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Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • I like to keep my costs down to about $5 a month
  • Figure out how much time you typically use, and then figure out your total cost per month on various plans to determine what the best plan is for you
  • Don't be swayed by a low cost per minute that requires you to buy minutes you'll never use - $30 per month for 300 minutes is expensive if you never use your phone more than an hour a month

    • by TMS
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      I have been using the T-Mobile-To-Go prepaid cell phone service for about a year and a half now. Before that I had AT&T’s Free-To-Go service, which I liked very much, however, when TDMA shut down, I had to switch, and AT&T’s GoPhone service was expensive and had lousy coverage west of the Mississippi. T-Mobile has been good. Coverage where I live (Saint Paul, Minn.) has always been reliable. I am not a heavy user. It’s mostly for emergencies, and for my kids and husband to get a hold of me in the car. I like to keep my costs down to about $5 a month. I splurged at first and bought a $100 refill card on sale for $85. That put me in

      the “gold” category. I got 1000 minutes good for a year, and all future refills are also good for a year. I used less than 300 minutes the first year. So, when refill time came around, I only had to spend $10 to roll everything over for another full year (including all of my unused minutes). I expect to be able to do that at least once more before having to beef up my deposit. That’s about $3 a month over 3 years. Nominally, those $10 minutes are more expensive (.33 rather than .10), but the thing to remember with prepaid is that it is your total cost that counts not your cost per minute. You have to pay something periodically ...

      • to maintain the service and keep your unused time (typically every 30 to 90 days). Figure out how much time you typically use, and then figure out your total cost per month on various plans to determine what the best plan is for you. Don’t be swayed by a low cost per minute that requires you to buy minutes you’ll never use - $30 per month for 300 minutes is expensive if you never use your phone more than an hour a month. It will only tempt you to use it more than you need to.

        There are a few things that I am less than happy with. With AT&T I was able to use Google’s SMS service to look up phone numbers and such on the

        road. I can’t do that with T-Mobile prepaid. GSM coverage in the U.S. is still far spottier than TDMA was, and T-Mobile’s prepaid coverage is less than its postpaid coverage, particularly in rural areas. In addition, if you leave your phone on all of the time, GSM phones chew through battery power pretty quickly. Also, with T-Mobile I get no record of calls. I didn’t get that with AT&T either, but I also carry a Virgin Mobile prepaid account for my daughter, and I am able to look up a record of calls and text messages online any time.

        All in all, for a reliable, utilitarian cell phone service at a reasonable cost, I find T-Mobile-To-Go to be a good value and to provide good service in my area.




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