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Old January 1st, 2013, 01:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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just wondering if anyone knows of a good place to top up online

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Old January 1st, 2013, 05:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure what you're asking for. Why not just use the VM website? https://www1.virginmobileusa.com/myaccount/topup.do
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Yeah about a year ago Virgin changed the price structure for resellers, I don't think that anyone offers much, if any discounts anymore . You used to be able to get 3-5 % off with no sales tax and instant email delivery of your pin.
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It's worth a couple of US pesos to me to set it and forget it on the Virgin website. No messing with a dead phone.
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thanks for the replies, was looking for an alternative to callingmart since it isn't as good with discounts as it used to be.
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Crazygametime.com $60 topup for $50 and 40$ topup for $34.
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That could add up to a hundred or two a year. I might be willing to change my ways for that Thanks for the link!
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Crazygametime.com $60 topup for $50 and 40$ topup for $34.
I am new to prepaid. From VM's perspective, a dollar is a dollar?
They have weird increments that don't match up with the beyond talk plans. I assume this means nothing right? A dollar is a dollar right, and I only need $45 of them in my account each month?
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I am new to prepaid. From VM's perspective, a dollar is a dollar?
They have weird increments that don't match up with the beyond talk plans. I assume this means nothing right? A dollar is a dollar right, and I only need $45 of them in my account each month?
Doesn't matter where you by the top up from, it's all the same to Virgin. You just need to have enough in your account to pay your bill.
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Crazygametime.com $60 topup for $50 and 40$ topup for $34.
How legit is this site? They are asking for my phone number, do they put you in some telemarketer list?

Anyone have any experiences?
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Can anyone verify this site as legit?
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I get mine from target.. sometimes they'll sell $35 cards for $33.95.. and I also get a 5% discount for using my Redcard.
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Crazygametime.com $60 topup for $50 and 40$ topup for $34.
Before I switched to Virgin Mobile, I used STIMobile. I got my charge cards from a site called Cheapphonecards.com (at least in the beginning. And I think it's defunct now.)

For some unknown reason, the minutes I got from Cheapphonecards.com would disappear fairly quickly. I might get 100 minutes and they'd all disappear in a week even when I've only made a few short calls. The official cards from STIMobile did not have this problem.

I'm very wary of purchasing non-official cards for any prepaid carrier after that experience..
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Before I switched to Virgin Mobile, I used STIMobile. I got my charge cards from a site called Cheapphonecards.com (at least in the beginning. And I think it's defunct now.)

For some unknown reason, the minutes I got from Cheapphonecards.com would disappear fairly quickly. I might get 100 minutes and they'd all disappear in a week even when I've only made a few short calls. The official cards from STIMobile did not have this problem.

I'm very wary of purchasing non-official cards for any prepaid carrier after that experience..
Well the difference is that with phone cards, they have control over your minutes. With virgin mobile pins (or any other carrier), it's done by dollars. And as soon as you type that code into Virgin Mobile, and add the money to your account, there's nothing they can do.

Just bought a $60 card from crazygametime for $50, and can verify they are legit.
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Well the difference is that with phone cards, they have control over your minutes. With virgin mobile pins (or any other carrier), it's done by dollars. And as soon as you type that code into Virgin Mobile, and add the money to your account, there's nothing they can do.

Just bought a $60 card from crazygametime for $50, and can verify they are legit.
They're legit. Also they use your number to send you a.pin required to make a purchase. They don't give out your number.
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I just ordered from crazygametime.com

Worked great. Thanks for the link.
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I noted this when I saw it, for when my bill was due. Just tried it, and it works perfectly. Thank you!

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No problems.
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yea im hella gonna try out that site. for top ups and for M$ points.
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Very nice, thank you! Now my bill is < $35 a month if they keep this deal going!

Also, this amounts to a free month of service every 7 months if you don't go over your rate plan
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I topped up with them today without any issues. February has been paid for.
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Just used crazygametime.com successfully for the first time.. Very simple and almost instant delivery (pin came immediately after PayPal receipt).
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CrazyGameTime is legit, if you have any customer service issues, do it through PayPal. They replied and helped in about 15 minutes.
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As of right now, eBay is the best place to buy discount top ups. This thread here (Is the phone worth it?) got hijacked and turned into a discount top up thread...but perhaps it's time to organize (Spring Cleaning).

Maybe we can start using this thread instead for discussions.
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Yeah, it was off-topic in the other thread.

I called eBay out of curiosity, they said they could investigate his account, and possible outcomes could include banning his account from eBay, even over a violation through the classifieds. They don't, however, have a buyer protection policy through classifieds, as we already know.

