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Cheap cell phone?

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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?

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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/
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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!

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In that case I would assume that a couple of cheap "no contract/burner" phones would suffice.
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Can't you just keep your phone but put a different SIM in it when you get to the USA?
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Good question. Something else to look into

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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.
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Thank you all for the input.

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


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