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Old 09-17-2012, 01:26 PM   #16
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I talked to the folks at Walmart and was assured that the Proclaim uses Verizon. I checked a lot of zip codes in the areas where I will use the phone the most, and it showed as working on all of them.

The only issue that I found was that the guy at Walmart said that if the Verizon tower was swamped with calls, prepaid customers essentially went to the bottom of the list and might get kicked off. He said it wasn't something he had heard of happening very often.

I'm going to go with this phone, but my parents (who won't have smart phones) are going to use ATT phones. The nice thing is that if I'm not satisfied, I'm not going to be under contract!
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:05 PM   #17
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I talked to the folks at Walmart and was assured that the Proclaim uses Verizon. I checked a lot of zip codes in the areas where I will use the phone the most, and it showed as working on all of them.

The only issue that I found was that the guy at Walmart said that if the Verizon tower was swamped with calls, prepaid customers essentially went to the bottom of the list and might get kicked off. He said it wasn't something he had heard of happening very often.
He's right -- I have never known that to happen, at all. I don't believe it works as a "priority" system anyway, since Tracfone buys all these minutes from the carriers at bulk pricing.

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I'm going to go with this phone, but my parents (who won't have smart phones) are going to use ATT phones. The nice thing is that if I'm not satisfied, I'm not going to be under contract!
And that's the beauty of the whole thing -- if you don't like it, you're not on the hook for two years (or a $150 early termination fee).

Enjoy!
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:43 PM   #18
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And that's the beauty of the whole thing -- if you don't like it, you're not on the hook for two years (or a $150 early termination fee).

Enjoy!
You're not on the hook for two years or a $150 termination fee. You just paid $150-$180 for the phone. You probably could have gotten the equivalent, or better, phone for free with a contract.

Find out what the return policy is and make sure it suits your needs before it's up.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:17 PM   #19
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You're not on the hook for two years or a $150 termination fee. You just paid $150-$180 for the phone. You probably could have gotten the equivalent, or better, phone for free with a contract.

Find out what the return policy is and make sure it suits your needs before it's up.
The site says that I have 30 days to return it which should give me plenty of time to make a decision.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #20
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You're not on the hook for two years or a $150 termination fee. You just paid $150-$180 for the phone. You probably could have gotten the equivalent, or better, phone for free with a contract.

Find out what the return policy is and make sure it suits your needs before it's up.
I've been on Prepaid most of the time for Cell Phone. And I'd agree that you need to compare what you're saving each month vs. what you are paying in a full price phone. I decided to buy a used AT&T phone to use with Straight Talk's new bring your own phone plan. http://www.straighttalksim.com/ . It works with GSM based phones (AT&T or T-Mobile).
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The site says that I have 30 days to return it which should give me plenty of time to make a decision.
Exactly -- regardless of which way you are purchasing that phone (Straight Talk through their website/Walmart or Net 10 from HSN), the retailer's guarantee should be generous-enough just in case things don't work out.

As I said eariler in the thread, I own this phone, and I've done quite a bit with it, already and am yet to be disappointed with this $45 a month gem...
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Exactly -- regardless of which way you are purchasing that phone (Straight Talk through their website/Walmart or Net 10 from HSN), the retailer's guarantee should be generous-enough just in case things don't work out.

As I said eariler in the thread, I own this phone, and I've done quite a bit with it, already and am yet to be disappointed with this $45 a month gem...
Yeah, I"m willing to pay for the Proclaim throught Straight Talk because it looks like exactly what I want - a good introductory level smart phone. I really like the talk to text feature too.

My parents, on the other hand, will be taking my phone and my daughter's phone and just getting the sim cards for them. Both phones are internet capable - just not smart phones - and they have qwerty keyboards. If for any reason, they aren't happy with these phones (and I think they will be), they can look into getting another option.
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Update: The phone works great on the Verizon towers (works in places my ATT phone had dead spots) and is a really great phone for what I want. It's pretty easy to figure out (although I still have a lot to learn). The swype is wonderful, but talk to text is even better. I'm a very satisfied customer!
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:59 PM   #24
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nice

I'm kind of in a long, slow process of getting all our phones out from under contracts at which point I'll decide what we want to do next. It's good to hear experiences.
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