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Old 08-05-2006, 4:00 PM
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How do prepaid or pay as you go phones work?

I would like to get a cellphone for emergencies only. I'm thinking it would be more cost effective to get a prepaid or pay as you go phone since I won't be using it much. But how do they work? Do you get a phone card? Do the minutes expire?

Any info would be great.
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Old 09-05-2006, 7:54 AM
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It depends on the company. In most cases you purchase a phone, and then phone cards with minutes on them that credit the phone. Lets say you purchase a 100 minute card. Usually in order to keep your # active the comapny will require you to use the phone (or credits) a certain amount each month. So in the end there ends up being a $5 or so monthly fee (if you dont use the phone). usually minutes themselves dont "expire" but you could run out over time if they use them each month to keep your line active.
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Old 09-05-2006, 4:57 PM
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So, I could just use the $5.00, or whatever the minimum per month is, to call anyone, or is it an extra charge just to keep the phone minutes "good" and useable?
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:00 PM
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I think some providers have a method where you can freshen your minutes for a fee. I never used one with that service. Usually they want you to get a new block of minutes so they like to expire them off. I think one provider allowed you to refresh minutes with usage, if you had a minimum amount of minutes used each month.

IE if you used 10 minutes in the month, then your minutes would refresh. That way you could not just get the phone and save it for emergencies forever.
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Old 14-05-2006, 5:39 AM
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Sometimes the pay as you go is more expensive then a real plan I would just a get a cheap $20 a month plan if you really do not need it.
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Old 23-06-2006, 7:48 PM
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dont use '3' mobile because the time/minutes do expire
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