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Title: Prepaid Cell phone recommendation
Post by: Mordy on June 23, 2008, 11:41:31 AM
Ok, I've got another question (challenge?) for all you deal hunters.

I'd like to buy a cell phone for someone who doesn't really like cell phones as sort of a gag gift.
Yes, there are still people in this world who don't have phone plans on principle (don't want another bill to pay every month), yet find them uber-convenient when borrowing one.

I'd like to surprise this person on his birthday with a pre-paid phone on his doorstep.

Ideally, it would be great if something like this were going on:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/2273
 (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/2273)

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Prepaid Cell phone recommendation
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2008, 03:16:51 PM
Virgin Mobile (A Sprint MVNO) has $15 phones with $15 in airtime and their rates are better than the competition as well.
Title: Re: Prepaid Cell phone recommendation
Post by: corny on June 23, 2008, 06:17:26 PM
i have t-mobile prepaid and as a gold reward member [that i spent 100$] im getting 10 cents a min, no monthly fee, and minutes dont expire for a year, its a great plan for me as a yeshiva bocher thats only in town for like two months a year
Title: Re: Prepaid Cell phone recommendation
Post by: Scrable on June 23, 2008, 06:36:36 PM
t-Mobile has free phones with airtime sometimes look out.
Title: Re: Prepaid Cell phone recommendation
Post by: Charles The Govenor on June 23, 2008, 08:30:23 PM
Boost mobile has great no contract plans also try virgin wireless
Title: Re: Prepaid Cell phone recommendation
Post by: yid on June 25, 2008, 03:24:52 PM
prepaid phones are usually not worth it unless you barely use your phone, but if you have cingular/ att and want an upgrade without extending your contract check out the att websites deals on prepaid refurb phones. just order the phone with free shipping, and when it arrives remove the prepaid sim card and insert your regular one. i did it and there is no penalty if you don't activate the prepaid line.
Title: Re: Prepaid Cell phone recommendation
Post by: nfsnyc on June 27, 2008, 02:16:41 AM
Aaaah prepaid cell phones, about time someone brought it up. As "yid" said buying a prepaid phone to replace your existing phone thats on a contract is a great idea. www.gophone.com for att phones (large selection, some such as the A437 are easily unlockable & Quad-Band).

And http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/prepaid.aspx for T-Mobile prepaid, tiny selection and rarely updated. (V195 seems to be the most solid choice at the moment.

You can also check out http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=abcat0801002&type=category for BestBuys prepaid deals, sometimes they have relatively good deals. (Currently the c168i is only $15, but is not easily unlockable (as far as I know).) If you know your way around the net you might be able to unlock it for free, otherwise you'll have to pay for an "imei" unlock service. (Again, as far as I know).

Id suggest GSM prepaid phones as some are easily unlock-able and thus have more use.
Title: Re: Prepaid Cell phone recommendation
Post by: Mordy on June 30, 2008, 12:02:22 AM
nah, this is for someone who doesn't care about (or even want) a phone. Unlockability and/or resale value aren't a concern, I'm just getting it as a gag gift (and perhaps as a "pusher" to get him interested in using one so we can keep in touch).

I went for a $15 Virgin Mobile line. $15 of airtime with a free samsung phone that had fairly decent reviews- not sure I can beat that outside of a F.A.R. deal like T-mobile sometimes has.

Even if the guy hates it and decides never to use his phone, our entire investment was $15. :)