dealspalm pixi & $20 airtime (50% off) for $39.99…

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I have a Palm Pixi (no Plus) and it's great. WebOS has a huge homebrew selection of tweaks that make the phone work just how you want. The UI is wonderful, and its only drawback is the poor battery life (i need two batteries to get through the day).

But the accessories are dirt cheap (touchstone charger, anyone?), and a smartphone for $40 is a great deal any way you cut it.

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Absolute huge… HUGE, I say!

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Don't hate me, but if you're going to be spending $20-30 a month on a data plan, buy a decent, modern phone running a decent, supported OS (that means iOS or Android)

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I had a Palm Treo and returned it 'cause the keys were too small to be used accurately at any kind of speed. This is pretty much the same dimensions so if you have normal-sized hands beware.

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Man the rates on that plan are terrible too! We get better rates on our contract plans...

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I'm not quite understanding the rate plan. So you pay $20 for 90 service days and on top of that pay per SMS, per minute and per MB? That seems it would add up to a lot. Must do some math.

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The rates are very clear. They are posted here:

https://www.platinumtel.com/plans/realpaygo

This is WAY less expensive than my current pay-as-you-go plan. They have an interactive display here: https://www.platinumtel.com/plans/compare

I'm in for one. This WebOS thing is going to be HUGE! :)

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The rates are not at all clear to me. It appears that $11.50 paid every 90 days will allow me to talk 200 minutes (in 90 days) and any minutes I don't use are good for a year (assuming I continue to pay $11.50 every 90 days). But I don't have much confidence in my understanding.

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@aojle: You're not paying for minutes ahead of time. You have to put a certain amount into your bank of money to keep the account active. The lowest amount needed is $10 every 90 days. The minutes you use are then taken out of the $10.

The phone comes with a $20 card to get you started so if all you do is talk and no text or web, that is worth 400 minutes of talk time before you have to spend anything else. 90 days after you activate, if you want to keep the account active you have to add at least $10 whether you have money left over or not but you still get to keep the money that was in the account for a year. Most prepaid plans work similarly, but some grab any overage of money right away.

I'm not a big talker on the cell phone so the "RealPaygo" plan is less expensive than my current 10 cent a minute plan. For big talkers and heavy web users, a contract phone might work out better, but I think for light users, this plan is superior.

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@therealjrn: I clicked the link for the comparison, but the slider for data only goes up to 100 megs. Sorry I use way more data than that! So the result of it being $10 less than my current plan is bogus.

http://instoresnow.walmart.com/tmobile.aspx?povid=cat542371-env203289-module445857-lLink1

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@ciabelle: I don't know about being "bogus" because you linked to a T-Mobile ad on Walmart and when I look at the slider comparison page, it only shows 4 carriers: PlatinumTel, AT&T, Net10 and Tracphone for me.

Perhaps I'm missing it but the cheapest T-Mobile plan I see offering web starts out at $30 a month and it only offers 30MB. Maybe your web usage makes it worth that to you? I'm not using the web on my current plain-Jane phone but I might with the Pixi. I think if I used the web much on a phone I'd rather have something more modern, as pointed out in the "don't hate me" post above.

I currently have Boost mobile 10 cent a minute plan, this one is cheaper for me but as I've mentioned, I'm a light user.

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@aojle: I am reading the Paygo rates like this:

Service days: Days you actually use the phone, not actual days elapsed since you purchased airtime.

The reason I say this is the blurb on their paygo page which states:

"Airtime Expiration: For the $10, $20, $30, and $50 plans, airtime carries over for a full year from the date it is loaded onto the account. For the $100 plan, airtime does not expire and carries over until depleted. To use unexpired airtime, you must have service days as well."

For example, the $10 prepaid plan has 90 service days, but according to the above statement, the airtime carries over for a full year.

I read this to mean you have $10 worth of credit which is good for one year, and you can use the $10 for any 90 days (actual billable usage) within that year... meaning if you get a text message one day, that would count as a "service day". No use for a day = no service day used.

Would be helpful if a company rep could clear this up, but that's how I read it.

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@mechanicsc: I like the way you read. I hope you are right, because that makes it even a better deal than what I have currently. Maybe we can summon @thefenst or @prettywootprincess or my favoritest Mod, @ThunderThighs for clarification please?

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I've been doing the Palm Centro thing for about 4 or 5 years now and cannot understand how any phone could be a better option. Palm oS is the absolute bomb!! Sprint has offered to "upgrade" me several times...uh, NO! This deal might do the trick, though. Lemme think a tad on it.

