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October 5th, 2013 at 11:58 am

I'm so annoyed - I recently started getting these random text messages about movies on my average intelligence phone that I rarely use. Each incoming text costs me 15 cents. I googled the strange five-digit number and discovered that it was some sort of scam that not only sends texts, but charges your phone account $3.99 for the "service". WTF? So, I looked at my on-line prepaid phone account and noticed that I did indeed have $3.99 deducted from my balance. So, I called and talked my provider into refunding the $3.99 and blocking the number (I can't block from my phone). I hope it works. I'm so annoyed because, of course, I did not sign up for this service. Why would I want to receive random texts about movies? The fact that some people will concoct illegal schemes to earn money is remarkable to me.

While I'm on the subject of cellphones, I'm considering upgrading my phone. I currently have a very prepaid basic phone that I use for infrequent calls and texts, mostly when I'm meeting someone or traveling. I'd like to get a basic smartphone so that I'd have more options to use, like GPS, and be able to text more easily, since many people seem to like to communicate via texting these days. I've been researching airvoice, ting and republic. I am most interested in republic because of their mission to use more available wireless in their cell service, but the reviews are very mixed. Some people have had minimal problems with the service and are happy and others have a zillion complaints. The original phone they offer has now been reduced to $99 and a $19/month unlimited voice/text/data no contract plan. They are releasing a new phone in November which will cost $299 and have a variety of plans available. I love the cheap phone price, but will the technology be annoyingly outdated? Or will anything be better than what I currently have? Smile

Has anyone bought a used unlocked iPhone or other smartphone on-line? The other option is to find a used phone and sign up for ting or airvoice. My brother had an old iPhone 3 that he was going to give me, but it didn't seem to be working when he finally located it in his house and checked it out. Bummer.

I've been reading cheap cellphone threads on MMMustache and other forums, but haven't yet reached a conclusion. If anyone has any suggestions/advice/thoughts, feel free to comment!

2 Responses to “phoney baloney”

  1. scfr Says:

    Couldn't agree with you more - People who are smart enough to come up with these illegal schemes are certainly smart enough to come up with a legal & legitimate way to make money. I hope you made the $3.99 monthly charges go away forever. DH had a problem awhile back where a strange bill showed up on his cc; after investigating, my conclusion was that the "gotcha" was payment he made for an eBay purchase without reading all of the fine print. We got it taken care of, but it was annoying, and I asked him to please not pay for anything on eBay except by Paypal.

    Regarding smart phones, I want to upgrade mine too but I'm going to hold out a bit longer. After years of sky-high prices, they seem to be introducing some real deals lately and I think it's only going to get better.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I read somewhere that Best Buy is offering the iPhone 5CS for $49. I'm not sure if that is with a contract or not (probably is.)

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