I can't help you, I don't even have one myself. I thought I was alone!
I'd get one if I had a reason to, but I'd rather avoid the expense right now.
Good luck with your future purchase.
07-22-2014, 06:01 PM
(This post was last modified: 07-22-2014, 06:02 PM by Locke.)
You can buy a pre-paid and pay to refill minutes a little at a time. The minutes go faster than you think, and it can get very expensive. I wouldn't recommend it unless you know for a fact that you'll hardly ever use it.
There are very reasonable pre-paid plans. I've seen them for as low as $30 a month for unlimited minutes (for a basic phone, which hardly anyone uses anymore) and $50 or $60 a month for unlimited minutes on a smartphone. I'm not sure where you live, but in the US, Cricket, Verizon and Virgin all have pre-paid plans, depending on the state you're in.
The best option is often a family plan though, so if you have a relative with a phone, you could try and get on their plan.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
My prepaid plan is 45 plus tax. I bought a cheaper smart phone, too. Although, I'm paying for it now. Not literally, but it's rather on the sluggish side. However, I like it anyway.
When I go into the cell phone store or wherever i buy the thing, how do they get activated?
And thank you all for your replies.
Depends whether you want a smartphone or not. (The smartphones are the iPhones and the Samsungs, the fancy ones that let you use apps and play games and stuff). You can get a basic phone, ie one just for using as a phone, for next to nothing, then top up your credit as you need to. I'm not sure about smartphone tariffs where you are but in the UK you normally pay a set amount every month for 12/24 months. If you don't mind paying more upfront you can buy the phone outright and then you're not committed to any long-term monthly payment.
I do NOT want a smart phone. The dumbest phone possible.