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Old 06-16-07, 12:25 PM   #1
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Should I Have a Virgin?

Ha! It's not what you think! I'm looking in to changing to a pre-paid cell phone plan, as I really don't use mine all that often. I can see a lot of minutes going unused at the end of the month. Even with a roll-over plan, they'd probably accumulate as I only use my phone a couple of minutes a week. So for me it makes more sense to pay as I go rather than locking in to a minimum amount each month.

Any way, I have pretty much narrowed it down to Virgin Mobile or AT&T / Cingular. Virgin offers a basic phone (the Marbl) for only $19.99 Has anyone had experiences with that phone, either good or bad? Any thoughts on Virgin vs. AT&T / Cingular? Thanks for your feedback.
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Old 06-16-07, 12:30 PM   #2
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Been a Virgin Mobile customer for three years. Been happy with them. The only drawback I've had is they have about 3 square miles of coverage on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Other than that, they use Sprint's towers.
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I used Verizon's prepay thing once, but not for long, as I found it to be a bit of a ripoff and a pain in the ass. Minutes would expire unless you bought a new refill card every month (I think if you bought some massive, super-expensive card, they'd last three or six months, but that would have defeated the purpose). If your minutes expired or you ran out, you lost your phone number. Meh. I gave up on it, and never bothered to look at the other prepay services at the time (this was about three or four years ago now), instead opting to just go without a cell phone until two or three months ago.

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I'm guessing this is a Motorola phone, in the tradition of the "Razr" (Razzer?), "Slvr" (Silver? Sliver?), and "Pebl" (Peeble?). Their naming scheme makes me want to track down Motorola of America's marketing director, and ask him/her one very simple question...



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I've used Virgin for four years and I like them just fine. I have the Oystr and Mike_Like_Bike has the Marbl. The only problem I've ever had with mine was that time I forgot to take it out of my jersey pocket before I tossed it into the washing machine. Yeah. Bad idea. But for $20, you really can't go wrong.
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I used Verizon's prepay thing once, but not for long, as I found it to be a bit of a ripoff and a pain in the ass. Minutes would expire unless you bought a new refill card every month (I think if you bought some massive, super-expensive card, they'd last three or six months, but that would have defeated the purpose). If your minutes expired or you ran out, you lost your phone number. Meh. I gave up on it, and never bothered to look at the other prepay services at the time (this was about three or four years ago now), instead opting to just go without a cell phone until two or three months ago.

I'm guessing this is a Motorola phone, in the tradition of the "Razr" (Razzer?), "Slvr" (Silver? Sliver?), and "Pebl" (Peeble?). Their naming scheme makes me want to track down Motorola of America's marketing director, and ask him/her one very simple question...



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Thanks for the feedback. I considered the expiration date for the cards as well. However, I figure that one advantage of the longer time period is that at some time in there, I'm probably going to have a longer call, so that it might be worth it.
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Been a Virgin Mobile customer for three years. Been happy with them. The only drawback I've had is they have about 3 square miles of coverage on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Other than that, they use Sprint's towers.
At&T / Cingular does seem to have a much better coverage area for the eastern US, compared to Virgin / Sprint. Some of the places I ride in central PA (out near State College) are pretty rural. If one of my primary motives for having the phone is in case of an emergency, it might be worth paying a little extra for the better coverage. It's good to know that you like Virgin Mobile though.
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Thanks for the feedback. I considered the expiration date for the cards as well. However, I figure that one advantage of the longer time period is that at some time in there, I'm probably going to have a longer call, so that it might be worth it.
Now that I think about it, I seem to recall one of the prepay vendors now having a $100 card that doesn't expire for a full year. I'm thinking it's Cingular, but I'm not sure. Might be something to look into.
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I've used Virgin for four years and I like them just fine. I have the Oystr and Mike_Like_Bike has the Marbl. The only problem I've ever had with mine was that time I forgot to take it out of my jersey pocket before I tossed it into the washing machine. Yeah. Bad idea. But for $20, you really can't go wrong.

Thanks for the feedback. Generally I'm kind of wary of very entry-level price point items, so it's good to know that they work well - washing machines excepted. On the other hand, I don't need a lot of bells and whistles (literally), and I would quickly reach the point of diminishing returns on more expensive phones. As long as the quality is there, that's all I need.
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Now that I think about it, I seem to recall one of the prepay vendors now having a $100 card that doesn't expire for a full year. I'm thinking it's Cingular, but I'm not sure. Might be something to look into.
You're correct. Since their 3 month card costs $25, you don't save any money, but you get a much longer time before the minutes expire.
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I do tracfone, which is normally pretty good for low volume calling. I've had the same phone for nearly two years now, with ~1000 total minutes (~500 used), and free incoming text messages. All for ~$90 shipped, or $4.50/month, which is hard to beat imle.
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i have virgin, been using it for almost a year in several different parts of the country, it is sorta like any other cell service, i use the 300 anytime plus 1000 nights and weekends

the service has worked pretty well, i had a marbl and it sucked for me, i think i just had a faulty one, the speaker didnt work and it wouldnt hold a charge. the oyster worked great till high tide got it.
i have a slice right now I like it alot.
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I used virgin mobile for a year or two. My only complaint was my kyocera phone which was the worst phone ever. Other than that, it was great.

I eventually decided to go wiht a full blown plan, so I smashed the old phone with a hammer and just moved on. No cancellation or anything. Prepaid is cool.
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I have one of their oldest phones the Vox 8610. Still works good, and I like Virgin since I don't use it much.
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i worked for both..cingular is better.
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