I’m fickle. Too fond of my freedom to get tied down. Phobic about commitment.
Yeah, and about cell phones too.
Three years ago I realized that I was no longer spending much time talking on my cell phone. My use was down so far that even my modest Verizon monthly account worked out, some months, to a rate of seven bucks a minute. I was “out of contract,” meaning I could quit with no penalties.
So I examined my options. No cell phone? Nope, that’s out. I love the convenience and extra sense of security those little gadgets provide. Lower cost account with Verizon? Nope. What I had was about as good as it got – including a discount.
The result of the analysis: I entered the world of prepaid no-contract cell service, and haven’t looked back.
First, two years with Tracfone. Loved their network, was able to port my years-old same cell number to my Tracfone account. My phone worked great but after two years it was getting beat up. I bought a new (Tracfone) phone, but when I tried to get it activated with my existing phone number, I landed in Customer Service Hell – and gave up entirely.
Which led me last April to Page Plus Cellular, a prepaid company that uses the Verizon network. Page Plus is a great deal for service; you can keep connected for a tiny amount of money every 90 or 120 days, I forget which. For few bucks I was set up on Page Plus with a reconditioned LG phone. Which I never liked. Poor call quality – and I think it’s the phone, not the network. My attempt to stay with Page Plus while buying a replacement phone from them fizzled in the hands of a clueless customer service rep. Click.
Back to research. After which, I went yesterday to the Virgin Megastore and bought Cyclops, my first camera phone (pictured). Virgin Mobile is no-contract service with a bunch of different service plans, which uses the Sprint network. That’s going to be fine for me almost all the time. Sprint isn’t so hot in many rural areas, but when I go to such places I’ll pull out the absolute cheapest cell phone (more…)