Your Questions About Cell Phone Service Free Activation

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Sandra asks…

is it cheaper to have local and long distance from same carrier?

I have Verizon for local and AT&T for Long Distance. I don’t use much at all long distance.

Ronson answers:

Sometimes it is cheaper, sometimes it isn’t. Many long distance providers will offer you a discount rate if you use them for local service as well. Figure out how many minutes of long distance you use (approximately) and call both companies and get a rate quote of what they would charge you to switch both your local and long distance to their company. Right now, many of them are offering free installation, activation, keep your same phone number, etc because they want more customers, especially for traditional home phones (so many people are switching to only cell phones).

Linda asks…

What’s the difference between digital and analog?

Ronson answers:

Analog and Digital
As a technology, analog is the process of taking an audio or video signal (the human voice) and translating it into electronic pulses. Digital on the other hand is breaking the signal into a binary format where the audio or video data is represented by a series of “1″s and “0″s. Simple enough when it’s the deviceanalog or digital phone, fax, modem, or likewisethat does all the converting for you.

Digital versus analog can refer to method of input, data storage and transfer, the internal working of an instrument, and the kind of display. The word comes from the same source as the word digit and digitus.
The digital technology breaks your voice (or television) signal into binary code a series of 1s and 0s transfers it to the other end where another device (phone, modem or TV) takes all the numbers and reassembles them into the original signal. The beauty of digital is that it knows what it should be when it reaches the end of the transmission. That way, it can correct any errors that may have occurred in the data transfer. What does all that mean to you? Clarity. In most cases, you’ll get distortion-free conversations and clearer TV pictures. The nature of digital technology allows it to cram lots of those 1s and 0s together into the same space an analog signal uses. Like your button-rich phone at work or your 200-plus digital cable service, that means more features can be crammed into the digital signal. Digital offers better clarity, but analog gives you richer quality. Digital like the VCR or the CD is coming down in cost and coming out in everything from cell phones to satellite dishes.

Phone lines

Digital lines are found in large, corporate phone systems. Though digital lines carry lower voltages than analog lines, they still pose a threat to your analog equipment.

Analog lines also referred to as POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service), support standard phones, fax machines, and modems. These are the lines typically found in your home or small office

There are digital-to-analog adapters that not only let you use analog equipment in a digital environment, but also safeguard against frying the internal circuitry of your phone, fax, modem, or laptop.

Cordless phone

The very nature of digital technologybreaking a signal into binary code and recreating it on the receiving endgives you clear, distortion-free cordless calls.

Cordless phones with digital technology are also able to encrypt all those 1s and 0s during transmission so your conversation is safe from eavesdroppers. Plus, more power can be applied to digital signals and thus, you’ll enjoy longer range on your cordless phone conversations.

The advantage to analog cordless products? Well, they’re a bit cheaper. And the sound quality is richer. So unless you need digital security, why not save a few bucks and go with an analog phone? After all, in home or small office environments where you may be the only cordless user, you won’t have any interference issues.

Keep in mind, when talking about digital and analog cordless phones, you’re talking about the signals being transferred between the handset and its base. The phones themselves are still analog devices that can only be used on analog lines. Also, the range of your cordless phoneanalog or digitalwill always depend on the environment.

Cellular Phones

Perhaps the most effective use of the digital versus analog technology is in the booming cellular market. With new phone activations increasing exponentially, the limits of analog are quickly being realized.

Digital cellular lets significantly more people use their phones within a single coverage area. More data can be sent and received simultaneously by each phone user. Plus, transmissions are more resistant to static and signal fading. And with the all-in-one phones out nowphone, pager, voice mail, internet accessdigital phones offer more features than their analog predecessors.

Analog’s sound quality is still superioras some users with dual-transmission phones will manually switch to analog for better sound when they’re not concerned with a crowded coverage areabut digital is quickly becoming the norm in the cellular market.

Better Sound Quality
Digital offers a better quality of sound. Proponents of digital claimed too that because digital scrambled up the signals into bursts, it was more secure than analog and can help thwart “cloning,” an act of grabbing phone account information over the air in order to copy then resell that information for piracy purposes. By some industry estimates, close to $650 million in wireless services has been coveted by these big-eared crooks, which only adds onto the operator’s bottom line a cost that is eventually passed on to the customer. Digital has stronger battery life than analog, and for the most part, better, more modern features on the phones.
Analog phone lines. Analog signals. Digital security. Digital PBX. Analog-to-digital adapters. Wh

Sandy asks…

Why is US Cell Phone Service so much more expensive?

The cost of US cell phone providers for a plan is so much more expensiver than say a plan in Asia. Let me elaborate…My uncle in Taiwan pays about $30 USD a month for 6 cell phone lines. But
in Taiwan/Asia you have to buy your phones where they average about $100-500 USD for a phone. Now most plans in the US is you sign a 2 year contract that comes with a phone with a rebate. Now lets say in Taiwan we get a phone for $250bucks + 24 months (2 year contract in US) * $10 (per month avg; lets say somebody talks more)= $490 for 2 years. Now in US say the most pop. plan is $40 bucks a month with a phone deal thats free after rebate. thats 40 * 24 = $960. That’s a whooping $500 dollar diff.

