Cell phones for dummies...a question

sinistral55
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My 2-year contract with Ntelos ends next month. I have some sort of "Home Free" plan that didn't come with texting or anything---very basic, I guess because of my credit score it was the only thing I qualified for.

I haven't had any problems whatsoever with the plan or the service; just that the phone doesn't work outside of my state (Virginia). I kind of really need to be able to use it in North Carolina and New York. And I don't have text messaging at all, so I would like at least some text messaging.

Because I had one cut-off incident when the bill was late this past October, I can't upgrade anything until October 2010. I'm not at all disputing that or anything. My bills were all paid on time otherwise during my contract with them. I hate cell phone stuff and I had wanted to just stay with Ntelos because plans and usages and stuff seems so confusing.

So, I probably won't renew my contract when it expires next month. I've already called customer service and they said that the contract won't automatically renew or anything once Dec. 27th comes and goes, and that I don't need to give them a 30-day notice of my intention to not renew.

So here are my questions--albeit dumb ones......do I have to wait until exactly Dec. 27 to go somewhere and get new phone service, or should I wait until after that date or what? What do I do with my old phone--take it to the new place, throw it away, return it to Ntelos--what???

Cell phone stuff confuses the daylights outta me. I just want a relatively cute phone that will have service in NC and NY, and text a few friends and family. I ask for so little of a cell phone, my bill is almost the exact same amount every month. I'm just confused and clueless

Last edited by sinistral55; 11-28-2009 at 03:41 PM.
Have you thought of getting a Tracfone?

No contracts, no fuss. Cute phones are available.
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So here are my questions--albeit dumb ones......do I have to wait until exactly Dec. 27 to go somewhere and get new phone service, or should I wait until after that date or what? What do I do with my old phone--take it to the new place, throw it away, return it to Ntelos--what???
Originally Posted by sinistral55
You can go somewhere else and get a new phone whenever you want but there should be some really good deals if you wait until after Christmas.

If you don't plan to use your current phone with your new plan, you can donate it. There is a program in my area that takes donated phones and gives them to domestic abuse victims so they can at least call 911 if they have an emergency.

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Laura Lee suggested this to me. No contract, cute phones, not too expensive. I believe she said it was run through Verizon so it has good coverage.
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Okay--another inane question, I'm sorry!---if I'm reading the StraightTalk site correctly, I can get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts for $45 a month?

Is this anything like something called "Boost", my sister was telling me about it today? I've never heard of either, but it sounds all right to me.

I had a Tracfone a long time ago when they first came out and were $60-some bucks. I didn't like refilling the minutes, buying the cards and adding on extra minutes; I have no idea why--but that was long ago. If Tracfone has changed all that, though, I'd certainly consider them again. I actually don't mind having a contract as long as I don't have to deal with a lot of hassle.

If according to the StraightTalk website, I can renew the (I guess) plan every month instead of buying minutes, then I can definitely work with that. Even if it basically adds up to being the same thing (buying minutes vs. renewing the plan).......I'd still rather not just keep buying minutes when I run out. I hope I'm sounding halfway coherent here

I actually never had any hassle with Ntelos at all--never had to call customer service for anything, never had any problems with my present phone etc.

The bill comes every month and I just pay it. Today was the very first time I've ever called their customer service for anything during the whole 2 years I had their plan, and that was only to ask if I needed to inform them of non-renewal 30 days before the contract term date.

Last edited by sinistral55; 11-28-2009 at 08:28 PM.
Yes the plan is correct. You can choose from one of two options. The only thing is is that you DO have to refill it every month like the Tracfone.
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Tracfone has changed. I think they now contracts and plans were the phone doesn't use aircards.

And depending one which card you buy, you don't have to refill it every month. I always buy the 60 minute card that is good for 90 days of service.

I think there is a 100 minute card that gives a year of service. You should check out the website.
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Boost is a part of Sprint/Nextel, it's $50 for unlimited minutes (nationwide), texting, & web use.

Here is the Boost website
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