The seller still has not responded. I just sent him another message, just in case he didn't see the last one for whatever reason. I'm giving him an additional two days to respond, before I file a claim against him. I'm not worried since Paypal should have me covered, as well as my cc company, as an additional layer of protection.

If he doesn't respond to my messages, I would not buy from him again. Even though other people are having some success with this guy, he's obviously unreliable, and uncommunicative. I'd rather spend a few more dollars on a seller with a higher, positive feedback count, who stands by their listings.
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Yeah, it was off-topic in the other thread.

I called eBay out of curiosity, they said they could investigate his account, and possible outcomes could include banning his account from eBay, even over a violation through the classifieds. They don't, however, have a buyer protection policy through classifieds, as we already know.

The seller still has not responded. I just sent him another message, just in case he didn't see the last one for whatever reason. I'm giving him an additional two days to respond, before I file a claim against him. I'm not worried since Paypal should have me covered, as well as my cc company, as an additional layer of protection.

If he doesn't respond to my messages, I would not buy from him again. Even though other people are having some success with this guy, he's obviously unreliable, and uncommunicative. I'd rather spend a few more dollars on a seller with a higher, positive feedback count, who stands by their listings.
I'm sorry this happened to you. I can actually see how this happened. that seller was giving two $40 top ups and counting that as a $60 top up...pretty generous if you ask me. But he get in too deep. He ran out of $40 top ups right when you bought one...so he could only apply one of them.

He (she) is now selling $80 top ups which is actually a $60 + $20 top up...which matches with my scenario of him (her) running out of $40 top ups. This doesn't explain why he didn't add one of the $20 top ups he has to make it a $60 top up.

Just something to point out here. All of these people from Kansas City MO who are selling these discount top ups are all likely Chinese people, and their English skills are unknown.

My last 3 paypal transactions for top ups were to:

Huipeng Xu
lixia li
lirong lin (this is the one with 2 feedback who hasn't responded to Droidula)

Are you emailing directly to untiedstatephonetopup@hotmail.com? I don't think that there is intentional malice going on here. I think that there was an error, and perhaps the English isn't good enough to realize that a complaint is being emailed. So I don't feel that this vendor is intentionally trying to dupe people...I just feel that customer support isn't very good, and I attribute that to possibly to a language barrier. Keep trying. I hope this gets resolved soon so that I have the confidence to grab some of those $80 top ups for $44
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I did undertake to do this as a test knowing that he had only two feedback, so it's my fault if anything. But no worries. I think you might be right that he / she is not doing this intentionally.

I don't think this seller ran out of $40 top-ups though, because for the $80 deal, they wrote that they're selling a $60 balance with a $20 bonus, but using two $40 top-ups:

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$40 + $40 Top-Up Card = Total $80
I've been contacting the seller directly through eBay messages, but thanks for the suggestion; I will try that address too. The description says:

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Just feel free to contact me via this paypal email if you have any problems.
But they didn't list an email, and I hadn't checked my paypal statement looking specifically for that email.

Hopefully they will resolve this, because if they do I would try to buy from them again.
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I did undertake to do this as a test knowing that he had only two feedback, so it's my fault if anything. But no worries. I think you might be right that he / she is not doing this intentionally.

I don't think this seller ran out of $40 top-ups though, because for the $80 deal, they wrote that they're selling a $60 balance with a $20 bonus, but using two $40 top-ups:



I've been contacting the seller directly through eBay messages, but thanks for the suggestion; I will try that address too. The description says:



But they didn't list an email, and I hadn't checked my paypal statement looking specifically for that email.

Hopefully they will resolve this, because if they do I would try to buy from them again.
Does that email I listed match with the email on your PayPal statement?
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Yes, from lirong lin.
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I still have not received my refund from them. I got a message from Paypal stating that the money would be going back on my card but still have not gotten it.
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I would advise anyone purchasing through eBay to be careful.

As an update to my own case, I contacted the seller multiple times, through multiple channels, and they never responded. (I had purchased a $60 balance, and they deposited less.) Since you're not covered by eBay when you purchase through the classifieds, I filed a Paypal dispute, and the case resolved the other day with me as the losing party. I called, and they told me that I didn't win because Paypal won't cover you for intangible goods.

So I moved on to filing a dispute through my cc, which was also a Paypal cc. They wanted me to fax/mail a copy of the eBay listing, my Paypal statement to prove what I paid, and a copy of my transaction history with VM, to show that I was credited with a different amount than what I paid for.

Unfortunately, what you purchase through eBay classifieds does not go into your purchase history under "My eBay," so I couldn't find a link to the exact page. However, in my Paypal transaction history, the name of the item I purchased was the title of the posting description on eBay, which specified the amount I was supposed to receive, so I think it would have worked anyway.

