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Jekka Renee
06-25-2015, 09:05 PM
I am planning on getting a cell phone for my older boys - mainly so I can leave them at home for short periods when I do errands. I don't like the idea of them being without a reliable communication device when they are alone.

Do any of you have good recommendations for a cheap phone and plan? I'd rather do a pay-as-you-go plan than a monthly charge as I don't anticipate it getting much usage.

MichelleTN
06-25-2015, 09:16 PM
May not be what you are looking for. My boys us a trac phone. I was looking for something just to be able to track them down if they went off somewhere. I got a $10 phone that said "double minutes for life" on the box. So now I buy a card and the minutes double. Also if they don't use all the minutes they roll over.
I only have to buy a $20 card every 90 days.

So far they haven't used all the minutes, they just keep rolling over. Of course they aren't allowed to give the number to friends. Only parents & grandparents have the number. My guys don't care much about a phone anyway. I just wanted a phone so when they go somewhere (or wander off) I can get ahold of them.

Sometimes you can get the phones for $5. Dollar General and some of the other stores run them on sale every once in awhile.

Cindy in CA
06-25-2015, 09:46 PM
I use trac fone too. I have been using it for years. I am very happy with it and it is cheap.

WendyW
06-26-2015, 12:10 AM
Our family has had trac phones for years. Cheap and gets the job done.

Karen in TN
06-26-2015, 03:08 PM
I got this one. It's a tracfone too.

http://www.amazon.com/Optimus-Dynamic-Android-Prepaid-Tracfone/dp/B00GFTI0SO/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1435349074&sr=1-9&keywords=lg+trac+fone

It's 10 bucks with triple minutes, texts, and data. I use the texts more than the minutes. My 21 year old dd has the same one. It works for us! I'm getting ready to buy one for my 13 year old for when I drop her at the library to volunteer. I have dropped mine several times also and it is still going. It's stress free. I don't get screen protectors or anything.

Karen in Tn

Cindy in CA
06-26-2015, 04:30 PM
:)

I have triple too. Check out their texting cards, 1000 texts for $10.

Kendra AU
06-26-2015, 06:02 PM
Mobile phone coverage can't always be reliable, just something to consider. A land line with a non-cordless phone is going to be a mode reliable means of communication.. Just a thought, especially with ones so young on their own. If our boys are along they can communicate with us via ichat, but we have a non-cordless landline that they know to use if power or internet go out & they can't use iChat.

Jekka Renee
06-26-2015, 07:43 PM
Thanks everyone! I think I might have to get a Tracfone.

We live in a city with really reliable cell coverage - I honestly haven't had a land line for over ten years, and I have just one concrete memory of my mobile phone failing while at home, in a storm where the land lines and power were all down for a few days; the cell was the only thing that worked thanks to the car charger. We also have very good neighbors, so if it's a true emergency, they would just run over there. I don't think I'd leave them at their age if I didn't have that back up available.

Cindy in CA
06-26-2015, 07:47 PM
Yeah, my cell is more reliable than my landline too. If the electricity goes out so does the land line.

Karen in TN
06-27-2015, 04:02 PM
Cindy,
where do I get the extra texts for 10 bucks?

Karen in TN

Cindy in CA
06-27-2015, 04:11 PM
Cindy,
where do I get the extra texts for 10 bucks?

Karen in TN

On their website. https://www.tracfone.com/direct/Purchase?payGo=true&app=TRACFONE&lang=en

Last item on the page.

Karen in TN
06-27-2015, 07:48 PM
Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. I never use data, so I didn't keep reading to the bottom. I could have saved myself a lot of money!

Cindy in CA
06-27-2015, 08:06 PM
Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. I never use data, so I didn't keep reading to the bottom. I could have saved myself a lot of money!

It is new. Was there for 6 days and disappeared and then came back this month. That is why I bought 6, just incase it disapears again.

