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Let's say that you are looking to find the least expensive cell phone service in America. For example, say you want to have a cell phone strictly for "emergency purposes", so you aren't going to use it much if at all on a month to month basis. Or let's say that you want to have a phone that you do not plan to use very much -- say 20 or 30 minutes a month.
I've looked around, and as best I can tell I think that Virgin Mobile is the cheapest way to go. Virgin has a pay-as-you-go cell phone service. Here's how it works:
If you assume that the phone lasts 24 months, and it costs $39, you are paying $1.63 per month for the phone. $20 divided by 3 months works out to $6.67 per month. So that means that it costs $8.30 per month for nationwide cell phone coverage in the United States using Virgin. You can use your phone 20 minutes a month for that amount.
It would make sense to use Virgin's service up to about one hour per month. After that, there are probably cheaper options.
If you are willing to spend more for the phone (about $90) you can get a camera phone. It costs a dime every time you send a photo.
Go to the Helpation Cell Phone Forum!
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