Trying to help someone pick a cell phone/plan. Will be texting and making domestic calls. I'm not sure how much of each, unfortunately.
I've read a couple older threads but haven't seen much discussion in the past 4-6 months on this.
What would be a good option? My friend is from Europe and wants to use her own phone and just pop a new SIM card in, from a new plan. I don't even know if this works, or if most of the prepaid plan operators require you to use one of their phones?
Cost is somewhat of a factor -- don't want to be spending $50+ a month for this.
Reps for anyone who can help steer us in the right direction.
If it has a sim, then it is a gsm phone. As far as plans go, there is T-Mobile's $30/month plan for any combination of 1500 minutes or texts. If that plan is overkill, then she could always go pay-as-you-go. The best minute rates for any service using gsm though is about 10 cents a minute.
The T-Mobile $30/month for 1500 minutes or text messages sounds like a good option. So does T-Mobile's $15/month for unlimited text messages and 10 cents a minute for calls. Both of those seem like better options than the AT&T GoPhone prepaid options, assuming you will be using the phone more than a little.
Do I need to buy the $6.99 T-Mobile SIM card to get started using this plan, if I've already got a GSM phone?
Yes, you will need to get a T-Mobile SIM Card which are $7 or you can buy a prepaid phone but there currently aren't any deals from T-mobile (sometimes you can get a prepaid phone with a free $25 card for $20 during one of thier sales).
If they doesn't use it much I would go for the T-mobile prepaid plans. You can pay $100 and get Gold Member status - this increases your minutes by 15% and your minutes don't expire for a year making your per minute cost $.087. T-Mobile Pay as You Go[t-mobile.com]
T-mobile is by far the cheapest of all carriers and they do have one year deals but if you already have a cellphone there is no point in doing a year contract at all. You just pay month to month and the price is already the best deal your gonna get because your not paying for a new phone.
Buying a $100 card on T-Mobile has Gold Rewards built-in. Thus, you do not get any other bonus minutes. That is one negative about Gold Rewards. To get the fairly ordinary rate of 10 cents/minute, you have to buy a $100 card.
An alternative to that $15 unlimited text & 10 cent calling on T-Mobile is Telna Mobile. For a $20 annual cost you get a sim works on the T-Mobile towers. Incoming texts are free. Up to 1000 outgoing texts per month within the U.S. are free. Incoming calling within the U.S. is 5 cents/min. Outgoing calling within the U.S. is 8 cents/min. The service is target toward travelers, so they have international rates as well. Not sure how good or bad those international rates are though.
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