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I'm "poor" but I would like a smartphone. I don't have $600 for a phone. I hear "free iPhone 4 with contract" but the contracts are all twice the price of their own month by month plan, which I find odd since they aren't guaranteed a payment every month. AT&T has a $50 Monthly Unlimited Plan but on contract it's $90 so where's the free phone? What's a boy to do? Wait until Black Friday price wars?

by Anonymousreply 2910/01/2013

I, too, would like to know...

by Anonymousreply 109/29/2013

Sorry, you lost me at 'I'm poor'. Never lead with 'I'm poor'.

by Anonymousreply 209/29/2013

T-Mobile is offering the iPhone 5c (16GB version) for no money down and $22/month.

by Anonymousreply 309/29/2013

If you are as poor as you claim, you can't afford a smart phone. It's a waste of money that is best spent elsewhere. Nobody needs a smart phone.

And nothing is free. You're paying for the "free" phone through the contract price.

by Anonymousreply 409/29/2013

I rarely absolutely, positively need a cell phone. but when I have, I have just asked to borrow the next person I see's cell phone.

71.75% of the people in the USA carry these things now, smart or otherwise, and I see no reason to worry my checking account's pretty little balance about paying for one of my own.

Definitely a mere convenience ... RARELY a necessity.

by Anonymousreply 509/29/2013

R5, you can get a Nokia 520 for $99 with no contract (free with contract for two years).

It's a great little device, and if you decide to switch to another phone in the future, you can still keep it around as an MP3 player, game device, etc.

You can't go wrong for $99 ... it's one of the best selling phones in the world actually, because it's good quality, rugged, and VERY inexpensive.

by Anonymousreply 609/29/2013

Are pay-as-you-go phone cards or contracts the way to go. Its a pain in the ass buying and adding them.

by Anonymousreply 709/29/2013

Yes r6, a cheap phone may be had, but how much is it per month?

by Anonymousreply 809/29/2013

R8, depends on the carrier and the plan.

You can buy the device with no contract, and it's free (make phone calls using Skype with available wireless). Obviously that's not all that useful in most situations, but you can shop around for "go phone" plans, or a plan you can afford.

by Anonymousreply 909/29/2013

People who are shelling out for these expensive phones are the same ones complaining they can't afford to buy health insurance.

by Anonymousreply 1009/29/2013

Are you hot? I've seen people on Craig's List whoring for an iPhone.

by Anonymousreply 1109/29/2013

Did you look at Boost or Metro PCS?

by Anonymousreply 1209/29/2013

If you're paying for DL, God only knows where else you're throwing away your money.

by Anonymousreply 1309/29/2013

I have a cell phone from Jitterbug. Phone is free. No contract. Approximately 16 dollars a month. I get one half hour calling per month but accumulates. Phone is only a phone no pictures or computer. It is mostly for emergencies. I am not impressed by fancy phones. I also own a home outright because I don't feel the neceseity to indulge in trends.

by Anonymousreply 1409/29/2013

Owning a home outright? Sorry you're missing out on all the mortgage interest deductions...

by Anonymousreply 1509/29/2013

I own two homes outright and have an iPhone and an ipad. It's not an either-or situation.

by Anonymousreply 1609/29/2013

I've been with Boost for about three years now and my partner has been with them for about five.

We both have Android smartphones with unlimited, text, data, etc.. Well, it's not truly unlimited - if you go over a certain data threshold, they reduce the speed. But even as fairly heavy data users, we don't come anywhere near the threshold. We each pay $40 a month with their "shrinkage" plan. For a little bit more, you can add international calling or make your phone into a wifi hotspot (if you have a model capable).

They don't have iPhones, but otherwise, they've got a pretty good selection of phones.

We got his father a Boost mobile phone and plan over the summer, too.

by Anonymousreply 1709/29/2013

If you can afford to invest in real property and buy every latest gimmick then go for it. But when OP initially States he wants something that he can't afford because he is poor he quite possibly doesn't have his priorities straight. This is how people get overwhelmed and into financial trouble. Get it?

by Anonymousreply 1809/29/2013

r18. I get it. I have an android 3G phone and its pay as you go. I paid 65.00 for it. It's 25.00 a month. Unlimited text and internet and 300 minutes. I text everyone so rarely run out of minutes. You can also pay as you want. I pay through direct withdrawal.

by Anonymousreply 1909/29/2013

I said "poor". I have the $50 a month for service, I don't have the $700-$900 to lay out for a phone and when you go for the "free" phone, the $50 service jumps to $90 or more. I'm looking for different alternatives. Some here are interesting, thanks for them.

by Anonymousreply 2009/29/2013

Last year I paid full price for my Galaxy SII, but I have the Walmart T-Mobile monthly "pay as you go" plan.

Good: For $30 I get unlimited web and text (up to 5GB high-speed; I never use that much), with 100 minutes of talk time. I rarely use my cell for calls, but I text and email quite a bit so the plan is perfect for me.

Bad: You have to buy a phone at Walmart. The store does carry some inexpensive phones that are eligible for the plan.

by Anonymousreply 2109/29/2013

i waitress and found a blackberry and nobody claimed it for over a week so I kept it and used it, it lasted me over 6 years and I had a pay as you go contract with t-mobile.

It finally died on me and I bought a new blackberry, yes it was 600 bucks but it was worth it because I can't type on touchscreen and i use it mainly for textng. it has a great camera too. So it's basically a phone and camera for me.

I don't use those fancy apps or check in at places etc. I still use pay as you go.

by Anonymousreply 2209/29/2013

R10, who are you to question how poor people spend our money?

by Anonymousreply 2309/29/2013

R22, how long are your nails?

by Anonymousreply 2409/29/2013

i am in mgmt, i send dozens of texts and emails, blackberry keyboard makes my life easier.

by Anonymousreply 2509/29/2013

Go to It is a new phone company with the most coverage of any phone I have seen. You have to buy one of their two Samsung phones they offer ($160) but your service is approximately $15 a month. Check it out.

by Anonymousreply 2609/29/2013

[quote]I have a cell phone from Jitterbug. Phone is free. No contract. Approximately 16 dollars a month. I get one half hour calling per month but accumulates. Phone is only a phone no pictures or computer. It is mostly for emergencies. I am not impressed by fancy phones. I also own a home outright because I don't feel the neceseity to indulge in trends.

I think we've found the oldest living Datalounger.

by Anonymousreply 2709/29/2013

[bold]No contract, no fee: Free (500MB) smartphone plan offered by FreedomPop[/bold]

FreedomPop, a cellular hotspot company that lures customers with free, entry-level data packages, is getting into the smartphone business.

The company announced today that it's launching a mobile phone service in which the entry-level package costs nothing and includes 500MB of data, 500 text messages, and 200 anytime voice minutes. Anything beyond that requires payment of usage fees. The company is calling this first offering a "beta" and will take signups at

At first, the free plans will only be available for the HTC Evo Design, a two-year-old phone running Android 2.3. FreedomPop is selling refurbished versions of the device for $99. That might entice some people who still use non-smartphones, but to really compete in the smartphone market, FreedomPop will need a broader lineup.

"A year from now I'd expect us to have at least six or seven of the most popular handsets in the market available but with a free plan," FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols told Ars. "We're not tied to one handset because you can't disrupt with one handset. Our objective is basically to look like any carrier, the difference being our plan is free, you can get a free plan."

He also said FreedomPop plans to upgrade the Evo to Android 4.0 sometime after launch.

FreedomPop's service rides on the Sprint network—which is rather slow, according to several Ars commenters.

Besides selling phones itself, FreedomPop will eventually allow customers to bring their own phones and get a free plan. "Any phone attached to the Sprint network" will work, a company spokesperson told Ars. While the Evo Design uses CDMA and WiMAX, FreedomPop plans to support LTE devices as well. No timelines for those upgrades have been announced.

FreedomPop will make money by selling fee-based plans to those who want more than what the free usage tier offers. $10.99 per month will provide unlimited voice and texting with the same 500MB data cap. $7.99 per month will provide 500 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited FreedomPop to FreedomPop calling, and 500MB of data.

Customers will be charged one cent for each megabyte of data they use past 500. That works out to $10 per gigabyte.

FreedomPop voice calling will happen entirely with Voice over IP (VoIP) to save the company money, Stokols said. The company's version of the Evo Design has been optimized so that the native dialer can be used for FreedomPop voice calls, even though they're being routed through the Sprint data network instead of the voice network, he said.

Stokols hopes to make some extra revenue on voice calling and future updates that add conference calling or video calls for a fee.

The phone launch comes one year after the company started its hotspot business. It's been rocky at times, Stokols acknowledged. He pointed to early complaints about devices not dropping back to 3G when 4G wasn't available, and device orders being delayed.

"There were a shitload of operational issues that we just had to learn the hard way," he said. The phone launch is more difficult than a hotspot, obviously, but he said FreedomPop is being far more methodical in its rollout this time around. Customer support has been tripled in the past two months to make sure FreedomPop can respond to customer complaints the day they come in, he said.

"We know the phone is going to have 10 times the complexity of a hotspot," Stokols said.

by Anonymousreply 2810/01/2013

I might wait two months for Black Friday, or go ahead and check out the Android phones on Amazon, OP. I got a Motorola Droid Razr M for 1 cent during Black Friday last year - it's been a great phone, no complaints (though if you live in California, you have to pay tax on the full retail price of the phone, which was $50). I'm sure they have deals on other Android phones running year round - e.g. right now there are 1 cent Motorola Admiral and HTC EVO LTE phones if you get a contract.

by Anonymousreply 2910/01/2013
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