1. CyclingBear's Avatar
    Hey there, doods and doodettes -

    First, a confession: I'm not a mobile phone person. I make 8-10 short calls a week, I live in the 'burbs north of Washington DC, I don't text (ever), and so for the past five years I've relied on a tiny, almost-free, pay-as-you-go Virgin Mobile flip phone. (Go ahead, laugh.)
    I take a lot of crap from my friends and coworkers about my POS mobile device, but, hey, it works for me. (Did I also mention I'm a cheapskate?)

    I just changed jobs and will be traveling to Iowa and Nebraska once or twice a month. On my first trip there I had no cell service on the road. This is a serious problem, as I need to reach coworkers, managers and the g/f on a regular basis. Some locals told me Verizon is the only carrier in Iowa with reliable service throughout the state. So it looks like I'm going to need a new phone.

    I want to resolve this dilemma in the most inexpensive way possible. No $50-60/month data plans, as the job won't pay even a portion of the cost (Ugh!) and, again, I don't use the phone more than absolutely necessary. But I need internet connectivity to look up addresses and directions, receive email, etc. And I want something small enough to carry in my pants pocket, without looking like a deformed porn star.

    So what I'm asking you kind and knowledgeable folks is this: How can I best handle this phone and service upgrade on the cheap? Do I buy my own Verizon-compatible phone? Brand/model suggestions would be greatly appreciated (think: basic feature set). Do I opt for prepaid, pay-as-you-go or contract service? I've also heard StraightTalk uses the Verizon towers and is less expensive, though some folks told me they had bad experiences with the company.

    Please have pity on a smartphone noob and give me the benefit of your experience. Thank you.
    01-11-2014 05:09 AM
  2. Gekko's Avatar
    Straight Talk Samsung S738C Galaxy Centura Prepaid Smartphone (Android 4.0) = $99 for Phone + $45/Month Unlimited Talk/Text/Data (Centura uses Verizon's Network) Prepaid/No Contract

    Straight Talk Samsung S738C Galaxy Centura Prepaid Smartphone: Prepaid Cell Phones : Walmart.com
    CyclingBear likes this.
    01-11-2014 05:37 AM
  3. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Hey there, doods and doodettes -

    First, a confession: I'm not a mobile phone person. I make 8-10 short calls a week, I live in the 'burbs north of Washington DC, I don't text (ever), and so for the past five years I've relied on a tiny, almost-free, pay-as-you-go Virgin Mobile flip phone. (Go ahead, laugh.)
    I take a lot of crap from my friends and coworkers about my POS mobile device, but, hey, it works for me. (Did I also mention I'm a cheapskate?)

    I just changed jobs and will be traveling to Iowa and Nebraska once or twice a month. On my first trip there I had no cell service on the road. This is a serious problem, as I need to reach coworkers, managers and the g/f on a regular basis. Some locals told me Verizon is the only carrier in Iowa with reliable service throughout the state. So it looks like I'm going to need a new phone.

    I want to resolve this dilemma in the most inexpensive way possible. No $50-60/month data plans, as the job won't pay even a portion of the cost (Ugh!) and, again, I don't use the phone more than absolutely necessary. But I need internet connectivity to look up addresses and directions, receive email, etc. And I want something small enough to carry in my pants pocket, without looking like a deformed porn star.

    So what I'm asking you kind and knowledgeable folks is this: How can I best handle this phone and service upgrade on the cheap? Do I buy my own Verizon-compatible phone? Brand/model suggestions would be greatly appreciated (think: basic feature set). Do I opt for prepaid, pay-as-you-go or contract service? I've also heard StraightTalk uses the Verizon towers and is less expensive, though some folks told me they had bad experiences with the company.

    Please have pity on a smartphone noob and give me the benefit of your experience. Thank you.
    Welcome to the forums. I think Net 10 also works on Verizon's cell network.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    CyclingBear likes this.
    01-11-2014 08:48 AM
  4. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Welcome! Hopefully the above information is of some help to you. Let us know if you have further questions.
    CyclingBear likes this.
    01-11-2014 11:12 AM

Similar Threads

  1. completely out of internal memory HELP
    By mandroiddrone in forum LG Optimus L
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-20-2014, 12:34 AM
  2. I need more control
    By xchange in forum General News & Discussion
    Replies: 144
    Last Post: 01-25-2014, 03:19 PM
  3. Galaxy S3: My phone doesn't turn on :(
    By lmroks in forum Samsung Galaxy 3
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-11-2014, 10:06 AM
  4. HTC Evo Design 4g caught in Boot-Loop Help!!
    By doomjuice20 in forum HTC EVO Design 4G
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-11-2014, 12:42 AM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD