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Quest for a cheap cell phone. Tracphone?

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    Windows 8.1

    Quest for a cheap cell phone. Tracphone?

    Thought this would be a good forum to ask this question. I am... older. I'm not a big cell phone user, no use for texting, games, etc. I like to have one for emergencies and that's it. I had a dirt cheap Verizon plan, was paying $24 a month, 50 minutes, which was perfect. Then I got lured into getting an iPhone. I went from $24 to $90 a month and was barely using it. Then I downgraded to a cheap flip phone thinking I'd save money. I thought it was free but realized I'm paying a monthly installment for it. I'm now paying $66 a month after activation fee, so I didn't really save that much. And it's a terrible phone.

    So, is a Tracphone the best alternative? How do they work? Do you simply purchase the phone and the minutes and start using it? Do you pay a carrier as well? I'm tempted to get one but want to make sure I'm not making another uninformed decision. Any suggestions appreciated. I would probably lose my current number but that's okay.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    If you qualify, you get a free phone & minutes from Assurance Wireless through a government program.

    I got one.
    I'm disabled & get SNAP & medicaid.

    go here & see if you can get one---

    Lifeline Cell Phone Service Provider | Assurance Wireless
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