Low Cost Burner Phone?

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Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by LuigiLikesPizza » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:31 pm

For various reasons, we wish to keep a low cost burner phone with us at all times as a back up.

It seems that even with pay-as-you-go, there are monthly fees.

Please suggest a brand that you may have experience with and would stay with (will need cell coverage pretty much anywhere in the US) . Thanks

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by runner3081 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:46 pm

If it is Sprint network compatible, hard to beat Tello.

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by Utvolfan1 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:20 pm

I’ve used TracFone for years in my medical practice as an “on call” phone. They work great and the price is unbeatable. They use Verizon and ATT towers.

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by hudson » Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:38 pm

Here's what I've done in the past....

Tracfone: https://shop.tracfone.com/shop/en/tracf ... lsrc=aw.ds

sort low to high...choose a phone...maybe ALCATEL MYFLIP™ (A405DL) for $20
https://shop.tracfone.com/shop/en/tracf ... lip-a405dl

Maybe order a 400 minute, 365 day plan for $100: https://shop.tracfone.com/shop/en/tracf ... a405dl#top
Last edited by hudson on Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by jjface » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:12 pm

hudson wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:38 pm
Here's what I do....

Tracfone: https://shop.tracfone.com/shop/en/tracf ... lsrc=aw.ds

sort low to high...choose a phone...maybe ALCATEL MYFLIP™ (A405DL) for $20
https://shop.tracfone.com/shop/en/tracf ... lip-a405dl

Maybe order a 400 minute, 365 day plan for $100: https://shop.tracfone.com/shop/en/tracf ... a405dl#top
They have a much better 365 day add on for $49.99 on ebay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tracfone-Prepa ... 3448464240

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by Trader Joe » Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:50 pm

LuigiLikesPizza wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:31 pm
For various reasons, we wish to keep a low cost burner phone with us at all times as a back up.

It seems that even with pay-as-you-go, there are monthly fees.

Please suggest a brand that you may have experience with and would stay with (will need cell coverage pretty much anywhere in the US) . Thanks
This is incorrect. Tracfone does not have monthly fees. They are very reliable. This includes their cheapest phones. Best of luck.

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by hudson » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:19 pm

jjface wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:12 pm
They have a much better 365 day add on for $49.99 on ebay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tracfone-Prepa ... 3448464240
Thanks!

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by dumbmoney » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:50 pm

T-mobile is reasonably priced, $3/month minimum (30 minutes included). Use any GSM phone.
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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by cookieid » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:16 am

hudson wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:19 pm
jjface wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:12 pm
They have a much better 365 day add on for $49.99 on ebay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tracfone-Prepa ... 3448464240
Thanks!
With $10 more you could get a phone plus additional minute/txt at https://www.hsn.com/shop/tracfone-cell- ... 0373-10962

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by ddd » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:52 am

for sprint compatible phones: tello.
for gsm (t-mo, att): lycamobile

true pay-as-you-go. no monthly fee. no expiration date. as long as you use it as least once per 90 days to keep the number alive. just make a 1min call or send a text, 1-2c.

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by Shallowpockets » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:11 am

LuigiLikesPizza wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:31 pm
For various reasons, we wish to keep a low cost burner phone with us at all times as a back up.
Curious as to reasons why. Has something happened one time where you would have resorted to a backup phone? You state, "we", so presumably that is at least two people and usually in this day and age that would mean each had their own phone.
Maybe you could just add a line to your present plan with a separate phone number.
Maybe is is a solution to a problem that doesn't really exist.

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by miles monroe » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:51 am

a little over a year ago i bought a tracphone smart phone second phone from QVC. it cost $85 and came with a years service, 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, and 1GB of data. runs on verizon.

after the first year i had virtually all of the minutes and texts left so i really only needed to extend the service time. this they don't offer. but.. if you buy 1 month of service (with texts and minutes) for $15 you are then given the option to add on a years service (with the same 1000 texts etc as it originally came with) for $49.

so after the initial purchase $65 for 13 months of service and more texts and minutes that i'll ever use.

it actually came in handy when my nexxus 5x died midway in a cross country car trip and became my only phone for close to a 2 week period.

having said that i probably will not renew the service 11 months from now when my time is up.

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by LuigiLikesPizza » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:11 am

<<Maybe you could just add a line to your present plan with a separate phone number.>>>

We now realize this is the best option. Currently using iPhones via Consumer Cellular, so we'll add another line.

Obvi, another iPhone is overkill.

Please recommend a reliable back up phone to keep on hand for a spare - an older refurbished iPhone, or a cheaper but reliable Android? Thoughts? thanks

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by Elric » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:43 am

Are you looking for just a backup prepaid phone, or a true burner phone that you will dispose of once you use it?
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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by Mr. Rumples » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:47 am

I use trac phone. Never an issue. One note: after you get it and if you want to buy minutes, call from a landline. If you use their phone they don't give you credit for the minutes you are on the phone with them.

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by cherijoh » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:57 am

Mr. Rumples wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:47 am
I use trac phone. Never an issue. One note: after you get it and if you want to buy minutes, call from a landline. If you use their phone they don't give you credit for the minutes you are on the phone with them.
You can buy more minutes online - no need to call.

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Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

Post by ThisTimeItsDifferent » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:22 am

miles monroe wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:51 am
a little over a year ago i bought a tracphone smart phone second phone from QVC. it cost $85 and came with a years service, 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, and 1GB of data. runs on verizon.

after the first year i had virtually all of the minutes and texts left so i really only needed to extend the service time. this they don't offer. but.. if you buy 1 month of service (with texts and minutes) for $15 you are then given the option to add on a years service (with the same 1000 texts etc as it originally came with) for $49.
You can also buy 1000 texts for $5 and then add on the year of service for $49.

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