by rlegro - 3/25/05 7:04 AM
In Reply to: Cell phone w/no plan by Unknown
I've been very happy with the AT&T (now Cingular) GoPhone service. It's prepaid/no contract, and there is no credit check. You can even opt out of giving them your Social Security number (which I refuse to do). No roaming charges, nationwide service, free night and weekend minutes and for plans at $40/mo and up extra minutes are only 10 cents.
And, you don't have to use those minute card you buy in a store; rather, you can pay month to month via credit card, via the phone itself or the GoPhone website. Or, you can set things up so that when you're out of minutes, your credit card, debit card or checking account automatically will be billed and your service continues seamlessly (you get a text message when this happens, just for assurance) -- and you can instantly switch between these options whenever.
Plus, the GoPhone service is fairly robust. You can choose among several free phones or spend a few bucks and get a better unit. The service uses GSM and in travels all over the country I've almost never been without signal. You can roll over unused minutes, too.
Finally, the GoPhone service offers as an option for around $5 a month AT&T's M-mode Internet functionality (renamed with a slightly different feature set under Cingular, with certain phones). You can access Yahoo services, send email via an external web mail address or one built into your phone, send SMS or multimedia mail messages, go to Mapquest, and so forth. Not bad for an el cheapo service.
I'm thrilled with the phone I chose: A Siemens S56 color screen model that's very tiny yet very powerful. A B&W version, the A56, was offered free for awhile.
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