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I need help with pay as you go cell phone plans

195 November 23, 2017 at 03:27 PM
I have always had contract plans since the beginning. Currently, I have TMobile, which serves me pretty good. I have recently started back fishing, and out by the lake, there is no signal from any service BUT Verizon. Now, I don't want to switch to Verizon, so I figured I would get a cheap pay as you go plan and use it solely as an emergency phone while out on the lake.

My problem is, I have never looked in to using pay as you go, and don't know where to start. I know it has to use the Verizon network, so am I stuck using their pay as you go plans? Or is there a cheaper alternative?

I am hoping for a plan that I can put minutes on, and have them until I use them, without an expiration date.

Also, I do have a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone that I used on Verizon a few years ago. Can that phone be used instead of buying a new one?

Thanks for all your knowledge and help and Happy Thanksgiving!

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I would use your Galaxy S5 on a pay as you go provider like Tracfone. One site I have bookmarked and is a good resource is https://willmyphonework.net/. On this site you can enter specifics about your phone model and find out what services and bands it will work on. I would suggest doing this first. Verizon is a CDMA network and there are many resellers that offer cheap plans (like Tracfone).

I'm sure you will get recommendations for places like Republic Wireless, Mint, US Cellular, or even Freedom Pop. I have never used them so I have no advice in that matter.

To me Tracfone offers the cheapest rates for light users. If this will just be a back up phone to give you cell service while you are fishing then this will work.

From there it is just a matter of getting a sim card for that carrier. Tracfone sim cards are $1 on Amazon. Then use that sim card in your phone to activate service on their network.

As far as the rates go, here is the cheapest way to get one year of service on Tracfone if you went this route.
1) Activate the phone on the cheapest plan. Make sure you are happy with the service.
2) Go through the steps to add 1gb of data ($10). Upon check out there is an option to add one year of service for $50. Select it. (The one year of service may pop up while activating but I could only replicate it by adding the 1gb of data.)
That will put you into one year plus for about $75. Keep in mind, Tracfone often sells phones on Ebay with one year service for $50. You have to wait for those deals though.
You can always add more minutes and data to tracfone phone as you need it. Unused minutes and data roll over on their plans as well.

Hope that helps.
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I would use your Galaxy S5 on a pay as you go provider like Tracfone. One site I have bookmarked and is a good resource is https://willmyphonework.net/. On this site you can enter specifics about your phone model and find out what services and bands it will work on. I would suggest doing this first. Verizon is a CDMA network and there are many resellers that offer cheap plans (like Tracfone).

I'm sure you will get recommendations for places like Republic Wireless, Mint, US Cellular, or even Freedom Pop. I have never used them so I have no advice in that matter.

Thanks for your advice, I will check this out.

To me Tracfone offers the cheapest rates for light users. If this will just be a back up phone to give you cell service while you are fishing then this will work.

From there it is just a matter of getting a sim card for that carrier. Tracfone sim cards are $1 on Amazon. Then use that sim card in your phone to activate service on their network.

As far as the rates go, here is the cheapest way to get one year of service on Tracfone if you went this route.
1) Activate the phone on the cheapest plan. Make sure you are happy with the service.
2) Go through the steps to add 1gb of data ($10). Upon check out there is an option to add one year of service for $50. Select it. (The one year of service may pop up while activating but I could only replicate it by adding the 1gb of data.)
That will put you into one year plus for about $75. Keep in mind, Tracfone often sells phones on Ebay with one year service for $50. You have to wait for those deals though.
You can always add more minutes and data to tracfone phone as you need it. Unused minutes and data roll over on their plans as well.

Hope that helps.

Thanks for your advice, I will check into this.
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I have always had contract plans since the beginning. Currently, I have TMobile, which serves me pretty good. I have recently started back fishing, and out by the lake, there is no signal from any service BUT Verizon. Now, I don't want to switch to Verizon, so I figured I would get a cheap pay as you go plan and use it solely as an emergency phone while out on the lake.

My problem is, I have never looked in to using pay as you go, and don't know where to start. I know it has to use the Verizon network, so am I stuck using their pay as you go plans? Or is there a cheaper alternative?

I am hoping for a plan that I can put minutes on, and have them until I use them, without an expiration date.

Also, I do have a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone that I used on Verizon a few years ago. Can that phone be used instead of buying a new one?

Thanks for all your knowledge and help and Happy Thanksgiving!
Need a little more info. Approx how many minutes of talk time do you need? How much data do you need? I personally have a $30/month tmobile prepaid account. 5GB of data at high speeds if supported by your phone. Mine supports up to 35 MB/s up and down. Minutes don't roll over and they charge $0.10 per minute going over the 100/month. It will not work with any CDMA phone. Must be GSM (so not your Samsung from Verizon). If you don't need data (which I really doubt) T-mobile has $25/month unlimited talk and text. That's like a today's grandparents plan.

If you asked about 4-5 months ago, T-mobile was giving out phones with ever $100 prepaid refill card. I got 3 (all worth $50-$100 at sale price). Hoping that comes back around some day.
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Minimal. Really only need talk and text and could get by without any data. It is going to be mainly for emergencies only. Send a text to let wife know I am there or where I am, and then another to tell her I left. Use it to call for help if needed.

You have mis-read the original post. It HAS to be on the Verizon network. I have TMo now. NO network has any coverage out there BUT Verizon.

$30 a month is a deal killer. I would like minutes to roll over and not have to buy every month.
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Pageplus has great coverage when on a lake. Had them a while back. Was about 20 to start and 10 a month. Minutes carried over. Came with a cheap phone and charger. Talk / text no data.
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Pageplus has great coverage when on a lake. Had them a while back. Was about 20 to start and 10 a month. Minutes carried over. Came with a cheap phone and charger. Talk / text no data.
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