Cell Phones

That’s right, it wasn’t a typo: most cell phone contracts are creative ways to package debt. It sounds harsh, but if we dissect the relationship it will become glaringly obvious. You sell your cell phone soul to Sprint, or Verizon, or AT&T and in turn they give you a phone for a great price or even free.  In return you agree to purchase monthly services for usually two years.   You can’t switch providers without paying huge fees and you are required to shell over a hefty sum each month.    That sounds a lot like the same type of prison […]

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I have never had any love for Verizon Wireless, and I was quite relieved when my two year contract was up. They hadn’t done anything really bad, but they certainly didn’t ever do anything earn my respect. Nothing had really been post worthy until the last stunt they tried to pull as I closed my account. I had already activated my $60 a year Virgin Mobile service, when I called to cancel my Verizon account. Everything was fine, until the last thing the agent mentioned as I was about to hang up. Verizon Agent: You’re account is set to close […]

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Our two year Verizon cell phone contract finally ran out on the 25th of March! It feels great to break free from the chains of a long contract. I haven’t yet canceled the phone, but I did order and activate a new Virgin Mobile prepaid phone for the Rockette.  She is s a low minute user like me. Previously I had talked about how much I would save with Virgin Mobile and how to set up a Virgin Mobile account, so I thought it would be helpful to revisit my decision. It has been about 6 months, and I have […]

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Sell Your Old Cell Phone For Cash

by The Happy Rock on November 9, 2007

Did you know that you can sell your old cell phone that you don’t use anymore for cash? I didn’t, but as I looked into a comment I came across a couple sites that give you cash for cell phones. I had heard of sites like Cell Swapper where you can sell your phone and plan to avoid termination fees, but I didn’t realize some sites will give you straight cash for phones without plans. Sites like Simply Sellular, Cash My Phone*, and Phone Is Cash buy old cell phones and resell them. The site Second Rotation buys all kind […]

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Setting Up a Prepaid Virgin Mobile Cell Phone Account

by The Happy Rock on October 4, 2007

After my research into prepaid cell phones, I decided to add a small amount to our monthly budget and sign up for a Virgin Mobile cell phone for myself. I figured I would use about $10 a month in minutes. Once we can cancel our Verizon contract, and The Rockette gets a pre paid Virgin phone or monthly cell phone costs should drop from about $45 dollars a month to $20. After a week I am right on pace with about 14 minutes used. The process and experience of signing up was so simple it was amazing. It was a […]

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The $0.60 Verizon Cell Phone Battery At Amazon.com

by The Happy Rock on October 1, 2007

18 month into our two year contract our Verizon LG VX4650 cell phone began to act up. Gradually, the cell phone seemed to hold a charge for shorter and shorter periods of time. Then one day after only ten minutes on the charger the phone was blinking ‘Charge Complete’. I knew it couldn’t be fully charged, because the phone was just dead and it normally takes over an hour to charge. The phone thought that battery was fully charged, but I would only get one or two battery bars. The phone was almost useless, except if it was plugged into […]

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Low Minute Users Save With Prepaid Cell Phones

by The Happy Rock on September 28, 2007

The Happy Rockette and I got our first cell phone a little under two years ago. We held out for a long time, because we didn’t want a monthly bill for something that wasn’t a necessity. Yes, I did say it wasn’t a necessity, and it still isn’t for most people. We all survived without cell phones ten years ago, but that is another story. We got only one phone and the cheapest plan, 300 minutes for $33 a month through Verizon. Recently our battery died on our phone and that got me looking over our usage and contract. I […]

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