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    Cell Dilemma

    I need a new flip phone. One that works as an actual phone, when I need it. The Tracfone I currently have, will become a paperweight at the end of the year. Tracfone wants me to upgrade to a smartphone.

    This little Samsung flip is well worn and needs a daily charge. I rarely use the thing, but I'm old, sickly and frail now, so its my constant watch pocket companion. $30 for 400 minutes every month or two feeds my need. I deplore texting. I don't want it for personal entertainment or innerweb browsing. I just want it for phone communication and not cost me an arm & leg.

    My wife's brother wants her to buy a new iPhone to replace the Verizon flip phone that she rarely ever uses. Living in the armpit of Illinois' cell coverage, we've never gotten more than two bars signal strength while standing in our driveway. I think they're both nuts. We've spoken with several outlets locally. The salespeople just want into our wallets. They can't promise me decent coverage, but they sure will sell us their store.

    Sprint, AT&T, Verizon... They all show solid coverage on the map for our area, but I call B.S. on their boasts.

    Online searches have just confused me all the more. Reviews are all over the place.

    What to do? I know. I need more coffee.
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    I use a Motorola Flip phone that cost me $35.00 through Consumers Cellular. It has worked everywhere that I have been. My FIL uses Sprint, and I have coverage in areas he doesn't, but everywhere he does. Upper Michigan, the Dakotas etc. Consumer Cellular has a 30 day free trial period and no contracts. Cost for my wife and I is $55.00 a month for unlimited talk & text and 5gig data.
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    You might consider the Alcatel Go Flip. It's a flip phone with many of the features of a smartphone but you don't have to use any of those features. As a phone it's simple and dependable and lots of carriers offer it. A woman who helps care for my mother-in-law, and is herself 80 years old, uses one strictly for making and receiving a handful of phone calls per month.

    I hope that helps.

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    Grocery stores around here have cell phone displays for no contract phones. Several different service providers. You can try out a system (phone plus coverage) for like $50. Don't like it? Repeat monthly until you find one you do.
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    I have a Flip phone.
    It is a GUSTO 3 from verizon made by Samsung.
    It costs me $30 plus $4 in taxes each month,
    I buy a phone card each month a Walmart or the local Verizon store.
    I have unlimited talk and text.
    They also have a $15 a month plan.
    I have excellent coverage ever in the local backcountry (Olympic national forest).

    My phone only cost me $25..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomax View Post
    I need a new flip phone. One that works as an actual phone, when I need it. The Tracfone I currently have, will become a paperweight at the end of the year. Tracfone wants me to upgrade to a smartphone.

    This little Samsung flip is well worn and needs a daily charge. I rarely use the thing, but I'm old, sickly and frail now, so its my constant watch pocket companion. $30 for 400 minutes every month or two feeds my need. I deplore texting. I don't want it for personal entertainment or innerweb browsing. I just want it for phone communication and not cost me an arm & leg.

    My wife's brother wants her to buy a new iPhone to replace the Verizon flip phone that she rarely ever uses. Living in the armpit of Illinois' cell coverage, we've never gotten more than two bars signal strength while standing in our driveway. I think they're both nuts. We've spoken with several outlets locally. The salespeople just want into our wallets. They can't promise me decent coverage, but they sure will sell us their store.

    Sprint, AT&T, Verizon... They all show solid coverage on the map for our area, but I call B.S. on their boasts.

    Online searches have just confused me all the more. Reviews are all over the place.

    What to do? I know. I need more coffee.
    What is Trac Phone saying about the pone that you need to scrap it?

    Most of the stores around here, grocery, pharmacy, Kmarts, Walmarts all have pay per use phones on a counter display. Just pick on and go with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishinkeylargo View Post
    What is Trac Phone saying about the pone that you need to scrap it?

    Most of the stores around here, grocery, pharmacy, Kmarts, Walmarts all have pay per use phones on a counter display. Just pick on and go with it.
    If you go to the Tracfone site they don't seem to offer them anymore. I think it's a Tracfone-specific thing.
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    I have used T-Mobile since before they were called than, and before the previous name, etc.

    I think they still have simple flip phones and I believe all of their phones support WiFi calling. That means you can tell your phone to make a call using WiFi instead of the carrier network. It still goes against your minutes and it still works like a regular call, it just uses WiFi instead. For those of you who live in a questionable coverage area, it is a great benefit. My phone automatically switches between WiFi and the TMobile network, so I don't have to do a thing. Some days when I'm in my basement and my network signal drops, it automatically switches to WiFi and I can make/receive calls and never know the difference.

    It is at least worth investigating with any new company you consider.

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    If you have internet, you can get a Micro-Cell that plugs into your router and provides local coverage. AT&T sent me one free when I complained that the coverage had gone down to where it dropped calls all the time. They should be on eBay and Amazon and they will work with any cell phone.
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    I use net10 every 60 days I buy a 300 minute card for $30, works out to $15 a month I don't talk on the phone a lot so the minutes roll over.
    They used to sell their own branded phones but now You bring Your own phone, customer service will mail You a net10 SIM card that will activate Your phone to use their service.
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