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I've used Straight Talk phones here. I'm moving soon, to Illinois, and my contract is up in less than a week. Mom wants a smart phone for some reason, she's never used one before. But Verizon is expensive and I know she can't afford that. Straight Talk will be only $45/mo for unlimited talk/text/Internet. Wal-Mart has their Android phones online only, and shipping will get it here later than our contract is up. I don't know about keeping Verizon after the contract is up, and what possible charges we're looking at if our bill day is today and we quit on our end date, the 12th. Also, we want to keep our numbers. Had them for 6 years. I'll probably have to change in Illinois, but at least kep it the next few months.

Hope people can help. Thanks!
 

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Oh, and Net10 for a cheap phone for my brother, he never uses it. He can use mom's for long calls when she gets home.
 

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Android = Google Spyware Phone.
 

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Android = Google Spyware Phone.
Yup.

Carrier IQ - December 2011:

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Google-Android-Spyware-iOS-Carrier-IQ,news-13366.html

Plankton - June 2011:

http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/google-spyware-found-removed-android-market-061311

Google Play Store - April 2012:

http://androidcommunity.com/spyware-found-in-japanese-google-play-store-20120413/

And this is just a sample of the ones we know about! Can you imagine what's out there that's yet to be discovered?

This is why I've stayed away from a smart phone. I need a phone for one thing and one thing only. Phone calls!

I don't need text, Internet, email, GPS, etc., etc., ad nauseum.
 

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I use cricket. $42 per month for unlimited talk and text. Only problem is the phones cost more and really suck. Im with Ron I only need my phone to make phone calls and the ocassional text
 

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If I could make the occasional call on an android tablet I would have one of those instead of a phone. I use maybe 20 minutes a month talk, but quite a few texts and lots of data.

I looked at the "prepaid" phones and services, but with needing 3 phones with everything, I went with Sprint as it is 5 bucks a month more than 3 straight talk/Boost/whatever everything plans. Sure, only 1500 minutes, but 90% of our calls are to another cell phone, which doesn't use our minutes, so 1500 shared is plenty. I am dropping Vonage for my house phone, we have it for calls to Mexico, but Sprint has a 5 dollar add on for free calls to border cities (getting nettalk for us and for people in Mexico so don't even need add on intl calling).

Almost every month I have had Sprint I would have gone over the "unlimited data" plans of everyone else, and the phones the prepaid companies have are pretty limited and lame (unless all you want is a candy bar or flip format phone with sms ability).

Sprints coverage is pretty spotty once we leave the populated areas, but I have taken a few other companies phones with me, and AT&T is the only one that has decent coverage, so I make sure I have my work iPhone with me in case.
 

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I use cricket. $42 per month for unlimited talk and text. Only problem is the phones cost more and really suck. Im with Ron I only need my phone to make phone calls and the ocassional text
Same here, however I pay $55 a month with my "smart phone" the phones aren't terrible however they can be expensive.
 

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I know this thread is a few weeks old but OP if you haven't bought a Straight Talk phone I thought you might like to know that most of their Androids run on the native Sprint network which means no roaming. For a lot of people the native Sprint network is severely inferior to Verizon or AT&T. Straight did just release a new Android, the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim, which runs on Verizon's network.

I use Straight Talk myself. I used their buy a SIM card feature which allows you, for a one time fee of $15, to buy either an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card and install it in your own device. The problem with that is then you have to purchase a new or used AT&T or T-Mobile phone from somewhere other that Straight Talk.
 

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I missed this thread..

I use Page Plus Cellular with Verizon phones. Page Plus uses Verizon's network, which is awesome! I have the $29.99 1200 minutes/1200 text and 100MB of data. I use a lot of WiFi for data, so I am well within the 100MB limit. You would just have to buy a Verizon Smart Phone with a clean ESN, contact Kitty Wireless and activate. I have looked at a lot of celluar plans, this one is the best deal IMHO.

Visit my site at http://www.michigancellular.net and check it out. :cool:
 

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Ordered the slider Android phone on WalMarts website. Paid for express shipping. It runs on Sprint, so it doesn't work here (no service at all for them). I went to return it, and this annoying guy that always works returns said they wouldn't refund my shipping. Went to grab another phone and the girl at the back register said she would. Returned it and ordered the Samsung Galaxy and a 355C refurb phone for $20. They now carry her phone on the shelves, less than a week later. They transferred moms number in about an hour. Everything is working fine right now for us, but I'll do something different when I move to Illinois. I do like moms phone better than my iPod, has a microSD slot, and it's cheaper. She loves it, and gotten used to it very well compared to what I expected, and my brother won't even let her have it. Although Office De-pot has a Lenovo tablet on sale for $170 today, plus my 10% off. Or an Asus Transformer floor model I can get for $250. Nicer, but it's a floor model, and less portable. Main thing is I want to get rid of having to keep an iPod and a phone and get down to a smart phone without spending $80 per month.

I might look into that Kitty Plus. I have a couple Verizon phones sitting around, and an AT&T phone, maybe I can do some dealing.
 

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Been tryin the last half hour to pay the remainder of my bill on Verizon. Can't be done. I'll have to go in to their store and pay. Called 800-922-0204, they sent me to 800-353-1843, which says nothin about Verizon. Getting very upset. Plus I spent 20 minutes looking it up yesterday.
 

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Check out Virgin Mobile, they have unlimited text/web/data for $35 with 300 minutes, and for $45 with 1200 minutes. Unlimited talk is $55.

I'm grandfathered into their old pricing structure where the unlimited text/data/300 minute plan was only $25/mo. It uses Sprint cell towers to the connection and 3g is pretty good. Its not 4G but then again its not $100/mo either.
 

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Yup.

Carrier IQ - December 2011:

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Google-Android-Spyware-iOS-Carrier-IQ,news-13366.html

Plankton - June 2011:

http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/google-spyware-found-removed-android-market-061311

Google Play Store - April 2012:

http://androidcommunity.com/spyware-found-in-japanese-google-play-store-20120413/

And this is just a sample of the ones we know about! Can you imagine what's out there that's yet to be discovered?

This is why I've stayed away from a smart phone. I need a phone for one thing and one thing only. Phone calls!

I don't need text, Internet, email, GPS, etc., etc., ad nauseum.
Off topic but kinda not... Cyanogenmod 7 on an ATT Captivate works great on Straighttalk. Can't tell the difference from my ATT service that cost twice as much and no spyware or bloatware. As far as I'm concerned the SIM option with a custom rom is the way to go. And beyond that they're one of the remaining services that sells phones that just make calls.
 

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Yup.

Carrier IQ - December 2011:

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Google-Android-Spyware-iOS-Carrier-IQ,news-13366.html

Plankton - June 2011:

http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/google-spyware-found-removed-android-market-061311

Google Play Store - April 2012:

http://androidcommunity.com/spyware-found-in-japanese-google-play-store-20120413/

And this is just a sample of the ones we know about! Can you imagine what's out there that's yet to be discovered?

This is why I've stayed away from a smart phone. I need a phone for one thing and one thing only. Phone calls!

I don't need text, Internet, email, GPS, etc., etc., ad nauseum.
LOL I thought I was the only one that still used a phone that way . if at all, Work cell phone bad enough. Been in the business to long :D
 
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