We are not into high tech for our cell phones. We see it only needed so that family can reach us when we are not home, but mainly for safety when on the road. We drive about 20-45 miles each way through the country side in four different directions to get to the homes of different relatives. We can text, phone, and have roll-over minutes.
We currently have one Trac-phone and one Net-10. They use the same towers. Cost us about $26 a month for the two together. Two years ago, we could go any direction for at lest 200 miles and also drove to Colorado a year ago and had good service and towers everywhere we went. The only place we had problems were in a national park where there were no towers.
In the past 6-8 months, all the sudden, we can drive to any of the four relatives mentioned above and be without service for 4-5 miles at a time. We find this disturbing alone. My brother thinks it is because we have a basic phone and just need a higher tech phone - even though we are not paying for the higher tech services.
The bigger problem. On my phone, they have quit adding minutes in February. I had a lot of roll over minutes, so still have about 200 minutes, and I have been rationing my minutes for a couple months. We quit paying them a month ago after many frustrating phone calls with out-sourced, foreign speaking support services. We have also contacted the company on line.
We are afraid they will cut us off any day now. So we are checking other companies again. AT&T is suppose to have excellent coverage of towers in our area. They have a local cell phone office, that we visited. Costs upward of $60 per phone and require a minimum of a one year contract. My neighbor has used them for over 5 years, and has been required to renew the contract every year.
AARP Bulletin advertises CONSUMER CELLULAR.
The best we can figure, they use AT&T towers, and, do not require a contract. And, have a 45 minute/45 day money-back guarantee of satisfaction. We don't know what language they speak.
If we switch both our phones, there is one package with CONSUMER CELLULAR that has all the bells and whistles that is $40.38 for both phones together. That is cheaper than AT&T for one phone. There are other packages that would be around $30 for the two phones. [these prices are with the AARP 5% discount]
This is their website. www.consumercellular.com
I realize that what works in one part of the country may not in another.
But, does anybody have any experience with CONSUMER CELLULAR?
Does anybody think my brother is right that the basic phones cannot pick up a tower in the same location as the real expensive ones can?
Is it worth spending %40 to %100 extra on the phone itself, even if you are not planning to buy the bells and whistles package.
Any other suggestions?
Edited by: 60SIXTY at: 7/16/2010 (15:28)