I am looking for a prepaid phone and found this site. The community seems wonderful and informative. After reading some threads and gathering info, it feels to me that the NET10 phone seems best for me, especially since I live in MD and to the west of were I live are roaming areas.
I went to the NET10 site and saw the "easy minutes" thing where the user pays a certain amount per month. The "easy Minutes" I understand, but then I saw the "Airtime on demand" feature.
My question is with the "Airtime on demand" feature, are the minutes added to the "easy minutes" plan? Or are the minutes added on a pay as you go type deal?
Another question is that if the "Airtime on demand" doesn't have to be added to an "easy minutes" plan, then are there any fees regarding.
Another question that I have, is on the coverage map, there is a home coverage area and "no coverage." Does the no coverage mean roaming, or does it actually truly mean no signal in these areas?
"Easy Minutes" automatically adds minutes to your phone each month. "Airtime on Demand" allows you to buy minutes from your cell phone.
As far as coverage goes chech out these links: http://www.tracfone.com/jsplib/verify_mapcov.jsp
I know this is for Tracfones but Tracfone and Net10 are the same company. Enter in any zip code to see the maps. The phones listed under national coverage are CDMA phones. The phones listed under Single Click are GSM phones. Notice how the coverage for these two is different.
It looks like when I typed my zip code in, it gave me the GSM map. But it looks like what I want is a CDMA phone, which has all the coverage I need.
I will keep your offer of your phone in mind. However, if I wanted to buy a phone, the ones available in my area, how do I know if the phone is CDMA or GSM? I noticed that some phones had a "G" at the end of their model's names and others didn't. Kind of like your model has a "C" at the end of your phone model's name. Is that what says the type of coverage I am going to get? And if this is true, what of the phones that don't have a letter at the end of their model name?
If you click on any of the Net10 phones and "SIM Card" is listed under "Included accessories" it is definately a GSM Phone. If "SIM Card" is not listed it may or may not be a GSM phone. For future reference you could look up the phones on the manufacturer's website or you could use a site such as www.phonearena.com.
If you're going to buy a new Net10 Phone I would go with the LG220C, LG290C, or the Samsung R451C, depending on what features/style of phone you're interested in.
The $39.99, $159.99, and $199.99 refill cards all beat or match the $0.10/minute rate of Net10 if the Tracfone has DMFL. Using the $39.99 or $159.99 refill cards, the minimum monthly amount you have to spend to keep your service active is $13.33. With the $199.99 refill card, the minimum monthly amount you have to spend to keep your service active is $16.66.
If you talk very little on your cell phone the $19.99 refill card will keep your service active for $6.66/month.
If you go to the link above and scroll down you should see where promotional codes can be entered. The codes will give you bonus minutes. I don't think they will give extra days of service though. You could try google and search for "Tracfone Promotional Codes" to find them if you decide on Tracfone.