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Low cost / free cell service

7,451 1,996 January 1, 2020 at 07:45 PM
My father-in-law is looking to get a smartphone. He doesn't really want one and will use it minimally, but he's at an age where he needs something in the event of an emergency.

I've seen deals for free service (or pre-paid / pay as you go plans) with carriers that rent space on Verizon's network or the like. Usually it's like 100MB of LTE data free per month. I searched but can't find it. Can anybody help jog my memory?

FWIW, we would probably want to purchase an iPhone (new or used) and then use it on this service (assuming that's possible).

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i dont know of free service but tracfone is a good way to go for 50 dollars (or less sometimes including cheap phone) you can get one year of service with at least 1200 minutes. for example [ebay.com],
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HSN also has Tracfones/minutes that might be cheaper when you figure the phone comes with it. Sometimes there are coupons for first time purchasers. You can do a search and find a few threads where the Tracfone with coupon was cheaper then purchasing a tracfone card by itself. It also depends on what service you want. HSN sells phones/plans that are on verizon network. You won't loose minutes/text/data if you add a new plan before the one you have expires. Tracfone does offer service on all the major carriers so you have to choose the carrier that will work best for them. Just watch out for HSN because I think it's Verizon only unless it specifies differently.
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Is he eligible for a Lifeline deal? Lifeline is a free government benefit program that offers affordable phone service to those eligible for it. It is offered by almost all carriers. Verizon's link can be found here - https://www.verizonwireless.com/s...k-up-faqs/.

Otherwise, RedPocket is cheaper than TracFone.
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https://www.whistleout.com/CellPhones

Click search # carriers
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Is he eligible for a Lifeline deal? Lifeline is a free government benefit program that offers affordable phone service to those eligible for it. It is offered by almost all carriers. Verizon's link can be found here - https://www.verizonwireless.com/s...k-up-faqs/.

Otherwise, RedPocket is cheaper than TracFone.

I forgot about safelink [safelinkwireless.com] free phone service with free phone
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If he's almost always at home and has wifi available, I highly recommend Pinger/Textfree app over wifi... incoming calls are free and you can earn free minutes by watching videos. A Google voice phone # is good for free outgoing calls.

I had Sprint for 20yrs before going to prepaid (fear of completely cutting off cellular) but have now been wifi only for the last 5+yrs and would not go back!
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I forgot about safelink [safelinkwireless.com] free phone service with free phone
Safelink is just one of the many Lifeline services
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