I know there are some flaws from this comparison such as line activation fees and taxes. But as you can see I don’t understand the BIG DIFFERENCE in cell phone costs.

Ronson answers:

It all depends on were in the us you are and what provider your going with. I go through cellone and i pay 30 bucks a month for unlimited mins with a 2 yr contract.

Charles asks…

Has anyone ever tryed boost mobile, platinumtel, page plus or walmarts new no contract cell phone services ?

These are all unlimited talk/text + 20 to 30 data service plans $50 & under. I would just like to know how good is the service. Are there any hidden cost ? And also, although some say they are under verizon’s network, want to know if anyone have experienced a lot of drop calls with any of them.

Ronson answers:

Straight Talk. Runs on Verizon prepaid network. 8 available phones. Sold only online and at all Walmarts. $45 a month unlimited everything. $300 touch screen smartphone with 3G web available.
Biggest cons: No roaming. No international calling/texting. Poor customer service.

Platinum Tel: Sprint network. $60 unlimited everything. Excellent customer service. No roaming. Only allows their own phones generally. Hard to find .

Simple Mobile. Runs on Tmobile prepaid network. Uses any Tmobile or unlocked gsm sim phone (no boost or nextel). Sold online or at local dealers. $50 unlimited talk/text/20 megs web.
Biggest cons: No roaming. No unlimited data/web. New company with no track record.

Boost mobile. Runs on Nextel network. Uses any Boost or Nextel phone including Blackberries. Sold just about anywhere. $50 unlimited everything including walkie talkie. No taxes.
Biggest cons: Web is slow 2G type. Texting is consistently unreliable. Unattractive phones. Poor customer service. Some states have zero coverage. Dropped call issues.

Page Plus. Runs on Verizon prepaid network with additonal paid roaming. Uses any Verizon , many Alltel and some Straight Talk phones. $40 Unlimited talk/text/20 megs web . Has other plans too like 10 cents a minute, 1200 minute plan for $30.

Cons: No unlimited web. Poor customer service. Verizon phones do not all get working internet.

Att Gophone. $60 Unlimited talk/text/pic/vid/im/intl text 100 countries. Uses an Att or gsm sim unlocked phone. Okay customer service. Web /data option. Can be found many locations.

Cons: Gophone coverage is a lot less then full Att. No unlimited data, max is 100 megs. New orange/white sim locks itself to one phone for six months upon activation unless you go to corporate store and ask for new sim after using up free credit on original gophone orange/white sim.

Virgin Mobile. $50 Unlimited talk. Phones are cheap. Possible to get unlimited text only plan.
Uses Sprint network.

Cons: Poor customer service. Can overcharge credit/debit/paypal accounts, refunds hard to get.
Cannot use any phones but their own selection. Phones cannot be used on other networks.

Metro/Cricket: Cheapest unlmited prices. Older Non trimode markets can flash other cdma/non sim phones to their system.

Cons: Poor customer service. They charge you for all the extras (they charge you to pay them), new areas cannot use flashed phones. Coverage is spotty.

Air Voice Gsm unlimited/H20 Wireless unlimited. Runs on Att gophone network. Allows any Att or unlocked gsm phone. Unlimited talk/text/international text for $50 a month plus sim cost and tax. Fairly good customer service.

Cons: No web or mms/pic/vid/im at all. Hard to find dealers.

I would find out WHICH parent network is the strongest in your area? Tmobile, Att and Verizon and then narrow it down to which one of these network resellers has that and pick the best of that batch.
Like if Verizon is strong, then Page Plus, Straight Talk.
If Sprint is strong, Virgin Mobile. Tmobile: Simple Mobile, etc. That way you can minimize dropped calls. Then pick other factors, price, being able to bring your own phone, data/web unlimited or not and of course quality of customer service.

Only you know what you really want and are looking for.

Lizzie asks…

What is a good pay-as-you-go cellphone plan?

My wife has a regular cellphone plan. I talk on the phone so little, but would like a phone for emergencies. What phone/plan should I pursue if I plan to use about twenty-thirty minutes a month? I do not need texting. Can I get something really cheap? TracFone, Virgin Mobile,or something else? Thanks in advance for your advice.

Ronson answers:

Your two best bets in low cost cell phone service are Tracfone and Page Plus.

Page Plus you can get for as low as $30 a year – every 4 months you add a $10 card that gives you 100 minutes. Problem is that roaming costs are very high – 59 cents a minute as opposed to non-roaming at like 12 cents a minute. (Can’t get on their website right now so I can’t be more specific than that. IIRC there’s a 50 cent per month fee just for having the service.) Phones are kinda expensive, but you can also use any Verizon phone so if you have one laying around or can get someone to give one to you or buy a used one for cheap…

Tracfone, your lowest possible price with that many minutes a month is $80 a year for 4 60 unit/90 day cards @ $20 each. You can get a TF from their website for $20 (use promo codes 23444 for $3 off and 88120 for a free accessory kit), and some of them come with one airtime card free. Several of the phones available come with Double Minutes for Life, so your 4 60 unit cards (240 units) equal 480 units for the year. TFs activate with 10 units – 20 if you activate online – and 60 days of service. No activation fees (IDK right now wheter PP charges activation or not).

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