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How to really save money with prepaid

Since prepaid started to really make its mark on the wireless world a couple of years ago, we’ve seen many articles citing it as a way to save money. There are many, many people who don’t use their postpaid plans to the fullest, and could stand to benefit from a switch to prepaid. Depending on how much effort you put in, you can save tons and tons using prepaid, even if you don’t sign up for one of the trendy unlimited plans. Take this Howard Forums user for example. He has a nifty system that takes advantage of a few plans and combines them to make a heavy duty calling service.

Here’s what he uses:

  • H20 Wireless’s daily unlimited plan on weekends. That provides unlimited nights and weekends for $1 per day when you use the phone. So that’s $2 per week for unlimited calling from Friday evening until early Monday morning.
  • T-Mobile for nighttime calls during the week. That’s $1 per day as you use it, too, so I suppose just sticking with the H2O would work there, too.
  • Net10 for 10 cent anytime calling. I have a feeling Common Cents might take its place soon.
  • Boost Mobile for CDMA data.

If you combine these all with a Google Voice account and you could have a viable service going. The Google Voice gives you one number, which you can then set any of your phones to receive. So even if you’re going with Net10, T-Mobile, and H2O at the same time, people can still reach you with one number.

Anyone else have any cool prepaid lineups like this?

5 Responses

  1. [email protected] Says

    If u people rpaying attn..where is STRAIGHTTALK

    Posted on June 18th, 2010 at 1:49 pm
  2. MCohen Says

    Not sure if this qualifies but I use my company cellphone to receive calls and my tracfone to make them. I rarely make any calls so the savings are great! LOL!

    Posted on June 19th, 2010 at 6:39 pm
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  4. edross Says

    This is a brilliant idea. I already use Net10 and like the savings and simplicity I get with them, especially cause I’m careful about how and why I use my phone. My work phone is on contract still but will soon be switching over to something like this, using Google Voice, Net10 and a few others. Thanks for the info!

    Posted on June 29th, 2010 at 5:49 am
  5. CandyS Says

    Nice Tips! I do use NET10 already and like the service a lot, I’ll definitely stick with them. Great to know about the others, though. For reliability I’ve found NET10 to be the best option, their network coverage really put the other prepaids to shame.

    Posted on July 18th, 2010 at 7:00 am

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