questionswhere can i get a cheap pre-paid (android) cell…

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Also, it doesn't have to be Android, just preferred...I've never actually used A Windows mobile OS, but I've heard some decent things.

This is, of course, assuming I get a reply at all :D

If I do...thanks :)

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I am a virgin mobile customer and very happy with the service. I got the motorola triumph, which I think if you look around you can get for around 260, but they have cheaper android phones as well going down to around 100-120. I pay 45 bucks a month for the service, but they have a 35 dollar plan as well.

They actually have the intercept for 99 bucks as well, but I don't recommend it. The intercept gets tons of bad reviews. Honestly better off with an optimus.

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I saw http://www.straighttalk.com has android now. It if $45 per month unlimited text and minutes the coverage map is bad. http://www.straighttalk.com/Coverage

@drchops Great question! I hope for more replies.

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@drchops Whereabouts do you live? Some of the regional carriers may have better deals than a StraightTalk or Virgin account.

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@rubberduckythug: NW United States (Portland, OR area)

@caffeine_dude: Yeah me too...I'm actually just happy that it got a few responses...I was surprised I couldn't find any question similar to this one either.

But hopefully some PP cellphone expert rolls through heh

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@drchops: You said, ".I've never actually used A Windows mobile OS, but I've heard some decent things."

My answer is don't. I've had a couple Windows Mobile phones, the last was version 6.1. That cured me. I have had 3 phones with Mobile Win 3 thru 6 and they all had glitches. My last phone a T-mobile Shadow, which we replaced twice trying to cure issues with WiFi/UMA transfers and the daily reboot to prevent freezes.

I am sold on Android as a platform, but also think Blackberry still has a place in the phone market.

Check out NewEgg's phone section.

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@tpscan: I think that's probably the way to go: find a 3rd party retailer to buy the phone from, as opposed to buying the phone from the provider.

I think Platinumtel is who I'm going with though, and I haven't come across really any retailers that carry their phones..

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@tpscan: I think that's probably the way to go: find a 3rd party retailer to buy the phone from, as opposed to buying the phone from the provider.

I think Platinumtel is who I'm going with though, and I haven't come across really any retailers that carry their phones..

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@tpscan: Dunno how deep your cell phone knowledge runs but...

Know anybody that's ever had this phone?

https://www.platinumtel.com/phones/#phone_2842

My only concern is that it's gonna be dated feeling.. [ed] after just reading the stats though, it looks decent.

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@drchops: I don't know anything about platinumtel, but a quick look at their site confirms they use CDMA. In that case, any CDMA phone can be activated on their service, assuming you have an account, are in a service area and they don't restrict services to just their phones. Most providers don't care where the phone came from.

The phone you pointed to is currently using Android 2.1. It was released in Jun/2010. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_M910_Intercept. Samsung has released an Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS software update.

Try it with 2.1, if you feel frisky, do the upgrade through the Samsung website (or Platinumtel).

I will tell you I have shopped eBay and Amazon once you know what models you like.

BTW -- I am a GSM user.

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For anyone who's interested, the best deal I found was actually pretty damn awesome.

ANDROID smartphone WITH 200 minutes - $69 :)
http://ptel.ws

The one caveat, it's "pre-owned." Which I could give two shoots about (self-censoring, ha)

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If they have cool phones, I'm gonna have to check the return policy out at ptel :D

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@drchops: Thanks! I am looking for a new provider.
I no longer recommend StraightTalk. See here http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/68ddbb8c-9b13-4479-a45e-20358133079d/have-you-ever-had-an-auto-payment-increase-without-your-permission#4

My brother left StraightTalk because they canceled his account and lost his phone number (I secretly wondered if he did not pay them on time, but no longer, I believe his he did now.)
Support is terrible. It is from India. The support call took 1 hour and 25 minutes, our phones have timers.

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If you can get your hands on an out of contract Verizon Android phone (if you don't have one check on Craigslist). I would recommend Page Plus Cellular. They allow you to activate an Android phone without a data plan.

You can get their unlimited talk n text for $40 per month or their $55 dollar plan which adds 1Gb of data. There is also a 2000 minute prepaid plan for $80. The minutes last a full year and you can add unlimited text for $20 per month. If you can limit your data usage to WiFi only this is definitely the way to go.

Visit my website http://www.yoozdwireless.com for more information.