I be happy when ALL vehicles on public roads are autonomous.


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Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524272
09/23/17 07:16 PM
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We have an ancient Motorola flip phone and a $100 per year plan. It buys so many minutes/year which carry over as long as we renew within the year. We renew a day or two before it expires. The available minutes just keep accumulating. We use it on trips and carry it for emergencies.

It works well enough as a phone. We carry a small lap top on trips for e-mail and internet and have a very good digital camera and a GPS.

We could replace all that for $1000 and a monthly fee, but then we'd have to replace it every 2 or 3 years. So no thanks.


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Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: JimPghPA] #4524289
09/23/17 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted By: JimPghPA
I have a Tracfone. When you travel do not expect it to always connect, there are spots where it simply will not work.


It depends on the carrier you get with Tracfone. Who is your carrier?

Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: ecotourist] #4524292
09/23/17 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted By: ecotourist
We have an ancient Motorola flip phone and a $100 per year plan. It buys so many minutes/year which carry over as long as we renew within the year. We renew a day or two before it expires. The available minutes just keep accumulating. We use it on trips and carry it for emergencies.

It works well enough as a phone. We carry a small lap top on trips for e-mail and internet and have a very good digital camera and a GPS.

We could replace all that for $1000 and a monthly fee, but then we'd have to replace it every 2 or 3 years. So no thanks.
Bingo!

I remembered someone gave me an old flip-phone. Just found it. It's a Moto, silver, on the back it says Tracfone. I plugged in a mini-USB cable and it appears to be charging (orange outline). It also has a headset jack!


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Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524374
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My tracfone model ends in "C" which means Verizon-capable.

When I bought it through their website I typed in my zip code which disallowed some Sprint-only options.

Tracfone also pleasantly surprises buyers with bonus minutes after you buy directly from them. Eg go for 90 days then you might get an option for another 365 for $50. So shoot low!

Re: Cell Phone for a Trip [Re: sleddriver] #4524376
09/23/17 09:59 PM
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Carriers do not always keep up their older "bands" or whatever that older cellphones transmit on. I had a sprint flip phone I was holding on to and the service went downhill drastically all of a sudden, I even activated a brand new copy of the same phone that I had, just to make sure that it wasn't a problem with the handset. I'll never know what the deal was, but it was actually cheaper to update to a new phone and carrier with more minutes, texts, gbs.

Sometimes you have to keep up to date these days if you want stuff to work.

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