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    Question Pay As You Go Recommendation

    Hello,

    This is a phone recommendation request. I am currently a TracFone customer and rarely purchase minutes (every several months or yearly). I would like to upgrade to an Android phone with GPS. I was looking over the ZTE Valet. It has the latest version of Android of any of their phones (4.1).

    Can anyone recommend a 'purchase minutes' style of phone from any carrier (ZIP 53545) with Android? I am not interested in monthly payments. The assistance is appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Ryan
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    Have you looked at the prepaid versions of T Mobile, and AT&T?

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    Hello,

    Does anyone have a suggestion for services that do not require monthly renewal? That is my goal. Some months the phone may only be used once.

    Thank you,

    Ryan
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    Thinking Strait Talk might be a good one. However they are owned by the company you are already with. Net10 is another but its also owned by the same company. You can buy the yearly minute plans rather than a day by day. Not sure how the day by day plans work with a BYOD sim or if its even possible.
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    I have a ZTE Valet. In Atlanta it uses the Verizon 3G network.
    So far in this area I have had no signal problems at all
    and the phone seems to be a great one for my needs.
    I recommend this phone for the casual user.
    It is a single core and has 512K RAM
    so if you need more power... go for another phone.
    I feel this is the right mix for Android/no contract
    and very cheap to own.
    Got mine off Amazon for $75 via Amazon Prime.
    Triple mins/text/3G data for life.
    The 1 year of service/400 mins (x3)
    is the next plan I am going to purchase.
    Tech Support was very responsive in my opinion.

    Over all very impressed with how cheap and good this
    cell phone is!
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    Do any other carriers allow minutes to roll over to the next month? I don't want to stay with this lack of options if it isn't necessary. I have been researching some other models for a BYOD.

    Several people mentioned unlocked phones. I am hoping TracFone supports something like a Huawei Premia or Vitria . The Valet would be cool. It would be great to find something with a Snapdragon S4. Anyone have experience?

    Thank you,

    Ryan
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    Hello,

    There is new information. TracFone says 'any CDMA phone.' I looked over and it recommends many phones. The search selected: Available, O/S: Android, At Least: v4.0.x Now, CPU: 1.5GHz, RAM: 1GB, Display: 1920x1080p, Any Touchscreen, Camera and Video Required, GPS Required and Wi-Fi Required. It yields (clickable). Here is a different . Does anyone have recommendations or know which have CDMA? I know of the HTC One.

    Thank you,

    Ryan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silekonn View Post
    Hello,

    There is new information. TracFone says 'any CDMA phone.' I looked over and it recommends many phones. The search selected: Available, O/S: Android, At Least: v4.0.x Now, CPU: 1.5GHz, RAM: 1GB, Display: 1920x1080p, Any Touchscreen, Camera and Video Required, GPS Required and Wi-Fi Required. It yields (clickable). Here is a different . Does anyone have recommendations or know which have CDMA? I know of the HTC One.

    Thank you,

    Ryan
    The Verizon Moto G is a CDMA phone, and it's only $99 off-contract. Not sure if you would be allowed to use it on another carrier though

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    UJ95x,

    That is a cool looking phone. The display is 720p. I will keep searching.

    Thank you,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silekonn View Post
    UJ95x,

    That is a cool looking phone. The display is 720p. I will keep searching.

    Thank you,

    Ryan
    Yup, a really good phone. Best value for a phone in my opinion, even more than the Nexus

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Yup, a really good phone. Best value for a phone in my opinion, even more than the Nexus
    My biggest problem with the Verizon CDMA Moto G is they don't seem to allow activation on a pay-as-you-go plan. They only have expensive monthly plans as an option. Officially.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn Rancher View Post
    My biggest problem with the Verizon CDMA Moto G is they don't seem to allow activation on a pay-as-you-go plan. They only have expensive monthly plans as an option. Officially.
    All Verizon prepaid phones are like that.

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    Hello,

    That is true. There is no way to attain the Moto G CDMA. Verizon wants $60 per month for their lowest plan. What a rip-off.

    Ryan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silekonn View Post
    Hello,

    That is true. There is no way to attain the Moto G CDMA. Verizon wants $60 per month for their lowest plan. What a rip-off.

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    There is a way, just not financially feasible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    All Verizon prepaid phones are like that.
    Not necessarily. I have had Verizon prepaid phones on a daily plan, as well as a true pay-as-you-go prepaid plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn Rancher View Post
    Not necessarily. I have had Verizon prepaid phones on a daily plan, as well as a true pay-as-you-go prepaid plan.
    How long ago was this? And was the device used on prepaid for at least six months?

    I had a RAZR V3cpp (prepaid) on my postpaid plan. Verizon supposedly closed that loophole shortly after releasing that prepaid phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silekonn View Post
    Do any other carriers allow minutes to roll over to the next month? I don't want to stay with this lack of options if it isn't necessary. I have been researching some other models for a BYOD.

    Several people mentioned unlocked phones. I am hoping TracFone supports something like a Huawei Premia or Vitria . The Valet would be cool. It would be great to find something with a Snapdragon S4. Anyone have experience?

    Thank you,

    Ryan

    Does it have to be CDMA? Airvoice wireless (GSM; AT&T mvno) has a $10 plan 250 minute 500 text and the balance does carry over if you renew. I had a good experience with them. If BYOD they only sell standard sized sims. You have to get a micro or nano pre-cut (or cut it yourself) off of eBay.
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    Hello,

    TracFone doesn't require any purchase aside yearly. Your number stays active for the time frame. They have double and triple minutes / data for life. If I can stay with them I will. Their BYOD plan is gaining momentum. The bottom line is they don't say that Sprint devices are not allowed and they really only take phones for Verizon and one other network. All of this is from the 10-page thread on their forum. I am thinking of switching on the grounds the Moto G looks great and the CDMA version is unavailable without contracting (see my posts on Motorola's board). Ting and a few other providers have some decently cheap plans for GSM (~$5/m + minutes). It is undecided.

    Thank you,

    Ryan
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    How long ago was this? And was the device used on prepaid for at least six months?
    Ah. I have zero interest in a contract. I want to use the Moto G on a pay-as-you-go plan in its own right as a secondary phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn Rancher View Post
    Ah. I have zero interest in a contract. I want to use the Moto G on a pay-as-you-go plan in its own right as a secondary phone.
    By "prepaid on a daily plan", were you referring to post-paid?
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    Time for an update. Officially Verizon will only activate their Moto G on the $60 or $70 monthly plan. However, if seems if you pick one of those plans and load less than the monthly charge, it defaults to the basic plan of $0.25 per minute and $0.20 per SMS with no mobile data.

    I did that for my VZW Moto G a few weeks ago and so far it looks good. I can send/receive calls and texts. I can access the internet over wifi. Obviously it's not for everybody but I'm posting in case it helps somebody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn Rancher View Post
    Time for an update. Officially Verizon will only activate their Moto G on the $60 or $70 monthly plan. However, if seems if you pick one of those plans and load less than the monthly charge, it defaults to the basic plan of $0.25 per minute and $0.20 per SMS with no mobile data.

    I did that for my VZW Moto G a few weeks ago and so far it looks good. I can send/receive calls and texts. I can access the internet over wifi. Obviously it's not for everybody but I'm posting in case it helps somebody.
    It looks like Verizon the Moto G with their new budget prepaid plans.

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