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Purchasing a cell phone and plan or, "Please shoot me now."(12 posts)

Purchasing a cell phone and plan or, "Please shoot me now."Free2Pedal
Dec 14, 2003 11:14 AM
Hey, Merry Christmas! I hope everything is well with you and yours. I was in Jewel (local grocer) the other day and saw a bin full of heinously low quality chocolates. So of course, I headed straight for it. There was a bunch of chocolates that were wrapped in wrappers that read, "I really want a new bike." I immediately thought of you all and smiled. I bought a bunch of them and was planning to take a picture of them and post it; but once I got home, that seemed like too much work. I don't have a digital camera. Anyway, I put it off and the pile of chocolates got smaller and smaller, then one day it was gone. Oh well.

Okay, the real reason for my post. They took my cell phone away. Bastards. So I had originally decided that I don't need one. I already have a phone at home, and even call waiting. And when I'm not available, my answering machine will pick up the call. I paid $27 for it 7 years ago; but it does has remote message retrieval. Thats only important because I want to demonstrate to you how seriously frugal I am. I only just upgraded from cassette tapes to CD's 2 years ago, and I still haven't made the DVD switch. The only reason I had a cell phone, pager, palm pilot and pocket PC because the office paid for them. But it seems to me, that it would be to my advantage to be available to recruiters while I'm not home. Do you think this is true? Honestly, I'm not recieving many calls. I already purchased a domain and email account. If I pay $100 for a phone and it never rings, I'll be pissed. Hmmm. More than pissed. If it never rings I'll also eventually be out of a home and living on wellfare. I hope it rings!

So how does one buy a cell phone on the cheap? I picked up a Tracphone and 150 minutes at Walmart for $80. Thats a whopping $.40/minute. GOOD NIGHT!! It would be cheaper overall to get a 2 year plan, but when I get a job, they will probably provide me with a phone.

So is Santa going to be good to you this year? Me, I'm not sure. I was kinda naughty.
re: Purchasing a cell phone and plan or, "Please shoot me now."4bykn
Dec 14, 2003 1:13 PM
Hey, old friend, good to see ya' here. I was thinking about emailing you to see how you're doing, sounds like you're okay, but stay away from the chocolates. ;)

Five years ago I got my first cell phone, just for emergency use I told myself. Now I take mine everywhere, even saved me a long walk home on an ill-fated bike ride once. I'll never be without one now. $100 seems rather steep for a phone, you can get service for $30/month that includes voice mail, caller id and "free" long distance and roaming, and they'll give you a phone for free if you sign a 2 year contract. I'm sure most companies have similar deals, my carrier is Cingular and I've had good service whenever I needed anything.

I was nice, but Santa is mainly for the kids now, I've got all I need. And I can't imagine you being naughty, unless there's a dark side to you I've not seen.

Ride in Peace...Mike
Why have a home phone?Len J
Dec 14, 2003 4:02 PM
Cancel your home phone & Take the money you are spending on your home phone and use the savings on a service that gives you enough minutes for the amount of calls you make. Automatically comes with answering service and you will always be accessible.

This time of year (Xmas) there are tons of deals where you will get a free phone by commiting to a plan for a period of time. Just pay a monthly fee for an adequate number of minutes & you'll be fine. You'll use more minutes than you think.

My kids have all done this and it's easy to get them.

BTW, How are you doing?

Len
On top of that,mickey-mac
Dec 14, 2003 4:09 PM
if you're concerned about losing your current home phone number, you should be able to take it with you to a wireless company under the new number portability rules.
Only one reason for a home line.dr hoo
Dec 15, 2003 4:58 AM
POTS (plain old telephone connections) are a dedicated line that does not require electrical power. Land lines are good in emergencies if cells fail. Many people found this out last summer in the eastern blackout.

Minimal use for anyone, no use for some.
Make sure you've got a phone that doesn't require powerNo_sprint
Dec 15, 2003 8:05 AM
Virtually all of them do now, all cordless that I know of. I've got an antique sittin' around somewhere just in case.

