Author Topic: Looking for new customer phone promos  (Read 761 times)

therethere

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Looking for new customer phone promos
« on: March 30, 2017, 10:01:36 AM »
I need a new cell phone number. I've always received a ton of spam calls but they have had a huge uptick in the past few months. Say multiple a day. Literally I only use the phone capabilities for my husband and my parents. I can go weeks without getting an actual phone call so its really freaking annoying. I feel like the previous owner must be giving out the number to forms or whatever that he doesn't want calls from. Before I felt I needed to keep my number, but now I don't really care.

DH needs a new phone, so I wanted to canvas to see if there are any phone specials with a new line. My plan is to get a new phone off a new line promo (whatever carrier works). Then switch my current phone to have DH to use for a month or two. Then switch back or I guess he could keep my phone. Whatever works. I can get by on 1GB/month data as long as it just slows down vs. charges you.  Looking for a month to month so I can switch it back to Cricket once the promo is over.

Priorities:
- ATT/Cricket compatible
- MicroSD slot!
- Very good camera and screen for photos
- Less than $300. Prefer more like $200-$250 with taxes
- Quick charge/Long battery life preferred.

So, any specific phone/carrier promos you could recommend for me?

I am not looking for the absolute cheapest/barebones phone. But I'm not looking for super fancy either. There's really way too many out there and I don't know what to gravitate towards its tough weeding through quality brands cheap phones. I bought my current phone on a whim on Black Friday and would repurchase the same except it hasn't gone on sale in a long time so its sitting at $300.
« Last Edit: March 30, 2017, 10:04:08 AM by therethere »

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Re: Looking for new customer phone promos
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2017, 10:13:09 AM »
I was getting a lot of marketing calls on my cell. So I added my number to the do not call registry. More information available here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0133-cell-phones-and-do-not-call-registry. Then when the marketers called anyway I reported it to the FTC https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/media/video-0028-what-do-if-you-get-robocall

The call volume dried up quick after just one or two reports.

This guide helped me out the last time I was shopping for a new phone/carrier http://www.techmeshugana.com/theguide/

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Re: Looking for new customer phone promos
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2017, 10:39:57 AM »
^What that guy said. *waves hello to the fellow Okie*

The only thing I might add on the specific subject of robocalls is that the pool of available phone numbers is pretty fixed, and number turnover has increased over the years - especially with the expansion in popularity of disposable numbers, VoIP in general, the internet of things being wired through the mobile network, and the decreasing overall time that used phone numbers are being left out of the reactivation pool before being pressed back into service. As such, there's no guarantee that a number change will actually improve the situation. I've been getting more junk calls lately myself. A lot of others have, too. The only way to fight it, unless your carrier allows you to do phone number whitelisting (no mobile carrier that I know of does that), is through FCC complaints and smartphone call screening software such as Mr. Number (which datamines you just to filter others out) if your phone doesn't give you the option to whitelist in the OS itself (as far as I'm aware, that's still something I think only Windows Phone does currently - but anyone please correct me if I'm wrong).

As for phones, for utilitarian workhorses that aren't used for excessive social networking and as entertainment devices, again, Windows Phones are good, especially used for the money. A used Lumia 640 can be picked up carrier unlocked in good condition for around $50-75. Still has long term Windows 10 support on it, you can replace the battery yourself, and most everyone I've recommend one to has liked the thing.
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Re: Looking for new customer phone promos
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 02:00:00 PM »
I was getting a lot of marketing calls on my cell. So I added my number to the do not call registry. More information available here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0133-cell-phones-and-do-not-call-registry. Then when the marketers called anyway I reported it to the FTC https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/media/video-0028-what-do-if-you-get-robocall

The call volume dried up quick after just one or two reports.

This guide helped me out the last time I was shopping for a new phone/carrier http://www.techmeshugana.com/theguide/
Thanks for the info and links!