Posts Tagged ‘tracfone’

  1. Low cost cell phone option

    May 21, 2013 by Karl

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    If you just want basic cell phone service without the bells and whistles, then this article is for you. Page Plus wireless is one of the cheapest services out there.

    I use my cell phone as a cell phone only. I don’t text, and I rarely use it for internet (only when connected to WiFi). For years I had a flip phone that I used with a Tracfone prepay one year card, It cost me $99 per year for 800 or so minutes. I only used about 500 minutes a year, and I never texted.

    When my cell phone died, it was time to check out other options.  I discovered that flip phones are almost more expensive than the smart phones now, but I refused to pay $50 or more a month for a cell phone service that I knew I wouldn’t use.  I found Page Plus to be my best option (purchased through Kitty Wireless).

    I should tell you in advance that using Kitty Wireless is not for the faint at heart. If you no longer have a fixed land-line for them to verify your contact information, Kitty Wireless won’t work with you. They simply will not open an account for you. I don’t have a “land-line” (I use VOIP for my home and business lines), but I was able to get a referral from an existing customer of theirs (my nephew), who has been using them for over three years. It was a hassle, but they finally set up an account for me. Also, before you set up an account with them, you need to buy a phone. Here you have the option of buying one of their phones, or buying from someone else (only the select models that they have approved). I wasn’t too picky here, so I ordered one from Amazon.com and set it up with their service once I received it.

    Kitty Wireless has several service plans, but I only wanted the basic yearly service, which cost me $80.00 for the year and includes 2000 minutes.  This is a much cheaper service than Tracfone, and with Kitty, they will automatically refill my phone for me when the year is up (one of their options).  I have been using the service for about six months now and haven’t had a single problem.

    You can buy service directly from Page Plus, but you can only get the $80/year plan through Kitty Wireless.

    Please check out their coverage map before making a decision.

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  2. Send text message through email for free!

    January 16, 2012 by Karl

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    It is now possible to send your friends and family a text message through email instead of through your phone.  If you are an old school email hugger like myself, this is welcome news. I am now using it to automatically send a text to my cell phone (tracfone) when someone leaves a voicemail message on my business phone (separate from my cell service).

    My wife and I have been refusing to pay the monthly fees for smart phones, and texting through the standard keypad is not my cup of tea.  There is another way!  If you know the carrier of the cell phone you want to text your message to, it’s just a matter of putting the phone number in front of the “back door” or gateway email to text address of the carrier.  The receiver can even respond by text and you will receive it as an email. Please keep in mind that SMS text messages are only 160 characters in length. Each cell phone carrier will respond in different ways if the message is longer. Mine creates multiple text messages.

    This all came about because I was searching for a way to be alerted on my cellphone when I received a new voicemail message through my business line (which I now have with voip.ms).  Voip.ms allows you to set up your voicemail account to send an email with the voicemail message attached.   This was a welcome improvement to the old answering machine sitting on the desk in the office, but how do I alert myself to a new message when I am on the road?  Well, email to text messaging was the answer.  I set up my Thunderbird email application on my business computer to filter incoming emails.  The filter option I selected looked at the subject line of the incoming email.  If it included “voicemail” in the subject line, it would forward the email to my cellphone email to text address.  I needed to shorten the header file that is sent with attachments (view: headers/normal) in order to shorten the size of the email.  It works like a charm!  Someone calls my business line and leaves a message.  A minute or two later I receive a text message on my phone with the name and phone number of the person who left the voicemail message.  I can choose to call my voicemail service to listen to the message, or I can just call the person back.  Back at the office, My email in Thunderbird will have the actual voicemail message attached, which I can listen to through my computer.

    Here is how you send an email to text message (carrier dependent).  Find out who the carrier is of the cell phone you want to send the text to.  Look it up in the list below.  Copy the email address for that carrier and change the part in square brackets to the 10 digit number of the phone you wish to text.  Example for Alltell is 1234567890@message.alltel.com (where 1234567890 is the number of the person you are trying to text).  If the carrier has more than one, you will need to try them all until you find one that works.  For Tracfone scroll down for more instructions. :

    Alltel
    [10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com

    AT&T (formerly Cingular)
    [10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
    [10-digit phone number]@mms.att.net (MMS)
    [10-digit phone number]@cingularme.com

    Boost
    [10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com

    Nextel (now Sprint Nextel)
    [10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com

    Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel)
    [10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
    [10-digit phone number]@pm.sprint.com (MMS)

    T-Mobile
    [10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net

    US Cellular
    [10-digit phone number]email.uscc.net (SMS)
    [10-digit phone number]@mms.uscc.net (MMS)

    Verizon
    [10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
    [10-digit phone number]@vzwpix.com (MMS)

    Virgin Mobile USA
    [10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com

    Tracfone
    If you have a tracfone like I do, you need to email to each of the following in order to figure out which one tracfone is using for your phone service. Tracfone uses multiple carriers throughout the country depending on where you are living:


    [10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
    [10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
    [10-digit phone number]@mmode.com
    [10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
    [10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com
    [10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
    [10-digit phone number]@messaging.nextel.com
    [10-digit phone number]@mymetropcs.com
    [10-digit phone number]@cingularme.com
    [10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com
    [10-digit phone number]@questmp.com



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