Do you have a cellphone plan, or pay as you go?

@nixxi76 (3192)
Canada
April 27, 2008 3:45pm CST
Do you have a plan for your cellphone, or do you own a pay as you go? Myself? I owned a pay as you go. I am use to this way because I've been using this type of plan for years now probably 10 years or so. I love that there is no monthly bill that show up in the mail, and no secret small print that you have to sign for in the contract. I like the one time fee and no yearly contract that you have to go on. I think the only thing about pay as you go I dislike is that they don't have much good variety. I've heard that you can buy any cellphone and transform it to pay as you go but when I've asked outlets that sell these handy phones, they tell me only certain phones you can do that to.. not all.
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@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I have a cell phone plan and have for years. I make the mistake of renewing my contract when I need an updated phone. Now, I have changed my plan again, to unlimited everything on my main phone, to 200 minutes on hubby's phone plus unlimited cell to cell, and then my internet card for my computer is also on my bill. Now, my son has a pay by the month plan, so he has to come up with the money to pay for his bill every month. He likes the texting, call waiting, ect. I did try this plan, but I didn't like the service and the dropped calls, where my son is mostly the texting and doesn't talk much on the phone.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
I've also heard of the unlimited cell to cell plan and I think that's really great to have.. if I'm not mistaken, is that when you can talk to your family on your top lists for free or pay a certain amount a month for the service? I don't text all that much myself but I have a pay as you go and sometimes my cellphone provider leaves messages when you go to add minutes telling you the latest features and fees incase you are interested in purchasing them. The last two times I bought evolve prepaid cards (I believe it was two times ago) I heard my cellphone provider's message and they said as of March 2008 texting messages would be increasing with their fees from $0.15 to $0.20. Good thing I don't text at all that much but if I did I wouldn't be too happy! Thanks for your comment kaysue
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
29 Apr 08
Well with my provider you pay 5 dollars for unlimited cell to cell with anyone on that provider. I need to get new phones, so I ended up renewing until 2010! I wanted to do away with the one cell phone because we can hardly afford what we have now, but they get you no matter what.
• United States
27 Apr 08
I have just 3 months ago gotten my first cell phone on a plan. before that I had a pay as you go but now that I am 18 my mom got me a new phone with a plan so i can learn to pay a bill on time.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Are you finding your services are better with a plan or did you like the pay as you go phone?
• United States
29 Apr 08
eh the prepaid was ok but I didn't really care for it when I started wanting to do more with my phone. Having a plan is allot nicer for me because then I have more options of what i can do with my phone. but I prepaid is a very good choice for first phones of for those with low income who can't afford a monthly bill.
@minnie_98214 (10574)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I have a plan and like it that way. I also like my provider as we have a month to month contract so I can cancel at anytime I want to.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
28 Apr 08
I've never come across a month to month plan and I think this is a perfect idea for a phone supplier. I am going to ask around for this next time I'm near an outlet that has cellphones. Thank you minnie for the idea
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• United States
28 Apr 08
No problem I am with Sprint if you can get them they do the month by month contracts.
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@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
29 Apr 08
Nope, I don't have cellphone plan. I prefer buying a prepaid card for it. In that way, I can really limit the use of my account. hehe. Cheers!
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Thanks for your comment!
@busta1baby (1238)
• United States
28 Apr 08
a cell fone plan
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Thanks for your response
@aswinbio (174)
• India
28 Apr 08
i do have a cell phone and geta prepaid card so that we can have a control over it...
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Thanks for your comment
• United States
28 Apr 08
I have a plan service. I have thought about switching to payas you go, but am uncertain about it. My plan is working out pretty good. I have had it for years, but I can't get a signal where I live so I only use it when I'm out somewhere. At this point a pay as you go plan would probably be better for me.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Well sharkbiter, if you do decide to get a pay as you go, just ask them questions about how well the signal is and how far they run through your state or province. Either pay as you go or a total different cellphone company all together? Thanks for your comment
• Philippines
28 Apr 08
i want to control my spending so i only have prepaid card for my phone
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Hi asawanialvin, Thanks for your comment
• United States
28 Apr 08
I have a pay as you go plan. my phone isnt all pretty and pink with jewels on it BUT it does so me what i want so i dont complain. I have the alltelu plan. i have an lg ax145 for my phone. for 30 dollars a month i get unlimited text messaging to any carrier,free nights and weekends, and free alltel to alltel calling. of course i do have to pay alittle extra if i want to use my phone during the weekdays.before 9pm. but i only use that for emergencys because if i wanna talk to someone i can text them for free instead:D. www.alltelu.com if i go there to reload money. i get 60 extra bonus minutes. and the minutes last forever. (when you get mminutes) and not use money anyways.6 minutes last new 2 weeks not bad:)..
