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    Cheapest plan for a kid as an Emergency Phone?

    Howdy,

    My kids aren't old enough that they need their own phone but we'd like ot have some sort of Emergency Phone that they can have while at sports practice or something like that in case something comes up and they need to get a hold of us. It will probably not get used much if ever so only needs the bare minimum for minutes and texts. Probably doesn't need any data.

    Located in Southeast WI if that matters.

    Thanks!

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    At least one thought would be FreedomPop. After paying for the SIM (which likely includes the first month of service), you can turn off the paid service; and still get some data (500MB on Sprint, 200MB on GSM), along with texting and voice calls for free each month. The "trick" is lowering the data plan and turning off the service package that the phone is shipped with. It is easy to do but you do have to ensure both are turned off.

    If you already have a GSM (T-Mobile or AT&T compatible) phone, you can just buy the GSM SIM card, or they have some older, refurbished phones they sell for cheap prices.

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    Forgot to mention I do have an old GS3 from Sprint and a GS3 from Verizon. Dunno if those can be used on other networks or anything.

    Thanks.

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    You can use Tello with most Sprint phones. You deposit however much funds (top up) you want and there's no monthly fees. You need to make at least one call or text every three months to keep the line active. You just pay for what you use, with voice costing 3 cents a minute and text 1 cent a text.

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    Cheapest plan for a kid as an Emergency Phone?

    Buy any cheap gophone and insert h2o SIM card. $10 for 90 days service.
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    $10 on Tello can last 365 days.

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    Truphone sim cost $30 but they give $15 credit. Credit doesn't expire as long as you make a call every 90 days or something like that. Outgoing calls are 9 cents (pricey) but incoming calls are free.

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    Toggle Mobile is billed in £, but costs only £0.03 for outgoing minutes and is free for incoming. Credit doesn't expire as long as you make at least one outgoing call or text one every 90 days. It costs £5 per year for a US number. It runs on the T-Mobile network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelemvor View Post
    Forgot to mention I do have an old GS3 from Sprint and a GS3 from Verizon. Dunno if those can be used on other networks or anything.

    Thanks.
    If Sprint coverage is good enough in your area, I'm pretty sure Tello is the best answer, as already suggested above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephf View Post
    You can use Tello with most Sprint phones. You deposit however much funds (top up) you want and there's no monthly fees. You need to make at least one call or text every three months to keep the line active. You just pay for what you use, with voice costing 3 cents a minute and text 1 cent a text.
    It's 6 months.

    https://tello.com/terms#paragraph_pay_as_you_go
    Pay As You Go credit is available for a period of 6 months since customer's last order or call. If no order or call was placed in a period of 6 months, SIM and Pay As You Go credit will not be available for calls.

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    Freedompop is too flakey to be relied upon as a true emergency phone. Go with tello if you have good sprint service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelemvor View Post
    Forgot to mention I do have an old GS3 from Sprint and a GS3 from Verizon. Dunno if those can be used on other networks or anything.

    Thanks.
    The Sprint S3 could be used on any Sprint MVNO. For low use with no monthly fees Tello is good. You can activate it for a $5 deposit and use the $s for talk, text, and data at 3 cents per minute, 1 cent per text and 2 cents per data MB. You just have to use it every 180 days to keep it active.

    The Verizon S3 could be used on Tracfone CDMA. That is a minimum of $60 for 13 months to keep active. You also have to use Tracfone every six months to keep it active.

    I wouldn't recommend Freedompop for anything urgent or important even if it is free. The free is all VOIP and text over data. It just isn't reliable enough for urgent or important.

    If the children are at sports practice age they are rapidly approaching the age when high volume texting may become the norm. That is a whole different story of social interaction and parenting.

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    T-Mobile $3 pre paid plan, if T Mobile network works for you. $3 per month gets you 30 minutes or 30 texts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rs899 View Post
    Freedompop is too flakey to be relied upon as a true emergency phone. Go with tello if you have good sprint service.
    Completely agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rs899 View Post
    Freedompop is too flakey to be relied upon as a true emergency phone. Go with tello if you have good sprint service.
    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    I wouldn't recommend Freedompop for anything urgent or important even if it is free. The free is all VOIP and text over data. It just isn't reliable enough for urgent or important.
    I'd trust on Hangouts over FreedomPop's AT&T service to get an important call through, long before I'd resort to patchy Sprint coverage, even with real (non-VoIP) voice service.

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