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Old 11-01-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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Cell phone users (question)

I do not use cells phone, but my sister gave me her old one, minus the syms card. My question is could I purchase a syms card from any cell company? I am only using this as a temporary phone. I plan on buying a prepaid phone card if that would work after purchasing the syms card? This is temporary until and/ or if our phone service is interrupted when we move.

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Old 11-01-2007, 09:11 PM   #2
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No, you cannot buy just a sims card. Generally the sims card is the heart and soul of a phone. My suggestion, go get a Virgin mobile phone for $30 and a minutes card. Use it up as you need it. They are one of the few carriers that are cheap and don't penalize you for not using the phone each month.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:50 PM   #3
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depends if her old phone is locked or not, if the phone is locked you can only get a sim from the provider she was with, otherwise choose the provider that gives u the best value for what u need. eg free minutes, discounted calls to certain numbers etc. all depends on what u want
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99% of carriers will not let you bring a phone from another carrier to their service. I say 99% because I haven't tried all carriers but I've researched a boatload. I've never found one that lets you bring a cellphone with you. That's usually the kicker is they make you buy a phone.
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We paid $10 each for Motorola TracFones at Dollar General (on sale, reg. $15 or $20) and then got our activation cards at Wal-Mart. You can buy as few or as many minutes as you want. We can't chat all day on them, since we would lose our minutes too fast that way, but if this is just a temporary measure, I would suggest going with a TracFone.

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Old 11-01-2007, 10:24 PM   #6
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Buck and I have had a TracPhone for 3 years and can't say enough good about it. We are not "phone" people and don't have a phone attached to our ears 24/7. We use it when we are traveling apart from each other. It's been helpful when my car crapped out on me about 3 weeks ago.

It's quite inexpensive and we are paid up, minutes-wise, until February 2008. We're just not "phone" people and, as I said, for emergency use only.
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Buck and I have had a TracPhone for 3 years and can't say enough good about it. We are not "phone" people and don't have a phone attached to our ears 24/7. We use it when we are traveling apart from each other. It's been helpful when my car crapped out on me about 3 weeks ago.

It's quite inexpensive and we are paid up, minutes-wise, until February 2008. We're just not "phone" people and, as I said, for emergency use only.
That's why we have ours too Katie. I love not having a monthly fee. We pre-pay for the card and that's it. TracFone even gave James free minutes (I think 50) for his birthday!

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That's why we have ours too Katie. I love not having a monthly fee. We pre-pay for the card and that's it. TracFone even gave James free minutes (I think 50) for his birthday!

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Cool. We really like the convenience of it. I'm not sure there is any other plan/service that would change our minds. Glad you like it.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:38 PM   #9
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I do the prepay for our home phones through Verizon. By the grace of the gods I needed to call last night only to find out that our plan retired at midnight last night. I got us in ontime and all is good.

Fact is we've been with ATT, Virgin Mobile, Tracphone. Boost, and Verizon. The Verizon plan is the best for us. I have a teen and I have to be in touch with her all the time. It all depends on your needs. There's a lot out there.
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Cool. We really like the convenience of it. I'm not sure there is any other plan/service that would change our minds. Glad you like it.
That is all we have used for about 6 years. One thing that a lot of people don't know is, even if you run out of minutes your phone is still good in emergencies. Even without a service or card, any (as far as I know) cell phone can be used to call 911 as long as the batteries are charged. We never knew that until a few months ago.

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