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Need recommendations for economy "pay as you go" cell phones ...
6 Feb 2005 08:59:16 -0800

Need recommendations for economy "pay as you go" cell phones.

This is for a 10 year old child in California -- to be used ONLY in
EMERGENCY situations.

My child is probably going to use between 5 and 30 minutes a month.

I think there is no point subscribing to a plan.

Any recommendations for a "pay as you go" economy cell phone ? (like
prepaid cards ?)

Does anyone have any stories, suggestions, recommendations ? Any
companies to avoid ? Any good or bad experiences ? Which company ?
How much does the phone and the calls cost ?

Where is the best place to buy it from ?

Thanks in advance for your input.


[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I do not know if you have Alltel where
you are at, but their 'Smart Pay' service is very common around here
in Independence, and many parents use it to stay in touch with their
children. The advance deposit you pay Alltel never runs out, but their
rates for use are not all that cheap; I think Smart Pay charges fifty
cents per minute of use on local calls; a dollar per minute on long
distance calls; but the credit runs until it is all used. PAT]

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