Instead of subscribing to a cell phone network by signing a two-year agreement, which can only be broken with hefty fees, one alternative users have is to sign up with a prepaid cell phone service, which typically has no contract required. However, this typically requires you to add minutes by paying the network a set fee per minute. Buying these minutes is relatively a simple process.
Things You'll Need
- Credit card or cash
- Prepaid phone
- Your phone's number
- Web browser
Purchase a prepaid minute card for your phone's prepaid network. Most supermarket, convenience stores and electronics stores sell these cards for you to purchase. These phone cards typically come in $10, $25, $50 and $100 denominations. You will typically need to enter the numbers on the card using a special phone number for your prepaid network or entering them into your cell phone.
Use your cell phone to pay for the minutes. Typically prepaid networks provide a number you can call on your phone for free where you can pay for minutes using a credit card. Most only allow you to pay for minutes using denominations similar to the ones listed in step one.
Point your browser to your prepaid network's website. Most prepaid networks have a place where you can purchase minutes online, again using a credit card. Provide your name, number and credit card information, and the minutes are transferred to your account.
Tips & Warnings
- Consider purchasing several additional prepaid minute cards so that you are never caught without minutes.
- Most prepaid networks deduct additional minutes from you if you call from outside your usual calling area, such as calling out of state. Be sure to add minutes accordingly.
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