Best Deal on Cell Phone

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I fully realize that I'm moving into dangerous territory. When I suggest what might be the best deal on cell phones. Due to rumor or experience, people can get quite religious about the best deal on cell phones. Coverage maps can help, and a local small mountain can make the best deal on cell phones, a dead deal in your home. Some folks just want straight voice and an occasional SMS (text) message, while others consider the best deal on cell phones something that includes some limited web browsing.

Certainly, some of the best deals out there involve a lengthy contract. Tcat has discussed in other articles at TRCB.com the buying and selling of contracts to find the best deal on cell phones. However, some people are challenged in doing this because they don't have the credit history to qualify taking a contract. Recently I discovered an interesting hybrid option. It is a prepaid plan, (no credit check needed) yet offers unlimited talk time for currently, $2.49 a day. SMS messages either send or receive are currently priced at $.15 per message.

Of course there are a few caveats. The $2.49 fee is billed every day, whether you use the phone or not. You must purchase additional airtime every 120 days from your last replenishment. Some quick math will show you, this means spending about $300 every four months, or $75 a month. Another gotcha is. You will not be able to use the unlimited anytime 24/7 service while roaming. Now before you start thinking this is the great gotcha, negating this best deal on a cell phone, the provider is actually a Verizon reseller. Generally speaking, Verizon is known for having pretty good coverage, while being completely terrible on billing issues.

This can make Verizon, far from the best deal for cell phones, if you have to be battling the billing department all the time. However, by going to a prepaid plan, this inconvenience is removed. PagePlus sells refill cards in the nominations from $10, $25, $50 and $80 (as of the time I have done this research). Adding a balance of any card amount I just mentioned adds 120 service days. Failing to add service days means losing your balance. 30 days after that, you lose your Page Plus phone number.

Of course there is no single solution on a best deal for cell phones. We have different needs and live in different coverage areas.

So if you for example, have a real chatty college student you're supporting, and get burned up that they're using the majority of the families shared minutes, well... This might be a way to control their spending. You could give them a prepaid card covering the unlimited phone coverage. If they wind up running up a tab using the SMS at $.15 a message, let that fall on them. Either way, you're not caught with a nasty surprise at the end of the billing cycle. Once upon a time, Tcat was a Verizon customer. I left them because of their hopelessly fouled up billing system. Of course I know I'm not alone in being fed up with Verizon antics.

And by going prepay with a Verizon reseller, depending on your needs, PagePlus may be your best deal for cell phone.

Tcat Houser is an international author and trainer for technology and applied psychology. He finds that sometimes (not always) his own Internet travel portal at travel4roadwarriors.com gets in the best deals.

 

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