Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Cell Phones

I want to get a cell phone for Todd....like today...before he leaves for his grandpa's. So I go to the Cingular store, thinking I'll get an "add another line for $9.99", bare-bones kind of plan, since I don't think he'll talk on it much.....

It's gonna double my bill every month!

Another option is to go with that new pre-pay plan....but of course I don't think there's any real way to compare costs (they do it that way on purpose...making it all so confusing that you don't really know what you're paying until you get the bill!!).....

So, I'm wondering, how do I get the best deal on cell phone service? Will it be any different if I go somewhere else?

AARRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

5 comments:

Drew Hibbard said...

I don't know the way Cingular has it, but the way US Cellular has it is you have a main plan with all the minutes and then you pay more for each phone that you add to the account. Each phone will all pull from the minutes of that main plan.

So, theoretically, you should be able to add a new phone without it doubling your bill. They might do something different, though.

Jeffffffffffffffff said...

I just ordered a tracphone for myself, since I've been surviving on IM, email, and landlines I shouldn't need a cell phone for too much (probably famous last words) but I got a half way decent prepaid phone through Tracphone with 300 mins and service for a year for about $140. plus I'll probably get another 200 mins through promotional offers for free. I'll find out how well it works when I get it of course, but my parents have one and it seems to work well for them. I've done a lot of research on cell phones, and for a light user this seems to be the cheapest way to go.

dangittj said...

If he will not be using his phone much, prepay is the way to go. Virginmobile has it set up so that the first 10 minutes a day are 25 cents, then after that they cost 10 cents.

The cheapest phone they have is 30 bucks, which isnt bad.

It looks like cingular makes you change your plan completely in order to add a line. Suck....

Verizon is 700 minutes with two lines for 70 bucks. I think they used to have a 500 minute plan, but i guess they got rid of that one.

Prepay might be your best bet. You do have to put 30 bucks the phone every 90 days, but he can use it spordically then bank up minutes for when he is on a trip or needs the phone.

Hal Waggoner Jr. said...

I know we (my family) has cingular and it operates similarly to the way Drew said. But we may also have a different plan than you...

gretchen lee said...

Thanks for your help, guys! He got a pre-pay phone, and is currently in training to join the 21st Century....if you'd like to help him in his cell-phone boot camp, you can call him 891-7702!