We opted to purchase an inexpensive phone to use due to a severe budget crunch--our over $200 per month cell bill needed to disappear. Like a lot of other people, I was suspicious of the quality of service available at this price, and opted for a cheap basic phone to sort of test these unknown waters. Having tried Tracfone years ago, I found that at that point, it turned out to be more expensive to use a no-contract phone than to use a contract phone, and wasn't sure things had improved in the past decade or so. Activating this phone was ultra simple--I did it online without any problems. We've used it for a week, and have been pleased. The $30 card provides 1000 minutes and 1000 text messages, which works well enough to get by with. There are some downsides, especially when going to a basic phone like this from a smart phone.
*Text messages are difficult to compose. I hate this phone for that.
*We immediately began receiving spam phone calls on our home phone after activating this phone.
*Ringer--it just doesn't seem to get all that loud. Outside of those few cons, we are extremely happy with a $30 bill each month versus the $200 one. I would recommend upgrading to a better phone if you are using more than 1000 minutes per month, if you use a lot of text messages, or if you like accessing the web via your cell phone or if you prefer unlimited service. This phone is very basic, and while we have 32 mb of data each month with this package, it has extremely limited web capability. This is a basic phone, and within those parameters, it's a fantastic bargain that can really reduce your cell phone bill.
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