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Need a recommendation for a dumb phone
2013-02-25 | self

Posted on 02/25/2013 5:38:31 PM PST by gitmo

I'm looking for a good basic cell phone. I have an Aspergers son who needs a phone for safety purposes, but I don't want him to have texting, email or internet access with it. Believe me, that would be a major mistake.

Where can someone obtain an inexpensive, basic cell phone plan. I'd like to be able to restrict calls to selected numbers.

An added bonus would be if I could track his location.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: cellphone; tracking
Any help would be appreciated.
1 posted on 02/25/2013 5:38:41 PM PST by gitmo
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To: gitmo

I hear Hussein is giving them away. Tracking may be mandatory.


2 posted on 02/25/2013 5:40:37 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: gitmo
Maybe Jitterbug?
3 posted on 02/25/2013 5:42:09 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: gitmo
Something basic?

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4 posted on 02/25/2013 5:42:48 PM PST by umgud
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To: gitmo

Tracfone. I think you can get tracking with some of the prepaid minute plans.


5 posted on 02/25/2013 5:44:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: gitmo
John Boehner.

Oh, I thought you said a dumb phony.

6 posted on 02/25/2013 5:44:25 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: gitmo

I bought a little Samsung flip phone today for about 20 bucks. Got it at Best Buy.

It seems to work just fine.

I don’t do texting, either. People will either have to call or send me an email.


7 posted on 02/25/2013 5:46:33 PM PST by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: gitmo

Trying NOT to make an 0bama phone joke.


8 posted on 02/25/2013 5:47:40 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (The amount of ammo you need is determined after the gunfight.)
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To: gitmo; Cyber Liberty

Ref reply #3, I’ve seen ads for the Jitterbug phone and have a couple of senior friends who like it real well. Ultimate in simplicity. About as cheap as you can get. Don’t know about tracking.


9 posted on 02/25/2013 5:47:40 PM PST by upchuck (nobama fact #69: For each job created by the nobama administration, 75 people went on food stamps.)
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To: gitmo

Fully understand the no text/no internet access. I did that, once. Thought I would be nice to the kid. NEVER, EVER AGAIN. Anywho, I have a LG non-smart phone. Have had it for two years now and it’s great. Holds a charge well, camera and video phone, etc. Less than $50.00. I have Verizon. The phone will access internet and text, but you can quarantine those features through the provider so you won’t get heart attack bills like I did and almost get sent up the river for murder.

On the other hand, the girlfriend has SmarTalk. She has a great phone, unlimited internet access, unlimited text and the monthly bill is around 60.00 (perhaps a little less) Not bad and she gets great reception here in Southern Illinois.


10 posted on 02/25/2013 5:50:19 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: gitmo
A lot of regular phone plans allow for parental controls. Your son could always call you and a list of numbers you choose, along with texts to those people.

https://wbillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/nos/safeguards/SafeguardProductDetails.action?productName=usagecontrols

One of my coworkers uses this with his teenagers and seems happy with it.

11 posted on 02/25/2013 5:51:25 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: umgud

Sweet ! Where can I get one ?


12 posted on 02/25/2013 5:51:31 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: upchuck

Thanks all!


13 posted on 02/25/2013 5:51:53 PM PST by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: 98ZJ USMC
Fully understand the no text/no internet access. I did that, once. Thought I would be nice to the kid. NEVER, EVER AGAIN.

Lil' bastid called the cops on you for making him eat peas, eh? That really ****es me off.

14 posted on 02/25/2013 5:53:19 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: USNBandit

I’ll give them a shot. Mrs Gitmo & I have Verizon accounts.


15 posted on 02/25/2013 5:54:07 PM PST by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: gitmo

Interesting. I’m looking for almost the same thing. I’m hearing impaired, so a cell phone is absolutely no use to me except for calling 911 in case my car breaks down, etc. My state used to have a law that any store that sold cell phones had to sell ones that were set up to dial ONLY 911, and does not have to be connected to any monthly payments. It no longer does.