Second, I believe cell systems are backed up for power. When the power in a neighborhood goes out, you'll likely have cell phone useage. We had an outage Sunday, the cell was fine. Ability to get a connection is another story.
Got that right.No_sprint
Dec 15, 2003 8:02 AM
Take a look at all the taxes and line fees, etc. on your home and long distance.

I was home phone less for years, especially when I was moving a lot.
I know. I pay about $43/monthFree2Pedal
Dec 15, 2003 12:49 PM
for a phone I hardly ever use. I'm really not much of a talker. But I have a dialup ISP at home which I'd have to surrender if I got a cell. Then I'd have to get DSL and that's another $30/month. The cell phone just costs more. And I also want to know I have a phone available that will work in most situations. Though perhaps I'll do it for 2 years, just to save some money now. Bummer.
do this..GregR
Dec 19, 2003 6:39 AM
Get Comcast broadband internet for $29/mo (6mos) and get a cheap cell plan (low minutes or pay as you go) for your incoming calls. Then get an IP phone (or just a microphone for you PC) for the misc calls you want to make through net2phone or whoever when you are at home.

And if your lucky, they will forget to put a filter on your line and you will get free cable also.

G
Hey LenFree2Pedal
Dec 15, 2003 1:11 PM
I'm thinking about ditching my home phone for a while. I just need to decide whether or not I can live without an ISP. I have free internet access at the employment office and at church, so it is actually doable. If my phone gave me access to my email account, it would be perfect. My only concerns these days is being reachable by potential employers. Thanks for the info.

I've been investing much effort in deciding what direction to pursue in psychology. A vision/dream finally emerged from the tangle of options. My long term goal is to work with teens from troubled homes--probably running a group home. Its kinda difficult to function as an adult when your parents didn't teach you things like boundaries, risk-taking and decision making. I know what that's like. I'd like to help teens learn these skills so they can adapt and prepare for adulthood. I had planned to pursue a degree in Social Work at UIC's highly reputed (and affordable), Jane Adams college, but I just found out that they closed the undergrad program indefinately. I'll wait a couple years and see if they re-open it. There are things I can work on in the meantime, so I'm in no rush. It will take me 15+ years to prepare myself for the task.
What a great calling.............Len J
Dec 15, 2003 1:28 PM
working with teens from troubled homes. I admire the clarity you communicate.

Here is something to look into in the meantime. Where I live they have a court sponsored program called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). It is an all volunteer program where an individual (after training) is appointed by the family court to be an advocate for the child in a situitation the family court is involved in. The motivation is that usually the parents have representation but no one "speaks for the child" so the CASA volunteer's sole purpose is to try to help the court decide what is best for the child. It is a national program tha (I think) started in Florida, but exists in many communities. I'm sure it probably exists in your area. It might be a great place to "get a taste" and maybe fmake some contacts & clarify your direction, especially now that you are unemployed. If nothing else, the investigation may point to some options you haven't considered.

Just a thought.

Congrats on determining a path, feels good (in a scary kind of way) doesn't it?

As to the phone, many cell programs have e-mail capability & you can always find a wireless network to hook into.

Glad to hear from you.

Len
What a great calling.............Len J
Dec 15, 2003 1:30 PM
working with teens from troubled homes. I admire the clarity you communicate.

Here is something to look into in the meantime. Where I live they have a court sponsored program called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). It is an all volunteer program where an individual (after training) is appointed by the family court to be an advocate for the child in a situitation the family court is involved in. The motivation is that usually the parents have representation but no one "speaks for the child" so the CASA volunteer's sole purpose is to try to help the court decide what is best for the child. It is a national program that (I think) started in Florida, but exists in many communities. I'm sure it probably exists in your area. It might be a great place to "get a taste" and maybe make some contacts & clarify your direction, especially now that you are unemployed. If nothing else, the investigation may point to some options you haven't considered.

Just a thought.

Congrats on determining a path, feels good (in a scary kind of way) doesn't it?

As to the phone, many cell programs have e-mail capability & you can always find a wireless network to hook into.

Glad to hear from you.

Len