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Highest Echelon

A personal finance blog. Paying for my University, life and eventually achieving financial freedom.

I Use Virgin Mobile, Here's Why

Monday, October 09, 2006

The actual phone cost $150 a few years ago (you can probably buy the model I have for about $80 now or even 40 bucks if you look on eBay). In order to keep it active I have to pay $20 every 90 days. So $6.66 and 1/3 cents per month. It's 25 cents per minute for the first 10 minutes and then 10 cents after that for that day. Text messages are 5 cents to send and receive. It works off the Sprint network, has caller ID, speakerphone, and a camera (which I've used like 3 times...)

Remember, since it's prepaid the phone isn't great if you are an avid talker because you'll eat through your minutes, but it is great for emergencies, and some quick calls. For me it's perfect. 80 minutes for 3 months is plenty for me and the remaining balance rolls over to the next 90 day period. I have a credit balance of over 40 bucks and I only top it off every 89 days.

Also since it's prepaid, you don't have to pay communications tax and you can never be charged more than what you put on the phone. In order to save a trip to the store, you can also buy the $20 topup cards (they come in increments of $20, $30, and $50) on eBay for $17-$19 (free shipping since they usually just send the pin via email). Or you can just log on to Virgin's website and pay with your credit card.

I also use this site to send free text messages when I'm at home. TXT Ez
or if that's down Free Yahoo Text
posted by johnwilkx, 8:39 PM

3 Comments:

Wow, great article. Got any idea where I can get a deal on a laptop?
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, Tue Oct 10, 12:55:00 PM 2006  
Nice. I am in the process of looking for a new deal (you know that already coz you left a comment on that post about virgin mobile). I will keep you updated about what I get.
Great. Remember if you get something non-prepaid you have to pay what the contract says, then communications tax and state and local taxes.

However, I also realize that I cant use prepaid forever. Someday I'll just need something with more minutes. So I'd love to hear what phone you get, what service provider you get, how much the contract is per month, and then what the actual payment is. :)

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