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Edit 1/19/10: Turns out I don't have to activate a data pack in order to send pictures. VM eventually suggested that I try a hard reset on my phone to fix the problem where it wouldn't send photos, and that worked.

I'm still cranky at them so I appreciate the suggestions of other pay as you go services.



Wanted:
1 pay as you go cell phone service
that doesn't require you to register a credit card or PayPal account
and that isn't Virgin Mobile

Features I use on my phone:
phone
text
keyboard
take and send pictures

I'm unhappy with VM because it seems they have changed their pay as you go plan so that you have to activate a data pack ($1.50 per 24 hours) in order to send pictures. I used to be able to send pictures for 25 cents each, without activating a data pack, and I'm sick of their adding extra charges to my plan. Plus, the picture sending isn't working anyway.

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wcg
Jan. 18th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know if they offer everything you need or not, but I'd suggest you check out TracFone. Paula has one and it's been very reliable for a couple of years now. I know they support text messages, and since they sell camera phones I assume they support sending pictures too. I just don't know if they offer a per picture deal like the one you used to have.
johnpalmer
Jan. 19th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
It's reliable; texting might be expensive (but might not be - I've never tried). One thing that sticks out, and it's a minor issue - you may not be able to e-mail-text, because they borrow from other carriers. So, e.g., you can't e-mail a text message to (phonenumber)@tracfone.com, the way you can with some other carriers.

(That may have changed - I haven't checked it for a few years.)
karenkay
Jan. 18th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm happy with Boost Mobile (htt://www.boostmobile.com), but I only use the phone. I know that I can receive texts, but I haven't bothered learning how to send them.

I DO register a credit card with them because I was in an airport trying to make a phone call and got cut off when my credit card, and then my minutes, expired.

I imagine that you can send photographs, but I don't know to do that either. Their customer service is quite helpful--I've had to phone them fairly frequently because they are geared for a very different (younger) audience.
mamatiger
Jan. 19th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
Verizon has prepaid plans, but being Verizon I suspect it's not the best value in the world. You could check and see though -- if you use enough minutes per month it might be worthwhile.

There's also Cricket -- http://www.mycricket.com/

Or, just go to Clark Howard's website --
http://clarkhoward.com/liveweb/shownotes/category/155/157/
and read up on his advice re: cell phones and plans.
miz_geek
Jan. 19th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
I use AT&T's Go Phone and Dr. O uses Verizon. I believe both include text and photos for 20 or 25 cents and it doesn't trigger the daily fee. I have no idea about the credit card thing, though. It was a while ago, and I DID register a credit card with them, but I don't know if there were other options that I ignored. I'm also not sure if they have any phones with keyboards.
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