Skip to comments.Need a recommendation for a dumb phone
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.
I hear Hussein is giving them away. Tracking may be mandatory.
Tracfone. I think you can get tracking with some of the prepaid minute plans.
Oh, I thought you said a dumb phony.
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.
Trying NOT to make an 0bama phone joke.
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.
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.
One of my coworkers uses this with his teenagers and seems happy with it.
Sweet ! Where can I get one ?
Lil' bastid called the cops on you for making him eat peas, eh? That really ****es me off.
I’ll give them a shot. Mrs Gitmo & I have Verizon accounts.
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.
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.
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
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.
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