We have been using the Net10 Wireless Service(pay as you go) and a great Net10 Android LG Optimus Net with One Month Unlimited Text/Talk/Web. My son has had a great time trying it out and we have been anxious to see how a 12 year old can budget himself or if he can properly use a cell(hmmm, what kid gets a phone and can budget, and not over text? )
The service has helped us out a lot. I did not believe he needed a phone. The last month has changed my mind. Their school bus broke down twice, a little odd, but it did and he was able to tell me why he was late and beyond normal drop off time without me calling busing, calling the school, I had all the answers first hand. Additionally, as I have 2 other children, I often drop off and pick up everyone at the same time for sports because it all seems to happen at the same time for each kid. I dropped him off to a hockey game, drove off to drop the other child to his activity and got a call while I was 2 miles down the road that, “mom, the game is cancelled, can you come back?” I was more than happy to turn around and pick him up and again, his phone made the difference.
The touch screen is really easy to use and navigate. The service was dependable and believe me we drive everywhere. As with anyone phone there were some ‘garbly’ moments, but I could hear him and he could hear me. We could communicate and he could text if all else failed!
I am an advocate of this particular type of phone service due to the fact that it is something you can budget, either money wise or usage wise. As a consumer we pay WAYYYYY to much for cellular coverage. The NET10 Plan allows you to pick how you will spend your money or your minutes.
We had choices:
There was unlimited use of data/texting/calls for as little as $50 a month, that was EVERYTHING, I pay way more than that for my cell service! My son loved it, he used the phone as he needed and NEVER had to worry about running out of minutes. In order to teach budgeting, we have not begun the other extreme, which has ROLLOVER minutes but has only 200 minutes. Once they are used they are gone but it was only $20. These minutes are with him all the time. The one drawback here is if he begins to use the phone and runs out of minutes without realizing it, he could be left without phone service in time of need. There are other choices that allow you to purchase monthly minutes but the minutes do not roll over, it is monthly, period. You really have to know what you want. Then again, you could just try each different one and see what works, because the cost on ANY Of these plans is so FAR less than any cellular plan, it is almost nuts to not try it out.
This service is great for a people that may fall into any of these situations:
-phones in emergency times only
-children who are just needing a phone for minimal usage to contact parents
-those that want phone service with great flexibility and low cost
-those that want great phones with great service.
This service is an excellent way to have coverage, have a cell phone and not break the bank!
How is this great if you live by an Giant Eagle/Market District?
Now, I have to mention this: Why in the world I would purchase a phone from Giant Eagle instead of any other wireless pay- as -you- go carrier? Perhaps because of an item known as the Advantage Card… Fuel Perks come to mind for every $50 you spend you get .10 off gas? “ Do I earn fuelperks! for both the purchase of my no-contract phone and prepaid wireless cards?“ Yes, your purchase of a no-contract phone and prepaid wireless cards counts toward your regular fuelperks! earnings. Earn 10¢ off per gallon of fuel for every $50 you spend! (Directly from here)
My next release of … I am giving you the chance to win Net10 Wireless service as well as a phone! Good luck and happy holidays.
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