Prepaid Cellular & TracFone Wireless Phones - is it a good idea?

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What are the Pros and Cons? How to get it cheaper? Find the sources, advantages and disadvantages of prepaid cellular.

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Personally I love prepaid cellular.

1) It is the most cost effective low-usage cellular service. For less than $8/month my parents and wife can carry a activated cellular phones. (Honest, my wife uses almost no airtime!).[$8 per month, How?]

2) It is the best for users on a tight budget and is the easiest to control costs. No huge phone bills - the phone tells you the remaining minutes, buy only the minutes you can afford.

Availability - TracFone prepaid wireless is available online and in major retailers.  

 Available from, Wal*tracfone prepaid cellualrMart, Amazon, Kmart

Pro / Con - Is prepaid wireless a good idea?

Prepaid Cellular Advantages

· Prepaid Cellular Wireless service requires No contracts, No credit check, No deposits and No monthly bills.

· No monthly service charge, prepaid cellular is pay-as-you-go so that you control your costs.

· Phone monitors usage and warns you when you are low. No unexpected overuse and surprise bills.

·  Digital service includes free voice mail, free caller ID and free call waiting.

Prepaid Cellular Cautions

· Per minute rates can be higher than traditional cellular during off-peak times.

· Prepaid minutes expire if unused for a period of time.

· If you let the service expire you may be issued a new phone number next time you buy time and activate.

Why TracFone?

TracFone currently sells the very popular Nokia Series digital cell phone.

TracFone offers its customers the highest rated customer service in the wireless industry (source: Planet Feedback, 2002).

TracFone has the largest digital coverage area in the U.S.

Additional TracFone minutes available at major retailers, by phone and online, it is easy to add time anywhere.

TracFone has No activation fee, No age limit, No credit card requirement and No monthly fee.

Additional Prepaid Cellular Information:

University of Oregon prepaid cellular article

TracFone prepaid cellular website

How I gave my folks a $8/month Cellular phone for emergancies!
Go to the TracFone web site and look at the plans priced around $95-99. They will usually have special combo that includes a 1 year wireless service card plus a free phone. I paid $94.99 which averages out to $7.92 a month.

Fixed Price Cellular

Another alternative to keep your cellular phone bill under control.

Metro PCS - Unlimited local calls, anytime you want. Only $35 a month. No Contract


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