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December 6, 2008
12:37 pm
Forum Posts: 185
Member Since:
November 26, 2008
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Hi everybody, I'm moving next year, leaving my parent's home and will start spending all my savings for food, heating, electricity, etc... And from that point, I will see my savings start go decrease ;) Well that's why I was saving for.

Here's my life style:
-I'm never home, after ending my school classes at 11h30 AM, I'm always at the sport center playing racquetball/squash/tennis or training on my road bike or running on the racing track and then I'm heating on the go at the cafeteria of the sport center and then I'm going at the library to study till 9:00 PM before going home and getting to bed.
-Next year I'm always going to be working at the hospital around 12 hours per day then I'm gonna go at the sport center during the evening so I won't be home again when I'll be in appartment.
-I am NEVER watching TV so I won't have a TV in my appartment, I might have one but I won't have cable. I'll have internet high speed because I only communicate via e-mail. I am ALMOST NEVER talking on the phone. Around 15 minutes or 20 minutes per month, I'm scheduling everything via e-mail with my friends.

So this lead me to asking myself if I'd should go with a permanent phone at my appartment or a cellphone? Of course the cellphone, if cheaper would be the best option.

I currently have no cellphone and I do not have needs for one but if it's cheaper than a permanent phone, I won't refuse to select that option.

I do not know anything about cellphones that's why I'm asking advice from some expert cellphones consumers/banking-scam-emailers that may be around on this site.

My requirements:
-No activation fee
-No network access fee
-No text messages (I have no utility in this)
-No unlimited weekends/evening calls (because I never call anybody but my girlfriend but it happens that I'll be living with her in my appartment)
-No frigging stupid stuff like internet/web messenger/games/music/video (I want a phone that's it, nothing else.)
-Since I'll use about 30 minutes per month, I'd go with a Pay and talk forfait or something like that with activation card on which the unused minutes are valid for the next month and accumulating through the time.
-The cheapest possible

Note: I will not bring the cellphone with me, I'll leave it in the appartment in normal circumstances. I hate to talk on a phone and do not want to be reachable during the daytime. However, it will also be the phone my girlfriend will use. She's pretty much like me, she doesn't want to have one on herself and she speaks around 45 minutes per month.

What would you recommend to me?
(I'll need it for next July)

The day you become free is the day you work for fun.

December 6, 2008
1:05 pm
Forum Posts: 1293
Member Since:
May 15, 2007
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Hi Max,

Check out 7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless. That's what I use, and I like the service so much that I created that site. Since you're in Quebec, you might have to go with Petro Canada Mobility, which is almost the same service. Based on the usage you describe, it would cost you about $20 a month. One of my favourite things is that airtime last 365 days, so if you buy a $100 airtime voucher, so if you use less than normal in a particular month, you can be almost sure that the minutes will rollover.

Other phone usage tips for when you need to make longer calls and you're at home with an Internet connection:

- Use a service like Grand Central or Jajah, combined with Gizmo5 whenever you need to make longer calls -- this will work out to be free for outgoing calls.

- Use Skype to Skype calls -- also free for outgoing and incoming. If the person you are calling doesn't have Skype, you can make a Skype to phone call at relatively cheap rates (about 3 cents per minute).

December 12, 2008
4:18 pm
Palos Green

If you want simplicity,
Get a $100 Rogers "Pay As You Go" card, unlike the $20 cards which expire after 30 days unless more $ is added, the $100 card remains valid for 1 year.
I got mine last January, saved myself $120 over the course of the year and still have $50 of unused balance.

December 13, 2008
2:59 pm
Forum Posts: 185
Member Since:
November 26, 2008
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Ok well change of plans, if I take a forfait with my girlfriend, she'd probably need something with unlimited incoming calls during the evening and week-ends because she talks a lot on the phone.

Is there anything ou there at 15$ per month?

The day you become free is the day you work for fun.

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