Single line, single user. Expect to pay a monthly fee with fixed
anytime minutes. Activation fee is typically $35. There is an early
termination fee. Most plans include caller ID, call waiting, and
call forwarding. Pay for additional minutes, long distance and roaming
unless you select a nationwide plan where every call is like a local
Share minutes with family members. Expect to pay monthly fee.
The charge per additional line on the account is typically $20
per line (some carriers include second line in monthly fee). Fixed
anytime minutes. Some plans include mobile-to-mobile minutes,
or you can add these for an additional fee. If you do not have
mobile-to-mobile minutes, both parties could be charged for the
call. This double charge can quickly burn through your anytime
minutes. Activation fee applies to each line, typically $35. Plan
may include unlimited night and weekend minutes. Additional airtime,
long distance and roaming charges (unless included in your plan).
Early termination fee could apply to each line.
Pre-paid carriers are a good option if you use your phone only
for emergencies or if you have bad credit. Carriers do not obtain
credit reports on prepaid subscribers. Pre-paid minutes do expire
and have to be recharged.