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I need a phone

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by one-eyed Jack, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. one-eyed Jack

    one-eyed Jack Manufacturer Dealer NES Member

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    Well, my very old cheap flip phone finally died. Being old and with a bad back, I need something to have on me if I slip on the ice and need help. I won't use it except for an emergency and it will always be off unless I need it to make a call. Ten minutes per month would be OK. I have land line in the house. Any ideas? Jack.
     
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    Just get a TracFone. They offer flip type phones where you don't need a data plan. You can get them online or Walmart sells them. You buy the phone you want and then buy a card for a certain amount of minutes. Once you add the minutes to the phone they are good for a year. We got one for my Mom who just wanted to have a phone on her. Works perfectly for her.
     
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    You might try AAA. My FIL has a pay as you go flip phone from them.

    Otherwise I would go the Track phone route RockRiver suggested.

    Bob
     
  7. one-eyed Jack

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    Thanks guys. The Track phone looks good. I'll check that out. Jack.
     
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    ^ Trac is nice. You can rollover minutes.
    I had enough accumulated from the last couple years to last for all of this year. Extended my minutes for $49 and that covers me for 2019.
    :)
     
  9. one-eyed Jack

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    Thanks, Jack.
     
  10. 45collector

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    Heck if all you need a cell phone for is to make emergency calls, I can give you one of my old ones! Don’t even need to buy minutes or start a plan or anything.
     
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  11. one-eyed Jack

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    Very nice of you. The $$ for a plan is not an issue. How do we do this? PM me. Jack.
     
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    911 is available from any cell phone without a plan.
     
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  13. one-eyed Jack

    one-eyed Jack Manufacturer Dealer NES Member

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    True, but under certain conditions I might want to call one of my sons to help with an issue that is not a 911 emergency. Jack.
     
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    PM'ing if you still want a free phone. We will call it the Obama phone! ;)
     
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    Hey, that beats a Reagan phone...

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  17. one-eyed Jack

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    Can I put that on a plan? Jack.
     
  18. AHM

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    I know someone who skinflints so bad that
    he keeps his cheap cell phone turned off
    except when he wants to make a call.

    It's a frigging pain in the ass.
    I don't mean it infringes my (nonexistent) need to text him cat videos.
    I mean it screws up meeting with groups of people.

    Don't be that guy.

    Besides, even some cheap phones take half a minute to boot.
    Passing out from the pain of a broken hip is not the time
    to be watching a little spinning circle while your phone boots.
     
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    I'm not sure. I don't see why not. I'm just not sure if it's "compatible" with whatever software is used nowadays. It is over 10 years old.
     
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    Jack,

    Check out this link. Click on "What is BYOP?" in the FAQ list.
    http://support.tracfone.com/expresshelp/bring-your-own-smartphone-byop/1650306

    "BYOP stands for Bring Your Own Phone. With TracFone's Bring Your Own Phone program, you can get TracFone service on your current phone as long as it is compatible. Compatible phones include: GSM Unlocked phones, AT&T-compatible phones, T-Mobile-compatible phones, Verizon-compatible phones, and some CDMA Technology compatible phones. To check if your phone is compatible, select the "GET STARTED" option at get.tracfone.com/bring-your-own-phone."
     
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    My mother in law has tracfone with no issues. Like mentioned above 911 is active on phones with no service plans.
     
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    Claim your Native American or an illegal and get one free
     
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    It is unlikely a phone over 10 years old would still be able to connect to the cell phone network. They change/upgrade protocols every so often, obsoleting older phones. I had a couple of Tracfones that had to be replaced when the network changed. Regardless, a brand new flip phone that will work can be bought for only $5 or $10, so there isn't much need to concern oneself with how to activate an old phone.
     
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    I still have a Motorola brick phone that I got around 1990/1991.
    The use and rate packages absolutely sucked back then.
     
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    I have a LG V10 that I upgraded from that is just sitting in a drawer. It's a smart phone if you want to go down that route. Shoot me a PM if interested. I'd be happy to provide it go to someone who will use it. Great shape, screen protector and case.
     
  26. 45collector

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    Well there ya go. No need to bust out this dinosaur I guess...

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    I wonder if it works. I think 911 works without a SIM card... you could try that. (Just kidding... don't do that!) Or maybe dial 611 to see if it reaches AT&T.... typically you can do that even if you have no service (since you could use it to reconnect service).
     
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    What do you pay a month for that landline?

    Dump the land line and shift your number over to the new cell phone.

    50$ a month gets you unlimited data and a new Samsung phone with Metro PCS. I did this and saved 20$ a month.
     
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    Thanks, guys. You've given me enough advice so that I can now pick an option. Jack.
     
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    When he whined that I didn't include him in something, I explained that I called, he didn't answer, and his voicemail was full. He said I should have called his wife to relay the message.
     
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