Cheap cell phone?


Reports and stories from trips, planning of gatherings, questions about how to get there!
  • Sponsored Links
Post Reply
User avatar
Sidcar
Posts: 581
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:07 pm
Location: Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Motorcycle: 1995 GL1500 SE (20th Anniversary) and Squire RX4 sidecar

Cheap cell phone?

Post by Sidcar » Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:22 pm



How cheap can I get a cell phone in the US?
Me and the family are hoping to do a city break to New York this year. To use a UK cell phone in the US will cost me an outrageous £5 a day plus my contract minutes just ring my daughter and see if she's ready to go (are they ever) so I'm thinking it might be a lot cheaper to buy a local cell phone (if it had 50 minutes on it that would be more than enough). Good idea or no?

Sid



User avatar
alwrmcusn
Posts: 61
Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:22 am
Location: Rockwood, TN
Motorcycle: 2008 GL1800 MotorTrike (2015)
Contact:

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by alwrmcusn » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:18 pm

I assume you would be making calls back to the UK? That might make a difference in "Burner" phone charges.
I have been a Consumer Cellular user for over 10 years. No contract required, a basic plan is very cheap. My wife (from N. Ireland) calls her brother and the charges are very small for short conversations. She rarely has longer than 10-15 minute calls to the County Tyrone area. Take a look and see what you think. Their customer service has always been very good for us also.
www.consumercellular.com/
Image
Every motorcycle will out perform it's rider.

User avatar
Sidcar
Posts: 581
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:07 pm
Location: Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Motorcycle: 1995 GL1500 SE (20th Anniversary) and Squire RX4 sidecar

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by Sidcar » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:08 pm

Thanks for the info but all we need to do is keep in touch with each other while we're in NY i.e. I'm in the hotel lobby where on earth are you!

Sid

User avatar
alwrmcusn
Posts: 61
Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:22 am
Location: Rockwood, TN
Motorcycle: 2008 GL1800 MotorTrike (2015)
Contact:

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by alwrmcusn » Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:16 am

In that case I would assume that a couple of cheap "no contract/burner" phones would suffice.
Enjoy your visit.
Image
Every motorcycle will out perform it's rider.

User avatar
brettchallenger
Posts: 632
Joined: Sat May 29, 2010 11:03 am
Location: Driffield, the East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Motorcycle: 1978 Triumph Tiger TR7 (sold)
2000 Honda GL1500 SE
1985 MZ ETZ250 (a cold war special).

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by brettchallenger » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:28 am

Can't you just keep your phone but put a different SIM in it when you get to the USA?
Never trust a nation whose armed forces goose-step

User avatar
Sidcar
Posts: 581
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:07 pm
Location: Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Motorcycle: 1995 GL1500 SE (20th Anniversary) and Squire RX4 sidecar

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by Sidcar » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:35 am

Good question. Something else to look into

Sid

User avatar
themainviking
Posts: 2870
Joined: Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:59 pm
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 2009 GL1800 AD

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by themainviking » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:44 am

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/tracfone-lg ... Id=5190700

this is what you could reasonably expect to pay. Regular price is $15 and available at Best Buy and Walmart. Gives you 3.5 hours talk time, and I presume you can add time if needed. Donate them to a food bank or homeless shelter when you leave to keep them out of a landfill.
It ain't about the destination - it's all about the journey

ImageImage

User avatar
Sidcar
Posts: 581
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:07 pm
Location: Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Motorcycle: 1995 GL1500 SE (20th Anniversary) and Squire RX4 sidecar

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by Sidcar » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:26 pm

Thank you all for the input.

Sid

User avatar
Mh434
Posts: 1157
Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:24 pm
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1997 gl1500 SE
Previous:
1981 GL1100I
1989 Kawasaki Concours

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by Mh434 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:43 pm

Another option is to use WiFi in the hotel. My wife uses her tablet (or Android phone) to call friends in the US, and even in Australia, and it's free. It's transparent to the person on the other end - to them, it's as if you're just making a regular call from your phone.

Unfortunately, I'm not with my wife at the moment, so I can't ask her how she does it, whether she uses an app or what. What I do know is that the are nice & clear, don't exhibit any annoying delays, and seem to be as easy as making a normal phone call.

Might be worth investigating...

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 18120
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:51 pm

brettchallenger wrote:Can't you just keep your phone but put a different SIM in it when you get to the USA?
You can do this, if your phone is a quad-band "world" phone. GSM phones in the UK work on different frequencies than they do in the US. If your phone is a quad-band GSM, it will work in both places. That way you can get a pay-as-you-go account when you get here, stick the SIM in your phone, and you're away to the races.

User avatar
Mh434
Posts: 1157
Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:24 pm
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1997 gl1500 SE
Previous:
1981 GL1100I
1989 Kawasaki Concours

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by Mh434 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:19 pm

BTW, as per my previous post, my wife tells me she uses Facebook Messenger to make her free calls. I don't know exactly how she does it, but she does it often.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 18120
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:17 am

You can use Whatsapp to make free voice and video calls anywhere in the world, as long as you have Wifi, and the other person has Whatsapp as well.

If your phone provider offers Wifi VOIP (I use T-Mobile, and they do - they call it Wifi Calling) then as long as you are connected to Wifi, you can make calls as if you are at home, with no charges over and above what you would normally pay for a phone call when at home.

I personally use T-Mobile because a) it is GSM, so my quad-band phone works anywhere in the world, and b) it gives me very low cost calling overseas (low per-minute rates and no extra charges) plus free data internationally. I can make free Whatsapp calls using my free data when I am overseas, and it doesn't cost me a dime.

User avatar
keithg64
Posts: 422
Joined: Thu May 21, 2009 9:47 pm
Location: Geneseo, IL
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 Pearl Coranado Blue

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by keithg64 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:53 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
brettchallenger wrote:Can't you just keep your phone but put a different SIM in it when you get to the USA?
You can do this, if your phone is a quad-band "world" phone. GSM phones in the UK work on different frequencies than they do in the US. If your phone is a quad-band GSM, it will work in both places. That way you can get a pay-as-you-go account when you get here, stick the SIM in your phone, and you're away to the races.

This is what my daughter is doing while she is in Italy for 6 months. To communicate home we message her back and forth.
It's not what you buy, it's what you build.

BSArider
Posts: 30
Joined: Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:05 pm
Location: Hillsboro NH USA
Motorcycle: 1978 GL1000
07 Suzuki Bandit
61 BSA A10
71 Norton Commando

Re: Cheap cell phone?

Post by BSArider » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:44 am

You can buy a Trac Fone for $20.00, 120 minutes of air time cost another $20.00, good for 90 days service.



Post Reply