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    Non-expiring prepaid?

    I'm looking for a non-expiring prepaid phone. I want to keep it in an emergency kit in my truck and would prefer if I didn't have to call in every few months to activate.

    1. Purchase
    2. Forget about it
    3. EMERGENCY!
    4. Phone works

    I realize that for an emergency kit I shouldn't just forget about it but rather check on it occasionally to make sure everything is good. So if I end up having to reactivate every now and then, it wouldn't be the end of the world. I really would prefer not to though.

    Any suggestions?

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    Look at the thread for O2Wireless. $5 for a sim to use in your phone comes with 90 days of 50 minutes, then $10 every 90 days.

    Or just keep a phone without service, can always call 911 in an emergency.

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    http://www.mobal.com/gsm/sim.asp might work, it's normally for roaming as the minutes are expensive, but the thing doesn't expire. If your just going to dial 911 then grab an old phone without service, it'll still dial 911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreBSD
    http://www.mobal.com/gsm/sim.asp might work, it's normally for roaming as the minutes are expensive, but the thing doesn't expire. If your just going to dial 911 then grab an old phone without service, it'll still dial 911.

    At $1.75 a minute, I would hope you never have to use it here in the USA. For $10 every three months you get a 10cpm rate on Boost! I think it would be worth keeping track of an expiry rather than pay that obscene rate for "Do we need milk and eggs?" type of calls.

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    I don't really advocate anyone doing tracfone, but they do have a $100 card that's good for a year.
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    I think that T-Mobile Prepaid would be a good choice... after you've spent $100 in your account, all subsequent purchases will expiry in 1 year.

    1st year: $100
    2nd year: $10
    3rd year: $10
    ...

    The only thing is that you can't really forget about it since you will have to put the specified amounts into your account before the 1 year expiry date. Just set a reminder on your phone (or computer) to purchase airtime before the expiry date. This is what I do with my prepaid SIMs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mharris127
    At $1.75 a minute, I would hope you never have to use it here in the USA. For $10 every three months you get a 10cpm rate on Boost! I think it would be worth keeping track of an expiry rather than pay that obscene rate for "Do we need milk and eggs?" type of calls.
    I'm fairly sure the OP doesn't think an emergency kit in his truck is for "Do we need milk and eggs?". (And I'll say if not having milk and eggs is an emergency in your life then you got it good) A truck's emergency kit is for things like "Sh*t we just fell of a cliff" or "We broke down on the side of a dark road, send help!".

    So the rates might be insane, but at least he won't be sitting there without reception. The rates are that high because it's basically always roaming on whatever network has coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreBSD
    http://www.mobal.com/gsm/sim.asp might work, it's normally for roaming as the minutes are expensive, but the thing doesn't expire. If your just going to dial 911 then grab an old phone without service, it'll still dial 911.
    This is interesting. It allows unlimited incoming texts?

    Does it give you a international #? or can you get a US #?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdehoogh
    I'm looking for a non-expiring prepaid phone. I want to keep it in an emergency kit in my truck and would prefer if I didn't have to call in every few months to activate.
    Another possibility is the "American Roaming Network." You can make calls (but not receive them) with an unregistered cell phone. Go to their web page to see how it works. If all you do is copy the instructions and tuck them into the glovebox - it costs something like $5 for the first minute and $1 minute thereafter. If you buy a "calling card" from them it's as cheap as 25-cents a minute! The "calling cards" last for 2-years IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdehoogh
    I'm looking for a non-expiring prepaid phone. I want to keep it in an emergency kit in my truck and would prefer if I didn't have to call in every few months to activate.

    1. Purchase
    2. Forget about it
    3. EMERGENCY!
    4. Phone works

    I realize that for an emergency kit I shouldn't just forget about it but rather check on it occasionally to make sure everything is good. So if I end up having to reactivate every now and then, it wouldn't be the end of the world. I really would prefer not to though.

    Any suggestions?
    Does not exist. All prepaids require that you either a) add time before a certain date to keep the account active or b) make a call over a certain period. I know of no prepaid anywhere in the world that does not require you to do something. Several prepaids have yearly expiration if you buy $100 worth of time. Some such as T-Mobile will let you extend expiration another 365 days by only adding $10 per year (after you've gotten to the $100 level.) There's no prepaid that I know of that you do not have to do something. Also, you can't just carry around a cellphone in your car without periodically charging it. It may not work for you if you don't check it periodically.
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    If you buy a $10 card its $1 a minute but each $10 card after that its 25 cents a minute. Lasts for a year.

    The next least expensive (for total cost not cost per minute) 1 year card I know of is Airvoice's cdma product for $50 you get something like 540 minutes after fees are figured in.

    http://www.americanroaming.com/retail_buy.php

    Purchase Your American Roaming Prepaid Collect Account Now!
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    Remember, If you "do not" hear the ARN welcome prompt on your mobile phone you "will not" be able to use the service.
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    What would be an example of illegal calling activities or call blocking ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telekom
    Does not exist. All prepaids require that you either a) add time before a certain date to keep the account active or b) make a call over a certain period. I know of no prepaid anywhere in the world that does not require you to do something. Several prepaids have yearly expiration if you buy $100 worth of time. Some such as T-Mobile will let you extend expiration another 365 days by only adding $10 per year (after you've gotten to the $100 level.) There's no prepaid that I know of that you do not have to do something. Also, you can't just carry around a cellphone in your car without periodically charging it. It may not work for you if you don't check it periodically.

    That's kind of what I figured. I have a BlackBerry as my main line and I have an old Sony W600 that I leave in my truck and charge occasionally. If something were to go wrong with my BB, I can (in theory) just swap the SIM card. However, that doesn't do much good if I LOSE my BB or something happens to the SIM. Basically I was just looking for a cheap working spare SIM card I could use in it.

    I suppose if I could make a duplicate copy of my current SIM card, that would work. Anyone know if that's possible? They would never be in use at the same time...

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    How about calling ATT and telling them something happened to your SIM right now? Just say your phone has trouble reading it or something. Then you have an extra with the same account information, probably going to charge you a few bucks to send out a replacement but it should be cheaper than finding a SIM duplicator that does more than copy your contacts.

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