However, I’ve been researching for the next cheapest thing. But since I don’t qualify for food stamps, etc. I haven’t yet found what I need.

But, I’ll email you and perhaps we can help each other out. Good luck to you.


16 posted on 02/25/2013 5:55:22 PM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: 98ZJ USMC

Yeah. My router at home took a lightning hit and the cable company replaced it for me. They set everything back EXACTLY as I had it.

Well, except they forgot my parental controls. My Asperger’s son downloaded $500 of porn in one weekend.

He would start a flick. When my wife came in, he flipped over to Spongebob. Then when she stepped out, he rented another one.

It took months of arguing to get the provider to drop the charges on that. They said they’re not responsible for their repairmen’s errors.


17 posted on 02/25/2013 6:02:45 PM PST by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: kitkat

I believe all handsets will call 911 regardless of you having a plan. When a friend gets a new phone see if he will give you his old phone.

Here is some info
http://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-911-services


18 posted on 02/25/2013 6:03:55 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: gitmo
Seems pretty flexible. My coworker blocks his kids from texting in school hours and sleep time. They can always call him, his wife, and a few trusted emergency contacts.

Just looked up tracking on Verizon and they have a program called Family Locator. The usage controls are 5 a month, the tracking is 10 more dollars, but I'm sure 180 dollars a year would be worth the piece of mind for you and the wife.

19 posted on 02/25/2013 6:07:33 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Lil' bastid called the cops on you for making him eat peas, eh? That really ****es me off.

Man, if only it was just that. The GF hid the total amount from me to avoid a fight. Let's just say the monthly was OVER $1000.00 and it went on for three months. I sledgehammered the phone in his face and kicked the inconsiderate little bastidge outta the house. She agreed! :-D I said: "Go find food and shelter now, MFer. I'm sure you can text someone."

He came whimpering, begging to come back after three days of crashing at his buddys' house. Uh-uh. F*** You. Fly and be free. Enjoy reality.
20 posted on 02/25/2013 6:08:50 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: gitmo

Check into Jitterbug.

They specialize in phones for older folks, who have a lot of the requirements you list — easy to use, operators 24X7, tracking (think Alzheimer’s), etc.

I remember seeing ads for them in various publications and have no personal experience, but the match seems good...


21 posted on 02/25/2013 6:09:11 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: gitmo
Yeah. My router at home took a lightning hit and the cable company replaced it for me. They set everything back EXACTLY as I had it. Well, except they forgot my parental controls. My Asperger’s son downloaded $500 of porn in one weekend. He would start a flick. When my wife came in, he flipped over to Spongebob. Then when she stepped out, he rented another one. It took months of arguing to get the provider to drop the charges on that. They said they’re not responsible for their repairmen’s errors.

Day for coincidences, I guess. I had the same thing happen here. The surge bulged the case like an M-80. Yeah, I hear ya. They just don't learn until they have to pay for it themselves. Kinda like out current moocher class.
22 posted on 02/25/2013 6:13:06 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: gitmo

Bought 2 cheapo “Pay2Go” phones at Best Buy for the missus & me. They cost $20, and they’re $20 a month with Virgin for basic (no text, internet, etc.). The phone is sophisticated enough to handle them (and it has a camera, which could be handy in an emergency), I just don’t buy the service.


23 posted on 02/25/2013 6:13:58 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: gitmo
For cheap, limited function phones it is hard to beat Tracfone. You can buy one of their phones for $9.99 and around $100 gets you 1 year of usage and 400 minutes of talk time. Since the phone is prepaid you don't have to worry about your child running up the bill, and if the phone is lost or damaged you aren't out much money.

I don't think Tracfone offers phone locating services. AT&T does, you can get it with family plans which are the best deal for most situations. It is handy to find where the phone, and therefore the kid, is.

