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It's difficult to fight the greed of telecom industry in the USA ;-).  You only option is to switch to "pay as you go" plans. Please note that one hour of regular internet usage (e-mail, web) means data transfer about 20 megabytes.  For example in Ukraine one day unlimited 2G internet is $0.20 (ten times less the T-mobile charges), 3G around $1 for 100MB.

This "true-pay-as-you-go" services are rare in the USA as the US industry tries to cultivate phone addicts with their 2 year plans ;-). But they do exists.

Here are some options for moderate and low volume users in the USA.

You also need to understand that data and voice are interchangeable thanks to VOIP. That does not bring you considerable savings. For example you can install Skype on AT&T Gophone and use $5 per month unlimited calling paying only for the data, skype cost would be $60 a year not much cheater then Tracfone annual plat at $100.  If you use less than 80M of data a month, then at 5c per megabyte that's just $4. Assuming VOIP consumes around 20 Kbps that's 4000 seconds or around one hour.  At 10c per minute you would pay $6 instead with much less troubles. So here using Skype you would lose $3 ($5+$4-$6) a month.  But if you can use at least half of those minutes via WI-FI or need to call a single foreign country you can come as a winner.


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[Nov 03, 2013] Fed Up With Skype Here Are 6 Of The Best Free Alternatives

VoxOx

With VoxOx, you can easily make audio or video calls to your friends. VoxOx-to-VoxOx calls are entirely free, so if your friends all use VoxOx, then you’ll all benefit. However, VoxOx can still be used to call real telephone numbers and send text messages at cheap rates.

On their overview page, it’s immediately apparent that VoxOx really likes their free features. Here’s what you get for free: personal phone number, voicemail, inbound calls/texts/faxes, conference calls, chat and social features, file sharing, and more. VoxOx is available on Windows and Mac.

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How did you miss Tango and Talkatone?

[Nov 01, 2013]  Scratch Wireless offers 'free' mobile service that uses WiFi for calls and text

Nokia 520 provides this functionality out of the box. Also compare with Skype $5 per month plan (only voice, no SMS).

If you've ever struggled with a monthly cell phone bill, you've probably looked for cheaper alternatives like prepaid plans from big box stores or startup carriers like Zact and Ting.

Well, what's cheaper than free? That's exactly what Scratch Wireless aims to offer with what it claims is the world's first free mobile service, which launches today. It manages to do so with a modified Android OS that pushes the phone to connect to WiFi for pretty much everything -- calls, text and data. However, if you do want to use your phone outside of a WiFi area, that's when the charges come in. Scratch Wireless has a partnership with Sprint to offer $1.99 per day for up to 30 minutes of cell calls and another $1.99 per day for up to 25MB of data. There's also a monthly $14.99 pass for either 250 minutes of voice calls or 200MBs of data.

Both daily and monthly passes are entirely optional, and it's up to the consumer to add those services. Payment is not recurring, and there's never a contract. Regardless of which you choose, Scratch promises us that text messaging is always on and free. CEO Alan Berrey tells us that Scratch Wireless wanted to take a different tact from traditional cell phone service. "There's no unnecessary cost with us," he says. "We have no towers, no FCC, no leasing locations to deal with." Because of this so-called "WiFi First" strategy, the phones will work internationally as well, as long as you have access to a WiFi network of course.

Right now Scratch only offers one phone with the specially modified OS, and that's the Motorola Photon Q for $269. Berrey did promise us that a long list of Sprint-compatible devices is in the pipeline, but we should note that this modification is unique to Android, so we wouldn't expect anything with iOS or Windows Phone to be in Scratch's portfolio.

While the non-WiFi daily and monthly data allotments seem mighty skimpy to us, Scratch is clearly aiming its service primarily for those who are constantly in range of a WiFi network. "We believe consumers ought to be able to buy a compelling Android device and not pay for a plan when they already have a wireless network in their home or office," said Berrey. If that sounds intriguing to you, hit the source for more info or head past the break for the promo video.
 

[Nov 01, 2013]  Online personal number, online business number with voicemail - Skype

It allows you to exist on pure WI-FI

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[Oct 11, 2013]  Amazon.com Simple Mobile Activation Kit including Sim Card Cell Phones & Accessories

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I signed up for Simple Mobile because they advertise a $40 unlimited talk, text, and "up to 3G" web plan. After I signed up and paid for one month, I learned that they throttle their data on that plan to 119 kbs. 3G data typically runs between 500 kb/s and 3 gb/s. 2G data, on the other hand, can go up to 150 kb/s. So, their "up to 3G data" is actually a 2G data plan!

When I called their corporate HQ, they admitted that they throttle data, but claimed that 119 kb/s is at the "low end of 3G." When I asked for a refund, they refused. I ultimately disputed the charges on my credit card and received a full refund.

My advice: Don't trust Simple Mobile.

Update: Since this review was first published, Simple Mobile was acquired by American Movil, which also operates Tracfone Wireless, Net10, and Straight Talk Wireless. They've since changed their policies very slightly. The $40 plan is now throttled to 230 kb/s.

4.4 Cent Tracfone Minutes - Tracfone Tips

Tracfone Triple Minute for Life (TMFL) has clearly turned up the heat on the other prepaid phone companies. Tracfone's brand-new Triple minute mobile phones offer prepaid phone with rates that are finally competitive with contract phone accounts. Take a look at TracFone.com to see the recently released Triple Minute for Life phones. Traditionally Prepay mobiles were considerably more costly to utilize per minute compared to contract cellular phones.

Triple Minute phones from Tracfone can get you minutes for as low as 4.4 cents each.

Tracfone vs T-Mobile Prepaid - Tracfone Tips

T-Mobile like Tracfone has a simple Prepaid Cell phone plan. They have a graduated rate depending on how much you spend. Tmobile also has a 15% bonus (Gold Level) after you have spent $100 on minutes. You get instant Gold level Status as soon as you add a $100 refill.

T-Mobile Rates

$10 for 30 minutes (33 each) or 35 minutes (28.5 each) after Gold Level has been reached.

$25 for 130 minutes (19.2 each) or 150 minutes (16.66 each) after Gold Level.

$50 for 400 minutes (12.5 each) or 460 minutes (10.7 each) after Gold Level.

$100 for 1000 minutes (10 cents each) and you are at Gold Level for this phone.

Once you reach T-Mobile Gold Level for a phone your minutes will not expire for a year. Before you reach Gold level your minutes will expire in 90 days. As long as you keep your phone active your minutes will roll over.

 

[Oct 11, 2013] H20 wireless.

H2O Wireless (formerly O2 Wireless, not to be confused with O2 of Europe) is a United States-based prepaid GSM phone and Internet service. It is the brand of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Locus Telecommunications via AT&T's network.

Basically, it's a nickel for text and phone calls. Pay $10, get 200 minutes. Pay $20, get 400 minutes. Or simply pay $100 and get 2000 minutes to use in 12 months (about $8.33 a month). I had to pay $9.99 for the SIM. Bought it at the BestBuy store rather than waiting for it to be shipped. 

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