An extremely inexpensive alternative for those who do not depend on cell phones.
Feb 1, 2010
For seven years I sold cell phones for a living. Because I was first a store manager and then a regional manager as part of my compensation I got a line with virtually unlimited minutes. I could have cared less. I used my phone primarily for business and made an occasional call home or to a friend. I found that for me a cell phone was a nice thing to have but in no way shape or form did I ever become hooked on the darn thing. As soon as I left the business and lost my free line I decided to go with a T-Mobile-To-Go Prepaid deal. That was over four years ago and I have been with them ever since.
The T-Mobile-To-Go Prepaid plan offers four tiers of refill cards. The $10.00 refill is for 30 minutes, the $25.00 refill is for 130 minutes, and the $50.00 refill is for 400 minutes. When you buy a $100.00 refill card you are enrolled in the Gold Rewards program, which gives you 15 percent more minutes for each card you buy. The 100 dollar card is for 1000 minutes, which already includes the 15 percent bonus. Initially your minutes are only good for 90 days but after a year in the program your minutes are good for a full year. Very cool! What is also very cool is that with a prepaid plan the only tax you pay is the state sales tax on the refill card. There are none of the other hidden taxes and fees that drive up your bill dramatically if you are on a regular monthly plan. It seems like every time Congress wants to raise additional revenue they jack up the taxes and fees on cell phone service. This happens more often than you think and I saw it time and again during my time in the business. More importantly, there is no credit check and no contract to sign. I was never one who was comfortable with long term contracts and only sign them when it is absolutely necessary.
You can sign up for T-Mobile-To-Go Prepaid service online, at a T-Mobile store, or at big box stores and independent dealers everywhere. Expect to spend around $100 for a starter kit with a decent phone. I was always partial to Samsung phones but T-Mobile also offers phones by Nokia, Motorola and LG. The entire process only takes a few minutes and most folks will have an active phone right away. And when the time comes you can purchase prepaid air time cards at over 90,000 locations nationwide; stores include 7-Eleven, Office Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens to name but a few. Extremely convenient!
Now most folks reading this are probably a good deal younger than me and spend an awful lot of time on their cell phones and blackberries and God knows what else and that is great. But I run into people all the time who are paying a monthly cell phone bill and simply don't use it all that much. For the most part these are older people and they should know that there is a better and cheaper alternative. Perhaps your parents, grandparents or an older person you work with fits this profile. In my opinion, these people should ditch their monthly plan and latch on to T-Mobile-To-Go Prepaid service. Although T-Mobile has the smallest national footprint it should be just fine for the overwhelming majority of people. In addition, you should know that T-Mobile USA has been awarded 11 J.D. Power Awards in the areas of customer care, call quality, and overall customer satisfaction. In my experience T-Mobile is a great company to do business with. Very highly recommended.
The T-Mobile Pay As You Go is the perfect plan for someone who uses their cell-phone seldom, makes mainly brief 1-5 minute calls or has it only for emergencies. I get 1000 minutes which stay good for a year for $100 plus state tax. No other fees at all! I never use them all up, and if I buy another 1000 minutes before 365 days, the remaining minutes roll over. Another bonus is this works with a large number of unlocked cell phones, so when you get a new phone you just take the SIM card from old … more
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T Mobile Pay as You Go is a service that allows customers to use a pre paid cell phone without signing any contract.
As the cost of these typically seem high per minute, consumers who don't want to sign a contract or don't use their mobile device often enough can often get great deals.
T Mobile Pay as You Go costs average about $0.10/minute (if you purchase $100 of credit at once, $10 of credit will only get you 30 minutes) regardless if you call or receive, $0.05 for each received text and $0.10 for each out going text.
T Mobile Pay as You Go also provides a "Pay by Day" plan - $1.00 for each day you use the phone, then $0.10/minute for each call.