Hey everyone - I was just curious if there was a cheaper way to use AT&T's coverage.
Here is what I am looking for this phone:
15-30 texts month max (mostly just receiving them)
No data ever
Needs to use AT&T towers. Where the phone would be used 90% of the time is in a dead zone for most providers. AT&T works very well there and that is it.
What has been tried -
T-Mobile so we can get on the Gold Rewards plan. Local T-Mobile store said the phone would roam fine on the local AT&T tower. It did not (the cheap Nokia phone). It kept trying to lock onto the faint T-Mobile tower so it constantly dropped calls. I forced it to use AT&T only and that barely helped. No idea why that did not work better.
Trac - made sure to get a AT&T sim and the phone worked perfectly where needed. Just did not like the keeping track of bonus codes being used and the a couple other small issues. Cost per minute is pretty high.
Net10 - picked up one of the cheap LG300 refurbs. Works great where needed. So far no real issues with the phone. Only downside is that once past the bonus minutes, you are stuck at a minimum of $15/mth for 150 minutes. Could try and buy more refurbs and transferring the number from phone to phone, but keep reading about phones being killed if that is done too often.
So are there any other options we could look into? I dont mind buying a used unlocked phone and setting it up. Phone just needs to work well as a phone and be simple to use.
Have you thought of using the Tracfone Value Plan? $10/month will get you 100 minutes (with DMFL), bringing the cost down to $.10/minute. If you use 30 texts/month, at .3 units per text, you'd only need 9 minutes worth of talk time to cover the texts.
If you decide you need some more minutes, you can buy another 100 minutes for $10 as a minutes bundle. As long as you keep rolling your minutes over, the extra 100 minutes may be enough to last approx. 4 - 6 months on top of your standard 100 minute/month refill with the value pay.
The only thing is that you'll need to set up auto payment - I'm not sure how you feel about that.
The thing I like about it is that it gets you down to $.10/minute like Net10, but you're only committed to $10/month, not $15/month. I hope this helps.
I believe RedPocket uses ATT network as well:
But it looks like they run $8.33 to $10.00 per month, though rates overall are considerably better than GoPhones.
AirVoice and O2/Locus are well worth considering (they have already been mentioned above) of course too.
I'm not in good ATT coverage area, so they have never been a good consideration to me, but hope you find a good solution for your needs.
Thanks for the suggestions. I will look into each of those.
My main issue is that where this phone needs to be used, has to be on ATT. Everywhere else I use Verizons network and it is perfect. Unfortunately, there is this dead zone that is just not reliable enough for Verizon where the phone is needed. ATT meanwhile has almost constant full signal strength there, so I am stuck with them.
I know I can totally understand on the coverage issue. I'm sure many others can too. Where I'm at, Alltel *was* the only feasible option....period! Now that VZW has taken over Alltel here, any VZW MVNO should work for me, but anything else is just not practical. I'd love to consider any of the GSM (ATT, TMobile) options, or even Sprint and their MVNOs, but it's just not worth it at this time. Maybe down the road, but not now. One of these other services could give me a top notch phone and unlimited service for $1/year and it'd still be a waste of money. So as many of us realize, coverage is pretty much the top concern for most of us, and then all the other details follow after that.
Let us know what you settle on, as it might help someone else make a decision down the line too.
I just want to confirm that RedPocket Mobile uses the AT&T GoPhone (Prepaid) network. I use RPM whenever I go to the US and in the places that I've visited, I generally don't have any issues.Originally Posted by EPMike
I would say Net10 / Tracfone...
Technically, free, if you don't mind some effort...
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who Knows any prepaid service providers other than Go-Phone that operate on AT&T's network. (kind of like Pageplus on Verizon)
First of all chrisco welcome to HOFO. Be aware that the first rule of HOFO is SEARCH
That said Gophones 35 cents a minute sucks.
I personally like 02 (Locus) @ 14 cents a minute + free international calling to 50 countries. + I can purchase refill cards at my local Best Buy or Family Dollar stores in a pinch.
Many here also like Red Pocket which has rates a low as 10 a minute and they also have International calling (a little cheaper than O2 BTW). They are going to start some new month to month plans in a few weeks FYI.
I use O2 to call a mate of mine down under in Australia. However, Red Pocket is 2 cents a minute cheaper to Australia in total than O2. I'm considering porting to Red Pocket.
Both of these providers are a much better value IMO than Gophone. + You can drop their Sims into your At&t locked sim phone and use their services at a much cheaper rate than 35 cents a minute.
sorry guys if I didn't follow protocol. brand new to the site and am trying to feel my way through. not real sure how to "search" just yet and I thought I was starting a new thread. not sure how it wound up here. I'll learn. Anyways, thanks for the help.