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 04-15-2018 04:53 PM
 kevink1
 
Originally posted by Boz1:
Why would the OP want to get a plan with required top-ups and accumulating balances for "no more than 1 or 2 outgoing voice calls...each month"?

It seems like QkTreasures' phone suggestion, along with my Lycamobile paygo service suggestion, non-expiring (with usage every 90 days) $10 one-time cost, would be the best and lowest cost long-term solution.


I guess it depends on whether the OP wants to buy a phone (with bad reviews), go through some hoops to signup for Lycamobile (since they sure don't push their PayGO service on their web page now), or just use one of his existing phones on another service. For my cell phone plan I'm using as a home phone replacement, so I can get around to dropping my cable phone service, all I really needed was service at my home. So with the phone I'm using I could have got by with either a T-Mobile, ATT, or Verizon MVNO. As long as I use < 200 minutes every 3 months, I'm not counting the cost of each phone call.
 
 04-15-2018 05:09 PM
QkTreasures
 
Originally posted by kevink1:
I guess it depends on whether the OP wants to buy a phone (with bad reviews), go through some hoops to signup for Lycamobile (since they sure don't push their PayGO service on their web page now), or just use one of his existing phones on another service. For my cell phone plan I'm using as a home phone replacement, so I can get around to dropping my cable phone service, all I really needed was service at my home. So with the phone I'm using I could have got by with either a T-Mobile, ATT, or Verizon MVNO. As long as I use < 200 minutes every 3 months, I'm not counting the cost of each phone call.
Well that is true it does get some bad reviews but it also get some good positive reviews. I think some of the bad reviews are people that don't know how to phone functions or maybe how to properly use it possibly operator error not saying for sure as I have not used it myself?

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 04-15-2018 05:40 PM
 kevink1
 
Originally posted by QkTreasures:
Well that is true it does get some bad reviews but it also get some good positive reviews. I think some of the bad reviews are people that don't know how to phone functions or maybe how to properly use it possibly operator error not saying for sure as I have not used it myself?

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And if the OP didn't already have a phone available, it would be a reasonable option. When I decided on the cheap home plan, if I didn't already have a spare phone available (unlocked Moto E4 I paid just over $40 for last year), I was looking at flip phone options. The smart phone features are hardly needed without a data plan, and the fact I have much better smart phones available on better plans for away from home.

The OP has never mentioned what his normal phone is on. Best chance of it being useful if out someplace in a rural area (nationally) are probably the ATT network and Verizon network. In places like Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana, Verizon is probably better. Though any GSM/3G device should probably be sufficient for 911, no service plan required, if there is any tower in range.
 
 04-16-2018 02:55 AM
allears
 
I know of no hoops to navigate for Lycamobile. Buy the SIM, activate it with the phone, add $10 (and no more) through a third party such as Callingmart or Babblebug. Do NOT sign up for a plan. Send an SMS or make a call every 90 days, and it won't expire. No data. Variable customer support quality. So far Lyca is still working great with my 2G (only) Samsung C3520 flip phone.

Another option is Truphone. Uses AT&T. Again, your airtime never expires. Theoretically you're supposed to use some $ every 90 days, but so far I haven't heard that they've enforced it. Outgoing calls 9 cents/min, incoming free. Outgoing SMS 9 cents each, incoming free. Data 9 cents per megabyte. Plus is that you can use it at about the same price in several different European countries. Downside is that the SIM costs IIRC $30 (but comes with $15 credit). Mostly good customer support. So far no problems with my Samsung i9250 smartphone.
 
 04-16-2018 07:55 PM
RShea
 
Originally posted by kevink1:
Except the OP would need phones, since Pageplus isn't on either ATT or T-Mobile network.


Yes, any of the lower end Verizon contract (not new prepaid) phones (not 4G capable) would have to be picked up. It has been awhile since I've done anything on PagePlus, but a Tracfone or other similar American Movil phone maybe investigated if you want new, otherwise there are usually plenty of used flip phones from the Verizon contract plan users out there really cheap. Get one with a replaceable battery and at least a auto lighter plug adapter to power it as if it is a few years old but working and clean. The battery could go out on you if not charged frequently. Try and chat with Page Plus if you want to know about the cheapest flip phones offered working.

It also gains you Verizon coverage which in some areas is still better coverage than a Sprint or T-Mobile based phone would be, even without roaming.

Could also check into Freedom Pop and their "Free" offer... but others will caution you to watch as they really want you to go to at least SOME sort of paid offering to allow them to make some money.
 
 04-16-2018 09:58 PM
Fishx65 
 
I would think Tello would be the best deal for an emergency phone if you can find a flipper that works on Sprint. $10.00 gives you 333 minutes that never expire as long as you make an occasional call. I helped some friends of mine get a Tello emergency phone and they still have $7.00 left on their account after almost 2 years. I'm thinking they'll get 4-5 years of service for 10 bucks!!!!! I know the older Virgin and Boost Kyocera flippers work with Tello. I think they were called the Coast and Kona.
 
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