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by: redneckcelt July 28, 2011 6:45 AM PDT

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by redneckcelt - 7/28/11 6:45 AM

My home is in an absolute dead area for cell phone service. As a result my wife and I only use our phones when away from home. I currently have Sprint, but their absolute minimum family plan with no internet access or texting and twk basic phones is $59 per m,onth which becomes $77 per month by the time they add taxes and surcharges. Figuring the actual amount of paid time I use each month, this works out to about $5.00 per minute. I've been a Sprint customer for nearly 10 years, but their unwillingness or inability to offer me anything at a lower cost has me fed up with them.

I am looking at Tracfone and Consumer Cellular, but I have questions about both. First, Tracfone. This seems like the cheapest way to go, but I have questions that they seem unable to answer. First, they say that my phone must be activated for my Zip coce, or my phone might be roaming should I ever be able to make or receive calls at or near my home. Secondly, Would activation of a Tracfone phone require making or receiving a call from my home. I can get a signal within a few miles of my home, but I have no idea if it isin the same Zip code. There are three different codes within a few miles of me.

For consumer Cellular, First, they wouldn't even talk to me about service until I gave them the Zip code for a rental house I own in another zip code area.Secondly, their activation charge of $35 per phone is higher than I can afford right now. By the time I add in the cost of two decent phones, I'm paying well over $100 just to get started. This is prohibitive as my wife and I are on a "less than fixed income.

Can you recommend a servier where I could get two phones, splitting 150 minuts or less per month, and with free or low cost activation? I need something which would run me $50 or less total per month, including any fees and taxes. I would like some internet access and limited texting ability, but I can live with a reasonable pay for use cost for that as I would rarely use those features.. I also don't mind if I have no signal at my home, because no one has any. If someone should put a tower near me, I wouldn't mindd paying a bit more, but I want to get what I pay for.

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