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Three things about this deal:
1. The phone is an OEM refurbished unit, not new.
2. Reviews for PlatinumTel coverage and customer service are, shall we say, less than stellar. (http://www.prepaidreviews.com/platinumtel.html)
3. Their terms of service permit them to drop you for pretty much any reason whatsoever. (https://www.platinumtel.com/plans/terms) Based on reviews and forum postings, this seems to be particularly targeted at their unlimited plan users.

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I have a pixi plus and I think it's a piece of crap. webOS is practically unsupported, has very few apps, most apps are incompatible with this phone, and overall I would barely qualify it as a smartphone. If you can get away with it not having a data plan, or having a very cheap one, it's not a bad basic phone, calls are very clear, texting is great, and it's small and durable.

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I have been a subscriber with platinumtel for a couple of years. The deal is simple 5c a minute to talk, 2c per text, and 10c per meg for data. If you are a big data user, they have other plans. For basic phone use they are great. It uses the sprint network. You buy the phone outright. My phone bill is about a third of what Verizon was costing me, and customer service is great (and based in the U.S.). Been very happy with them. Have 4 phones.

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I have PlatinumTel and it's been great. It's the cheapest phone provider for me because I am a very light user. I only have to spend a total of $40 a year with Real Paygo by buying a $10 card every 3 months. I don't make that many calls and am around WIFI most of the time, so I use the PlatinumTel 3G only occasionally. The customer service is very good - the one time I called them, my call was answered very promptly by a pleasant and knowledgeable young man. PlatinumTel uses the Sprint network, so where I live (in Gainesville, FL), I'm getting a better signal than I was getting with T-mobile. Best of all, I am able to use an Android phone without having to pay any extra at all.

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@bowlingb: You're 100% right on the coverage. They are a wholesaler on the Sprint network which means you don't all the same roaming options as a contract customer. It's still decent coverage for most of the country, better than Cricket or MetroPCS, for example.

I know someone who bought the pixi from platinum tel (they're gonna be pissed about this deal), and they said the phone is new, it even came in the original palm box. It'd be interesting to see what the real condition of the phone is.

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@bowlingb: "Three things about this deal:
1. The phone is an OEM refurbished unit, not new. "

From their website: "Handset is New. New, as in its not used, not refurbished, not old...."

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Ok I bought a platinumtel phone for my mother a month ago so let me clear things up.

You buy a card (lets say $20), this gives you service for 90 days, within those 90 days you can use that $20 for minutes (5 cent per minute) or texts (2 cents) or web (10cent per mb). If you do not use up all of the $20 before the end of the 90 days they will roll over IF you purchase another card. Purchasing another card (again lets say $20) keeps your account active for an additional 90 days and allows you to use your unused balance from the previous 90 days (as well as the newly acquired $20).

Also, service days start immediately once you activate the card. You do not need to use any of the balance for the service days to begin.

This is basically how every prepaid phone carrier works (net 10, tracphone etc)

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this seems like a better deal than my Verizon pre paid, which I have to put a minimum of $15 on it, and the money only rolls over up to two months. If I have a balance after that, it eats it..which I hate.. I don't use my phone hardly at all.. Hmmmmmm.... ponder

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Linked deal page says NEW but the cart says 'OEM REFURB'. Hmmm..

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@mortar235: The 90 days is only after activation, correct? Meaning I can buy this now for someone who I know is visiting my part of the world only 2 months from now - and the 90 days can start at that time?

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@ramkum: in looking at their website, it sounds like the time doesn't start until you activate the phone....

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Yeah the 90 days starts after activation.

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@tatterbits: if you load $100 dollars at a time on your verizon prepaid, it will stay good for a full year, or whenever your money is used up (per your chosen plan), whichever comes first. And if you have leftover when your year is getting close, it will roll over as long as you make a payment of any size before the last day of your year. That's what i do on my personal phone (i'm lucky and have a company phone with all the bells and whistles for data and stuff like that, and they don't care if i use it for personal use as well. i just keep the personal phone so my family can contact me when i decide to shut my work phone off on the weekends.)

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Main page says that the phone is "brand new not refurb" but the order page says "PALM PIXI CDMA OEM_Refurb"

...Which in reality is a big whoop. You're effectively getting a $20 phone because of the cost savings and $20 credit provided. If you've shopped on woot before, you've more than likely spent $20 on a lot worse; probably a few refubs here and there too. Can't say much for the company because I've never heard of them, but this refurb thing is a non-issue, frankly.

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Ordered! I'd been looking for a ridiculously cheap deal, and this fit the bill. Now I can have that torrid affair with WebOS I've always dreamed of.

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Wondering if I can keep my old phone number....if not, my "usage" would decline even further making this the best WOOT ever for me!!!!!!!!!!!

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Not available in my area. Forget you, wholesaler purchases of AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile minutes.