MichelleTN
06-28-2015, 10:24 AM
Anyone that may be wanting one..... the tracfone flip phone.... double minutes for life.... is on sale at Fred's dollar store this week for $4.99.

And the tracfone with touch screen, with 3g WiFi & email access & camera....triple minutes for life.... is $9.99.

Amanda K
06-29-2015, 09:19 AM
We use Page Plus, which is owned by Tracfone. We liked TF, but realized we were buying cards too often so it became more expensive than getting an unlimited plan. My husband and I have the $39.95/month plan with unlimited calling and texts and 1GB data. We don't need any more than that because we have wifi at home and at his job so we never use the 1GB in a month's time. DD has a $20 PP phone and we pay $12/month for 250 min and 250 texts. Unfortunately, this one doesn't roll over like TF.

Paige P
04-18-2016, 05:47 PM
Bringing up this thread again .....


Okay, ladies. I am obtuse when it comes to all of this. How does this work? If I wanted to start from scratch and get the triple minutes, how would I go about doing it?

My girls are looking into this and want some data (3G) because they want to be able to text anywhere (little to no internet usage). How would we go about getting started and getting the triple minutes/texts, etc.?

Heather W
04-18-2016, 06:01 PM
Mobile phone coverage can't always be reliable, just something to consider. A land line with a non-cordless phone is going to be a mode reliable means of communication.. Just a thought, especially with ones so young on their own. If our boys are along they can communicate with us via ichat, but we have a non-cordless landline that they know to use if power or internet go out & they can't use iChat.

I agree with this- we still have a land line. One of the reasons is because of 911. Still sketchy whether cell phones are as easily located as land lines. Plus, we just want to make sure the phone is easy to find. If you have a NON cordless phone, then unless the phone company loses power, the phone will still work. If you only have cordless, those require power to work.

MichelleTN
04-18-2016, 08:50 PM
Bringing up this thread again .....


Okay, ladies. I am obtuse when it comes to all of this. How does this work? If I wanted to start from scratch and get the triple minutes, how would I go about doing it?

My girls are looking into this and want some data (3G) because they want to be able to text anywhere (little to no internet usage). How would we go about getting started and getting the triple minutes/texts, etc.?

With the tracfone you need to look on the phone box for one that says "triple minutes for life". Then after activating the next phone cards you by will automatically triple the minutes

Kelly K
04-18-2016, 09:47 PM
So have any of you tried Republic Wireless? We have two trac phones. One went funky on us last week. I called tech support and they said to fix it we should just use it all the time. We have them for emergencies for my girls, not to use all the time. I was totally unimpressed. I don't want to have to authenticate my phone before I can use it!!! Grrrr.

WendyW
04-18-2016, 11:05 PM
If you have a NON cordless phone, then unless the phone company loses power, the phone will still work. If you only have cordless, those require power to work.

Yes! We made sure we still have at least 1 phone that is old-style. They do not go out with a normal power outage.

shonda in ca
04-19-2016, 08:34 AM
As an emergency preparedness specialist ;) I have always had a land line with corded phone available. But in recent drills we have had in our city, we discovered that texting is the most reliable way to communicate in an emergency when lines are clogged and power is out.

That is all. :lol:

Paige P
04-19-2016, 09:22 AM
As an emergency preparedness specialist ;) I have always had a land line with corded phone available. But in recent drills we have had in our city, we discovered that texting is the most reliable way to communicate in an emergency when lines are clogged and power is out.

That is all. :lol:

Shonda, we found this to be true when the massive tornado hit Tuscaloosa in 2011. Lines, including cell lines, were down and bombarded, and texting often didn't go through, but it was the best way to get through when you were able to make a connection!

Kendra AU
04-19-2016, 04:08 PM
As an emergency preparedness specialist ;) I have always had a land line with corded phone available. But in recent drills we have had in our city, we discovered that texting is the most reliable way to communicate in an emergency when lines are clogged and power is out.

That is all. :lol:

Interesting.. I suppose location makes a lot of difference. :)