April 26th, 2010, 04:20 AM #1
HELP - I'm about to get my 1st cell phone
So I've put it off until now because, frankly, I don't use a phone too often. Presently, I share a phone with my g/f. I may text 1-10 times a day, and I make phone calls about twice a week. I'm not a fan of Go-Phones because I do use it daily, so it would be a wash since they charge by daily use. I have an internet contract with AT&T and the woman told me there's a tiny discount if I get a cell contract (about $5). So it would be about $55 a month.
I just checked out Cricket and they've got contracts for $40 for unlimited nationwide calling, text, etc. I don't do the Web on the phone (never), and I don't need bluetooth or international calling.
Should I go with the $40 Cricket deal? I would pay somewhere between $80-$150 for a phone through their deal. First month (with $15 activation) would be $95 with phone, and the 1st month phone service free. And then $40 thereafter. Or do I go with AT&T and pay the extra money?
And Consumer Cellular goes even lower:
https://www.consumercellular.com/Info/Plans But is this company trustworthy?
Yes, I realize how amazing it is that in 2010 I still don't have a phone, but it's been by design. I just didn't have much use for it and I didn't want people getting a hold of me. But now...I see that 's it's generally a necessity. Yes, I've finally caved...
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Last edited by So Sumi; April 26th, 2010 at 04:43 AM.
April 26th, 2010, 10:25 AM #2
Companies like Cricket and Consumer Cell, if I recall correctly, piggyback off of larger established networks (ATT, Verizon, etc)... so your coverage would vary greatly depending on who allowed them to add antennas to their sites.
I would suggest going with the ATT if they have good coverage where you need it because then it's a larger company with guaranteed service. However, I've been out of the industry for a while so your best bet would be to wait for SBU to hit this thread and kick some srs knowledge.
April 28th, 2010, 09:45 PM #3
From my understanding, Criket would charge you for minutes if you left thier area. At least it was that way a few years ago when I looked into them. I asked because I now live in Kentucky, and when I travel back to Cali I wanted to know how it would work. That may have changed by now though. I would go with one of the larger companies. You can still get a cheaper phone and have a reliable network.
April 28th, 2010, 10:18 PM #4
take a look at T Mobile and go FLEX PAY. thats their no contract plan. You pay a bit more for the phone but have no contract. Costco JUST put the Sony Ericsson Equinox on sale for 90 as a prepaid phone. thats 60 BELOW dealer cost.While you may not need a lot of feature this is a great phone feature wise and a great price. Their coverage is good and their customer service is great.
BTW the Equinox is THE most reliable phone on Tmobile.
if you don't like T Mobile look at BOOST. the may be the best prepaid deal around. Whatever toy decide buy your phone at CostCo, RadioShack, Best Buy or Wal Mart. They are considered National Retailer and have no rebates and better pricing than the corporate stores