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|2009-01-14 10:56 AM|
|2009-01-14 10:19 AM|
Jitterbug simple phone
If I lived in the States, I would have the Jitterbug. It is simple with big buttons and all the phone I want. The Canadian phone companies are run by young people for young people; they're, like, all about smart(ass) phones and cool,kool,cool. I am 66 and I need reading glasses and a stylus to work my cellphone. A spastic or simpleton couldn't begin to use it, even to dial 911.
|2007-12-21 10:23 PM|
I discovered the same thing at the store. You can also activate on the internet (like Virgin) and provide a random IMEI too
BTW, the SIM is still $25
|2007-12-21 08:12 PM|
|sk1d||I didn't give them my imei. I activated over the phone and told them I had no clue what they were talking about, but she still activated the sim card. My phone is not locked to rogers as I've used other sim cards in europe.|
|2007-12-21 11:25 AM|
The only reason I'd buy the cheapo phone is for the activation process i.e. keep my real phone clean and unlocked, plus use it as a backup.
I'm going to FS/BB later today to pickup the Virgin mobile, so I'll ask while I'm there.
|2007-12-21 10:04 AM|
Originally Posted by Paolo
|2007-12-20 09:26 PM|
Originally Posted by jwt873 View Post
|2007-12-20 08:39 PM|
Originally Posted by apn View Post
You don't need to buy a phone to get a rogers sim card. Go to any rogers store and ask for one. It was about $25 when I bought mine a couple years ago.
|2007-12-18 01:09 PM|
All things considered, I think Virgin is the best bet for prepaid, and if it wasn't for the no-roaming limitation, I'd be buying two mobiles. I'm going to sign up for a $100 automatic top-up, which I figure will last 6 months or so.
I'm not a huge Rogers fan, but the GSM service does have an important benefit over CDMA i.e. the "world phone" option. In addition to International roaming you have the option to buy a cheap pre-paid SIM card in the US, Europe or Asia.
I'm planning to get the cheapest phone Ted offers on a prepaid plan, then pickup an unlocked SonyEricson W810i or something similar in the States. I can then put Ted's SIM in that and I'm done. Then I have the $$ option to roam or simply buy a cheap prepaid SIM if I think I'll actually need the phone while travelling.
Hawaii is awesome. You'll love it
|2007-12-18 11:24 AM|
I've since signed up with Virgin on the $10 plan. As you pointed out, it is $10 plus .10 cents for every minute you use. For a light talker, it's pretty cheap for me. I only use about an hour a month, so I'm looking at $16 per month + taxes. That's much less than my current $25 plan that costs near $40 once all the extra fees are added.
I did miss the part where you mentioned Virgin has no US roaming. I wish I didn't miss that because I realized this after I had signed up... Ugh.. I do travel in the US now and then and that might be a problem. (I'm going to Hawaii in February).
On Rogers GSM phones... I don't know how it is now, but 5 years ago I drove from Toronto to Winnipeg through the U.S. with a Roger's phone. Once I got out of Detroit I had 'No Service' for most of the way through Ohio and Indiana. None of the many cell towers I saw along the way supported GSM. I wasn't impressed. It might be different now, but then, I only got coverage near major centers.
|2007-12-18 08:05 AM|
I think I finally have it figured out...
We'll try the $10/month Virgin plan w/ 10cent anytime minutes for my wife and I'm going to look for a cheapo Rogers plan w/ a cheapo phone (selection is crummy, but I can buy an unlocked phone).
Unlike Bell/Telus, the advantage of Rogers being on GSM is that I can buy and use pre-paid SIM cards in the US or other countries for as little as $10. The cheaper cards seem to expire in 30 days, which is fine, but the $100 cards are good for a year.
|2007-12-17 03:29 PM|
I'm thinking that it will be less expensive to pay $$ for long distance vs. shopping-for and buying a TracFone and letting most/all of the minutes expire.
I guess I'm still used to the Europeam model, where you fly from one country to another and simply switch on your phone, and it works
Having looked at the available options, I'm basically settled on the Virgin $10/month plan (10cent anytime minutes) for my wife, but thinking Rogers PayGo may be best for me.
|2007-12-17 02:50 PM|
Why in the world would you use a Canadian Cell-Phone in the U.S.??
MUCH cheaper to just buy a cheap prepaid cell-phone in the states for use in the states. I have a TracFone that I bought that only cost $30 and included 80 minutes of airtime (no long distance either - you can call anywhere in the U.S./Canada for the same rate)
|2007-12-16 09:06 PM|
I need a 2nd phone for my wife's occasional use, which is why I'm thinking that a Virgin PrePaid is the most economical option, although I don't know all the caveats and I should take a look at the other resellers on Rogers, namely 2-Eleven and PetroCan, others?
Looking at http://www.virginmobile.ca/site/en/p...dFeatures.html
Unless I'm missing something, it appears that $20/mo is the first plan that actually includes airtime.
The breakeven point for the $10 plan seems to be 50 minutes. That is, if you're going to use more than 50mins/month it's cheaper to pay the $10 fee to get a 10c/min rate. Less than 50mins/month is cheaper on the 30c/min rate.
Other considerations for me are that long distance isn't really a big factor, but I do travel to the US a few times a year, so roaming is important.
I'm thinking the best way forward is for me to estimate our collective monthly talk time and then calculate the 3yr cost of services with the various carriers, including handset purchase.
At 150mins/month a post-paid faimily plan will run us about 55*12*3 = $1,980
At the same rate, a $10 Virgin plan will run us 100+100+(20+.1*150)*12*3 = $1,460, assuming the handsets are $100 each.
So a Virgin plan saves $520 over the 3 year term, and allows rollover of the unused minutes Only problem is, I need one phone to work in the US.
My last question is if Rogers charges a SAF for its Pay As U Go service? Bell's Solo is charging $3.95/mo SAF, which immediately makes it more expensive than the other PrePaid options.
|2007-12-16 07:44 PM|
|congo||I'm on Virgin now and thinking of getting a new phone but want to see what others are offering as well since I can take my number with me. I currently paid the $100 one year top up which has saved me money so far. I was topping up every three months but I kept carrying over.|
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