What's the best option for prepaid cell minutes in the USA (Philadelphia) if I already own an unlocked GSM phone?
I've never been a big fan of phones. I hate land lines and I hate cell phones even more. Of course, as a nod to practicality, I still maintain a phone number.
For the past couple of years I have used a bottom-of-the-line Virgin prepaid model
as my sole phone. It's a piece of crap, but all-in-all I've been pretty happy with it. Sadly, it has reached the end of its life. It's casing is cracked, it's battery keeps dislodging and I swear the whole thing will just up and break in half if I so much as think about putting it in my pocket.
Now the obvious thing to do would be to just drop the $10 on another of the same model. But, there's another option. A friend of mine just purchased a swanky new phone and has been kind enough to offer me his old unlocked GSM phone
I understand that I would need a SIM card to use this phone. Unfortunately, in all my looking I've been unable to find a prepaid SIM card that meets my requirements. Specifically:
- Cheap rate for minutes: I pay 10 cents/min with Virgin and would rather not see that increase significantly.
- No (or very long) expiry of minutes: I use the phone as rarely as I can get away with. In the average month I use about $10 worth of minutes. Some months, I'll use less than a dollar. If I buy 200 minutes, I want to be able to use them over three months or longer.
- Good coverage in the Philadelphia area.
-Ability to do roaming in Canada, specifically Toronto. (Virgin doesn't offer this. That's the one big black mark for the phone I currently have).
Does anyone know of a provider that offers a prepaid SIM card that can make me a happy?
ASIDE: I haven't really considered any contract plans. I've been assuming that given how little I use the phone, there would be no monthly plan that would be a good deal for me. If you know of a plan that costs $10/month or less and has no or minimal early termination charge (there's a good chance I'll be moving back to Canada within the year), please let me know.