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Hi mikeswifey long time no chat nice to hear from you again I looked on this website you left for me to browse and I noticed a phone there for $9.99? Is that for real? Wow if it is!! It looks like a really nice phone! I don't believe this alltelu is a Canadian cellphone provider unfortunitly because I've never heard of it before, but I'm wondering if they let Canadians buy them because I love most of their phones then get a company to hook me up here? I think it's something definitly positive to look into. Thanks for the information and have a great day!
@chas1808 (20)
• United States
28 Apr 08
i have a pay as you go with corr all u have to pay is 20 dol for 10 days no matter how much u use it. the only thing i dont like about it is that you cnat call out of state on it and you cant go down past birmigham with it and im not sure how far up i can go(fyi i live in alabama).
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
hi chas, My pay as you go phone is actually pretty good for going distances.. I've never tested it while travelling because I never get to go on vacations or travel due to my busy work schedule. Yeah pay as you go is good for setting a limit on how much you want to spend and what I usually spend is $15.00 and that lasts me a whole month but what's bad about that is they do have an expire date which is silly because it's not food lol
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I have a cellphone plan my husband and I share the minutes on our phone we have neve gone over the mintues so we just pay one set price. I am going to get my son a cell phone for his birthday but I am going to start him on a pay as you go phone to see how he does with it before adding him to my plan.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
That's such a nice gift to give your son, I'm sure he's going to love that! I have a friend, and she bought this cellphone where she had to pay for the phone and she spent $100.00 and the minutes were unlimited for a whole year! Isn't that unbelievable? She bought the cellphone from 7-11. She bought herself another pay as you go phone but keeps this other one for backup uses.
• United States
27 Apr 08
I had pay as you go, tracphone for years and years, and was perfectly happy with both the price and the service. Then when I met my husband, he just used the cell way too much for it to be cost effective, so we got Sprint, and we had to keep it for 3 yrs. I didnt like it at all, the signals were terrible and it wasnt worth what we paid. We now have Alltell and so far so good. We get great service, and signals, and the price is decent.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Hi melissaruth, I know exactly what you're talking about and I had that happen when I bought a cellphone from 7-11 called a Fido phone it was pay as you go and it was terrible when it came to signals! I lived in a city at the time when I bought it, and it worked fine there.. but... when I had to go visit my mom out of town say 1/2 hour away from my apartment, when I got half way there I had no signal or service so I discontinued with Fido and then hooked up with Rogers. Again, the tours were bad and I found myself getting cut off from calls and distance was not that great when it came to making or receiving a call. I'm finally on pay as you go with MTS and it's been great and I have not yet had a problem with signals. When I got this phone I asked the cellphone seller at the MTS outlet why cellphones did this and how good my signal would be for that particular phone I was going to purchase. It's just something I've learned to do is ask about that when I'm going to buy a new cellphone. He told me that there are holes between towers and when your signal falls into them, that's when you get cut off.. Thought you would like to know
@danielsm (50)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Nahhh I have a plan that I pay by its a lot easier and I know what i am gonna pay wether I use my phone alot or not. I like the pal where you can talk to people with your same phone company or family that way I can talk to friends and family wihtout end you know what I mean. I wont have to worry about the bill coming in way over my head and me not being able to pay it or having to not pay something else. Some companies I think need to warn you and give oyu a call when your like at 100 dollars or so that way you wont keep goign higher and have to ruin your credit. Just like a credit card when you max it out. Once the bills come paying the mnimumum will not help becuase interest is basically what you are paying it and its just keeps coming and coming.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
hi danielsm, You should mention your idea to your cellphone supplier about asking them to give you a call when you've reached a certain amount of money on your bill and see what they say or I'm wondering if customers that buy their phones will just do it because it's a request? I've never heard of this but I think it's a really great idea and yes same with credit cards forsure! Thanks for sharing your thoughts
@ssharma5 (11)
• India
27 Apr 08
As in India prepaid phones are more popular so i m also using prepaid connection......in it u can control ur cost...
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
28 Apr 08
Yes I agree that you can control your cost and that's really good thing about this type of plan! Thanks for your comment ssharma
• United States
27 Apr 08
i have sprint and a monthly plan i pay for 750 minutes $39.99 ( that's a plan ive had since 2002) mobile to mobile is $5.00 $10.00 for pcs vision and $7.00 for insurance. i also have thier internet card for $59.99 a month. i usually dont go over my minutes so my bill is pretty much set every month. i rather have a monthly plan then a pay as u go.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
27 Apr 08
That sounds like a reasonable plan wandalie. I am so use to having a pay as you go for many years now but sometimes I do wish that I had a plan which I can't get due to bad credit history which I'm fixing now so maybe sometime in the future I'll be able to. A plan I'm guessing would be nice because then you don't have to worry about running out of minutes and it's a nice reliable way to keep a phone! Thanks for your thoughts