US Cellular vs. no contract phone?

@snowcat46 (2322)
United States
March 23, 2009 1:57pm CST
We're trying to cut costs. But we've heard so much bad stuff about no contract phones. The kind you buy, get minutes separate from it, and pay ahead of time. I've heard there are all kinds of hidden costs. But these are rumors, and I want the truth. So is there anyone out there who's tried both? Do you get awful reception with no contract? Are there hidden costs? Which one might be the best?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
24 Mar 09
the only kind of cell phone i have ever had is one you have to buy minutes, i have never had a bit of problem w/it. one of my sons gave it to me for christmas a few years back.
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@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
24 Mar 09
No contract? No hidden costs? What kind is it? How much does it run you, approximately, per month?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
25 Mar 09
it is a nokia. the only thing u have to do is add money every month to your account, that totally depends on how much u want to add. the cards start at $15 & go way on up thre. i took my long distance srvice off my regulae phone & use the cell to nake long distance calls. i use my cell phone very little.
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@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
28 Mar 09
Thanks!
@ShellyB (5243)
• United States
23 Mar 09
I have only have experience with prepaid. I have Virgin Mobile, I was warned before by Virgin Mobile that I would not have complete coverage all the time everywhere I live, they did not lie to me. With the exception for a few dropped calls (mostly at home, of all places) I am ok with the service as I text more than call. I have a prepaid plan with them and this is what it gets me: For 35.90 I get 200 anytime minutes (plus 105 free minutes if I used a credit card or paypal to pay for my prepaid plan vs cash) I get 500 nights/weekends starting at 7:00 p.m I get unlimited texting. For virgin mobile and to me this is their best value considering the same company has 200 minutes (roll over-prepaid plan does not have rollover) for 20 And unlimited for 20 as well. I get with the prepaid plan at 24.99 plus unlimited text for 10 saving me money plus the bonus of having 500 minutes for weekends and nights. Now with the way I used the cell phone and how my credit is this is my best plan to me. I will recommend Virgin Mobile for prepaid also minute by minute, at 20 cents per minute (included voicemail, call waiting, caller id) that is all you will pay, if your usage is small it will not break the bank. Verizon has prepaid with free weekends and nights, several neat packages but you must pay minute by minute and an extra on the days you use it anytime (it can be 99 and up, depending on this, it is how many services you will get)
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@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
23 Mar 09
Thanks for all this information! I'll look into it. Gotta wait till the contract is up, but I'm definitely going to be discussing Virgin and Jingle with my hubs! Contract or no, we may dump it anyways.
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
24 Mar 09
Thanks!
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
23 Mar 09
I get the same reception. I buy minutes for my phones. My phone at home cost more per minute by buying them, but I hardly use it and don't want a contract. My American phone costs $1 a day if I use the phone. That's $30 a month if I were to talk every day. That would be a huge hidden cost. But since I know about it and choose it, I don't mind. I am only in the States a few weeks a year, so it works out to be the cheapest. My parents are thinking of changing their cell phones to something called Jingle. It's a bare bones package that you can only make and receive calls. No texting, cool ring tones or other things they don't use anyway. If that was available here I might consider it.
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@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
23 Mar 09
That's all we do is make and receive calls. Is Jingle in the States? I haven't heard of it before.
• Israel
23 Mar 09
It's in the States. My parents are in Southern California. Jingle is marketed towards seniors who don't want or need all the fancy things in a phone.
@ShellyB (5243)
• United States
23 Mar 09
Is that the Jitterbug? I personally do not like, the cell is too expensive for what they get, 100 or so I hear, I am not sure about the plans, it seems expensive last time I look them up.
@Darkwing (21588)
26 Mar 09
I've always used a Pay as you Go phone, and there are no hidden costs unless you put them on there yourself, like news on your local football team, ringtone downloads, etc etc. These are special services which you have to pay for but are not really required. Anything else is charged at the normal rate. I even got free weekend texts on mine, all month, just for topping it up by £10! I don't think you can grumble at that, huh? Brightest Blessings, my friend.
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
28 Mar 09
Thanks for all the information. I'm really leaning towards going that way instead of paying $80 every month!
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@Darkwing (21588)
28 Mar 09
You're welcome. The way I look at it, $80 a month gives you nothing free! lol.