Thursday, February 09, 2006

Emergency Cell Phone Plan for 25 Cents a Day

Do you want a cell phone to keep with you or in your car for emergencies? Pay as you go cell phone service may well be your best option.

For people accustomed to conventional cellular contracts, this approach may sound a little strange. With most cell phone plans you buy a package of minutes for so much per month. The smallest packages from the major carriers are around $35 to $40 a month with a two year contract. Those plans make sense if you use your cell phone all the time. But what if you rarely need to use a phone?

Why have a cell phone and not use it constantly? Lots of people still have their home phone number published and use it for most of their calls. It's the number that family, friends and businesses know to call. When they're out and about, they just don't need to use a phone most of the time. Oh, it's true. Only half the drivers you see have a cell phone glued to their ear.

Before cell phones, if you needed to make a call you found a pay phone or raised the hood of your car and waited for a good Samaritan or police officer to come to your aid. Pay phones are getting hard to find these days and it's a little scary to be broken down at night or in the middle of nowhere without a way to call for help. Maybe you get stuck in one of those rush hour traffic jams where nothing moves, much less rushes, for at least an hour. That's the perfect time to turn on your cell phone and call to tell the family you are going to be really late tonight.

Well, you probably have your own ideas about why you really need a cell phone handy. But who wants to pay $40 or more a month when you may only use it a couple of times or not at all? Fortunately, there's no need to spend that much. Using pay as you go cell phones from OPEX Wireless, you can hold your regular monthly cellular access payment down to $7.75 a month. Like I mentioned previously, that guarantees that your number will remain active. But how much does it cost to make a call? It's 9.9 cents to make your call, plus 9.9 cents a minute for as long as you talk.

That seems pretty reasonable and it really is, especially when you consider that there is no contract and no minimum usage requirement. You also get a bunch of extras included free that you might otherwise expect to pay for. These include roaming, voicemail, Caller ID, call waiting, and 3-way conference calling.

There are lots of billing options, too. The standard option is to get an electronic bill through your email every month. For a small extra charge, you can choose to get a paper bill mailed to you just like any other phone bill. Or, you can elect to have your cell phone bill charged to your credit card every month so you don't have to worry about it.

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