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Earth Tones Prepaid Cell Phones
OverviewEarth Tones is an MVNO of the AT&T network. They offer wireless services, and donate all profits to grassroots environmental organizations.
Pros: The higher commitment plans can get very cheap, with the cheapest being near 7 cents per minute.
Cons: The lower-end rates can be very expensive, and their true pay-as-you-go is one of the highest we've seen at 25 cents per minute plus 10 dollars per month. Rates don't drop to 10 cents per minute until you get to a $35 per month commitment.
Detailed Provider Information
Plans: Earth Tones offers seven monthly calling plans. The first is 10 dollars a month, though it comes with no set minutes. All calls are 25 cents per minute. Their Anywhere plans offer 100, 200, 400, 600, 800, or 1200 minutes per month, for 20, 25, 35, 45, 55, and 85 dollars, respectively. All overages minutes are billed at 25 cents each. Customers can pay 10 dollars per month to add another line to share minutes on Anywhere plans.
Customer Service: Customer service can be reached via a toll-free number between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. They can also be reached by e-mail.
Credit Check: None
Payment Options: Earth Tones only accepts credit card payments at this time.
Text and Picture Messaging: Text messages are 10 cents each for both incoming and outgoing messages.
Data Plans: Data plans are not available at this time.
Downloadables: Earth Tones prepaid does not offer any downloadables at this time.
International Calling: International calling is available for $1.99 per minute plus varying rates to each country. Call customer service for specific rates.
Roaming Charges: Nationwide roaming is included at no additional cost with Earth Tones. Service may not be available in all areas, though.
Calling Features: Caller ID, call waiting, and voicemail are included at no additional charge.
Activation Fee: There is a fee of 40 dollars to activate your Earth Tones account.
Nationwide Long Distance: Nationwide long distance is included at no additional charge.
411 Calls: Directory assistance is available for a fee of $1.99 per call plus airtime.
Earliest Minute Expiration: Minutes for Earth Tones rate plans expire at the end of every billing cycle.
911 Calls: Yes
Phones: Earth Tones only offers four cell phones at this time. However, they are decent models and range from free to only 100 dollars. The 100 dollar one is the RAZR V3, which is the cheapest we've seen this phone with a prepaid plan.
Some Available Cell Models:
Motorola W259 (shown)
Coverage Map: Earth Tones coverage map.
Average rating based on Earth Tones Reviews by users:11
this is the worst service. My phone broke in one month of buying it. The person at best buy told me that " it is the worst phone company out there so you get the worst"
I've had Earth Tones for nearly 2 years. I mainly use the phone to text, and never use up the 100 minutes talk time in my plan.
To those who fit this user profile, I strongly recommend this company, mostly for the superb customer service. Every time I call the customer service, I right away talk to a real person who answers my questions or resolves issues appropriately. This operation is probably managed by a fairly small team, and it's a lot of fun just dealing with a couple of people all the time.
In terms of connectivity: Since this company uses the AT&T network, I assume the connection is as good (or bad) as AT&T comes... assuming the handset is decent.
This is a sleazy company. They will rip you off. They have bad service, are overpriced, poor phone quality. They pretend to be green - they are not. Do not be greenwashed.
I have to give Earth Tones a one-star rating because I only been with them less than a month. I may have to come back to erase that star. It has not been a good month with Earth Tones. Four days ago (Dec. 8, 2011) my service just stopped. I don't know if the trouble is my new phone, or the Earth Tone service. And, it appears I may never find out. Earth Tones has a wall around the company; one cannot reach them. The half-dozen emails I've sent to 'Support" or "info" were returned as undeliverable. All phone calls run into voicemail. A search of the internet for a way to contact them results in a zero. There is no way on God's earth anyone can contact them. Its as though they have gone out of business. Have they gone out of business? Who are these people who who raise the drawbridge over the moat, seal the windows and bar the door? They take our money and then hide behind a wall. What a terrible way to run a business. They're environmentally conscious but forget I'm part of the environment. I am a plant. I have the same makeup as a plant - hydrogen, nitrogen oxygen, and carbon. I just happened to have taken a different evolutionary tact on my way here. Save the trees and screw the customer; is that the business plan? If there is anyone reading this who knows how to contact the exalted ones at Earth Tones, please tell them I'm out here, a paying customer, twisting in the wind.
EarthTones is a horrible company. I had cell service with them and they charged me for hundreds of calls I did not make. I was in a small community in the woods where there was no cell service available and only used my phone on weekends when I went into the city. I pointed this out to them and had a long drawn out email argument with them and one of their customer service people even admitted that they had several customers during that same month with the same problem. But they refused to refund the money.
They are dishonest and use environmentalism as a scam to get airheaded liberals to buy their service.
You are better off buying the cheapest phone plan out there and donating to environmental causes separately.
I just needed a phone for the rare calls I might need to make as I travel across the remote West by truck and motorbike. So far, the service has been great, only not getting service where no other cell phones would work anyway. I've gotten great service in the middle of nowhere too. I definitely recommend it!
Switched to Earth Tones from Working Assets/Credo and I couldn't be happier. More of my money goes to environmental causes with earth tones & their customer service is great!
All around goodness. Phone worked fine in notoriously no-reception areas, when you call Customer service, you get to talk to a real person, not the cheapest, and it would be nice to have a free minutes and weekends deal, but definitely a good value, even without taking into account the 100% of profits being donated to environmental causes.
I was skeptical at first, but Earth Tones service is great! often better than my friends with verizon or at&t. And what's better than giving your phone bill to environmental causes?
Earth Tones are environmentally friendly and thats one thing that I love and its also non profit. but the reason I gave it for and not five is because they are a bit more pricier compared to the other guys
Since Earthtones is a non-profit organization, you'll know that your hard earned money isn't lining the pockets of an evil, giant media conglomerate. That'll make you feel pretty good, and knowing that Earthtones profits go to environmental causes will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
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