jetblueguy22
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Prepaid Cell Phones

Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:54 pm

Hi,
I have been looking into getting a prepaid cell phone. I want one with a full QWERTY keyboard because I would mostly use it for texting and have really been Looking at Virgin Mobile. Are their any other really good providers out there?
Thanks
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:44 pm

I use Virgin Mobile's prepaid service and I have the switch-back phone. I love it, it has everything I need. The keyboard is great. I've never had any problems with the phone or network. A+

they came out with a new one called the "Wild card"


It looks pretty nice to me.
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:52 pm

Thanks I was looking into the switch back and its good to know that it works well.
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:31 am

I have encountered a few people saying the Al Qaeda phones sometimes have more coverage issues than the non-prepaid ones. My best guess is the phones will only work on their home network. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
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jetblueguy22
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:59 pm



Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 3):
I have encountered a few people saying the Al Qaeda phones sometimes have more coverage issues than the non-prepaid ones. My best guess is the phones will only work on their home network. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

What are you talking about? Sure Al Qaeda uses prepaid cell phone to detonate explosives but what does that have to do with anything?
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:19 pm



Quoting Jetblueguy22 (Reply 4):
What are you talking about? Sure Al Qaeda uses prepaid cell phone to detonate explosives but what does that have to do with anything?
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Haha, that just reminded me of Miss. South Carolina answering a question....

But maybe he/she is trying to say that Al Qaeda's phones are better than the prepaid ones.
 
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:23 pm

I HAD a Sprint phone for a while, but what the salesman told me, and what I actually got (after a call to customer service) were 2 different things. So using Sprint's 30 day money back guarantee, I returned the phone (within 6 hours), cancelled the contract as per their policy, and though that was the end of it. 6 months later, they're still harassing me over a non existent charge (I made only 1 call on the phone to customer service), and proved the phone had been returned and the account cancelled via fax machine. I FINALLY got it resolved just last week when they threatened to have it reflect on my credit report. It took a call from my lawyer to get Sprint to admit they were in error, fax me a letter of apology (stating that the account was paid in full), and resolve the issue. So my advice would be to avoid Sprint at all costs.

Okay, rant off.

I use a Palm 750P smart phone, with a full qwerty keypad, and a huge memory for text messages. I have somewhere in the area of 300 messages stored already. Picture messaging kinda sucks, since it uses Palm based software, but I THINK the windows based 750 might have better picture messaging capabilities.
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:31 am



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 6):
I HAD a Sprint phone for a while, but what the salesman told me, and what I actually got (after a call to customer service) were 2 different things. So using Sprint's 30 day money back guarantee, I returned the phone (within 6 hours), cancelled the contract as per their policy, and though that was the end of it. 6 months later, they're still harassing me over a non existent charge (I made only 1 call on the phone to customer service), and proved the phone had been returned and the account cancelled via fax machine. I FINALLY got it resolved just last week when they threatened to have it reflect on my credit report. It took a call from my lawyer to get Sprint to admit they were in error, fax me a letter of apology (stating that the account was paid in full), and resolve the issue. So my advice would be to avoid Sprint at all costs.

I have a Sprint phone and have had one since 2003 or so. I also helped run an organization that used 12 Sprint/Nextel DirectConnect phones for dispatching. Sprint probably has one of the best networks in the US (my phone has worked in places where friends' Verizon and/or AT&T phones won't work. Sprint also has some of the lowest prices service plans/data plans. However, I agree, customer service on Sprint is awful.
 
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:03 am

Is Virgin Mobile in the US GSM?

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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:05 am



Quoting YOWza (Reply 8):
Is Virgin Mobile in the US GSM?

No. Virgin Mobile in the US piggy backs on the Sprint/Nextel network, which is not GSM
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:51 pm



Quoting Jetblueguy22 (Reply 4):
Sure Al Qaeda uses prepaid cell phone to detonate explosives but what does that have to do with anything?

Huh? To detonate explosives? You watch too many movies.

Actually prepaid phones are the method of choice for communication for terrorists, drug dealers, and anyone else who doesn't want their activity tracked. We get alerts about it all the time at work.

Anyway.. The point is I have heard of the phones having issues with only working on their home network. Something that can be a pain when traveling.
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:58 pm



Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 10):
Anyway.. The point is I have heard of the phones having issues with only working on their home network. Something that can be a pain when traveling.

In my anecdotal experience with an N of 1, I can confirm that. I have a Verizon phone w/ a standard 2-year contract but currently live in an area w/o local Verizon cell service, instead I use Alltel's network. However my GF has a pre-paid Verizon phone but when she is at my place she is roaming. However w/ most of the major national cell phone providers this should not be a problem. I just happen to live in a really small area for whatever regulatory reason that one of the largest cell providers has yet to set up local service.
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jetblueguy22
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RE: Prepaid Cell Phones

Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:25 pm



Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 10):
Huh? To detonate explosives? You watch too many movies.

No. I saw it on the local news and the military channel. They got this guy two years back for buying tons of prepaid phone and shipping them to terrorists. Then the terrorists when a convoy would go buy call the phone and detonate the explosives.
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