24 posted on 02/25/2013 6:14:20 PM PST by freeandfreezing
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To: gitmo

I recently got a Samsung M400 through my landline phone company, serviced by Sprint. Pretty basic, does have tracking you can turn on or off. What I like is the large buttons, and you can enlarge the screen fonts for far-sighted eyes like mine.


25 posted on 02/25/2013 6:14:24 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: gitmo

General:

http://fpaxson.acndirect.com/default.asp#

North Carolina:
http://fpaxson.acndirect.com/services.asp?CO_LA=US_EN&region=NC


26 posted on 02/25/2013 6:14:43 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: gitmo
They said they’re not responsible for their repairmen’s errors.

But you should be. Nice.

27 posted on 02/25/2013 6:15:25 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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28 posted on 02/25/2013 6:19:42 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: gitmo

I would look at virgin mobile. Buy the phone at best buy or target. If you don’t like it, the phone is easy to return. No contract, pay as you go service.


29 posted on 02/25/2013 6:34:54 PM PST by Havisham
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To: gitmo
Pretty much any pay-per-month plan will resolve your issues.

You can set them up to block texting.
No association with a credit card required.
Just buy a card to pay for the service every month or so.
My Net 10 costs $30.00 for sixty days service /300 minutes.
Minutes rollover if not used.

Phone was $9.99. No capability for “internet” activity, no pics, just calls and text, and text can be easily disabled.

It is my primary phone.

30 posted on 02/25/2013 6:37:52 PM PST by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: gitmo
BTW, My child has Virgin Mobile.
Phone,pics, texts and internet (no ability to download anything that is not included in the monthly $25.00 service/no extra charges possible)

I monitor the incoming and outgoing calls and texts.
Still no track back to my personal bank account.

31 posted on 02/25/2013 6:50:02 PM PST by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: gitmo

Check out ConsumerCellular.com . Great company, no contract, change plan minutes on the fly, basic phones.


32 posted on 02/25/2013 6:52:50 PM PST by JABit (Another retired vet.)
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To: gitmo

My wife and I got 2 top of the line(about 12 yrs ago)
Motorola phones-paid a few hundred + 100.00 up front minutes and since then we put in about 20.00/yr for minutes that we never lose—T Mobile. Works great as basic phone with camera,etc.


33 posted on 02/25/2013 7:21:16 PM PST by Mark (For the first time in my life, I'm no longer proud of my country.)
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To: gitmo

sorry for the assholishness of the replies but this could fit the bill

http://www.meritline.com/mobile-phone-watch-watch-phone-for-kids-with-gps-tracker-—p-90225.aspx?source=fghdac&gclid=CNDyjo2C07UCFUVN4AodWF8AoQ

What you want is something hard to loose with gps and basic phone. more specifics and non jerks can help point you in the correct direction. (Sorry I hate the stupid posts on threads looking for real help) Some of us actually care.


34 posted on 02/25/2013 7:29:15 PM PST by waynesa98
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To: sarasmom; gitmo

I also have an old Virgin Mobile plan with limited minutes for $5/mo. (I’m sure they’ve gone up in price). It is cheap and no frills. Got it for kids’ first phone then passed it on to the grandparents but they were clueless.


35 posted on 02/25/2013 7:50:01 PM PST by bgill
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To: umgud

ROTFLMAO!!!


36 posted on 02/25/2013 7:53:42 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

By law, all cellphones must be able to call 911 even without a plan. Do you know anyone who has an old phone they no longer use? If so, get that phone.

I am cutting off my old flip phone tomorrow.


37 posted on 02/25/2013 11:26:19 PM PST by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Bless you for your response about cell phones for the deaf.

I’m looking into it now.

I’ve scoured the web for information, but nada. YOU have given me hope.


38 posted on 02/26/2013 5:22:44 AM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: waynesa98

Thanks waynesa98


39 posted on 02/27/2013 4:19:19 AM PST by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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