But yet another obstacle arose when I couldn't access my VM transaction history through their website, dating back to 2 weeks ago. A phone call to VM enlightened me to the fact that since they are updating or moving their system over, I won't have access to any of my earlier transactions. I might have access to my earlier account history after the process is completed in 2 more days, but they're not sure.

I'd told cs they would be making me lose a refund of $40 since I couldn't access any proof for my cc company, and was very surprised when they credited my account for that amount. I still want the seller to be held accountable though, so if my transaction history does become available in a few days, I'm going to continue with my claim against him through my cc company.

Basically, if you continue to buy through these guys on eBay, I would make sure to:

1) Use a cc so you're protected.
2) Save a link to the item page, and screenshot / print it out in case the link won't be up long.
3) Make sure you have access to your cc/Paypal transaction history to use as proof of payment.
4) Go on the VM website and check your transaction or top-up history, so that if they don't deposit the money, or they add the wrong amount, you can print out the page / screenshot it to use as further proof.

Edited to add: I would still consider purchasing top-ups through eBay, but only with sellers who have higher feedback count with positive reviews. There is still a risk element since it's classifieds, not eBay direct, but if they are a more high-volume seller, chances are that they are not sketchy. I just tried to purchase from a buyer with several hundred positive feedback, and he deposited a balance into my account within a few hours.
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I buy mine from ebay and I set up a deal with a seller who sells me $40 for $30 and a %10 discount if i stay for 4 months...
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I gave the eBay thing a try. I went with lixia li, who has 197 for feedback. I purchased $80 of top-up cards, but only received $40. It's been 2.5 days so I opened a PayPal dispute. Next onto my cc.

I doubt I will be trying eBay again for Top-up cards.
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Damn...these eBay top ups are starting to piss me off. I got lucky, and stocked up, but I can't go through the whole year on my stock ups. I'm going to need more top ups in August or September. I hope all this is sorted out soon.
I'm sorry to hear about what happened to you guys. That sucks.

It's just odd to me that if they were going to screw you over, why even add a partial top up?
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Weird that so many people are having problems. I bought from this guy 4 times and everything went smooth each time. I still feel comfortable enough to continue buying from him.
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I use topless mobile I got him to send me the codes so I can double check everything...
Link here:Virgin Mobile $40 Top Up Refill Card | eBay a $40 one for $27.00 I personally recommend him. I've bought from him several times..
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Well it turns out that I am an idiot.
I actually did get both $40 Top-ups, VM just instantly applied one to next month's payment. After apologizing profusely to the seller, I am now considering buying another $80 worth.
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 10:17 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Well it turns out that I am an idiot.
I actually did get both $40 Top-ups, VM just instantly applied one to next month's payment. After apologizing profusely to the seller, I am now considering buying another $80 worth.
That makes me feel much better. I may stock up again...since we can actually buy hardware with our top up balances

I was mistaken, my balance is $160 right now with my May 8th payment already taken care of...so I sorta have $205 total if I needed to buy a phone before the May payment was taken out.
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Well it turns out that I am an idiot.
I actually did get both $40 Top-ups, VM just instantly applied one to next month's payment. After apologizing profusely to the seller, I am now considering buying another $80 worth.

Can you put up a link to the seller? Thanks.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 09:19 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I've used the seller "shaun.freeman" with success in the past, paid $42 for a $60 top up. He was very responsive, added the balance to my account the same day I made the purchase. YMMV
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I'm thinking about buying a top up card(s) from ebay but I'm just wondering if any of you who have previously done this have any concerns or problems with sending the seller your phone number for them to apply the funds to your account rather than a pin being emailed to you. I've bought tracfone airtime cards in the past and have always received the pin and applied the funds to the account myself, so sending my number to an unknown seller is foreign to me.

I really can't believe the discount on the cards though...seems almost too good to be true, but then again, a number of people have left positive feedback so it doesn't seem like it would be a scam or anything.
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I'm thinking about buying a top up card(s) from ebay but I'm just wondering if any of you who have previously done this have any concerns or problems with sending the seller your phone number for them to apply the funds to your account rather than a pin being emailed to you. I've bought tracfone airtime cards in the past and have always received the pin and applied the funds to the account myself, so sending my number to an unknown seller is foreign to me.

I really can't believe the discount on the cards though...seems almost too good to be true, but then again, a number of people have left positive feedback so it doesn't seem like it would be a scam or anything.
I haven't ever had any problems with giving the seller my phone number. The only problem this may cause is if the seller then sells your number to a spammer, in which case I'm willing to be spammed to save 30% of my phone bill. Like I said this hasn't been an issue for me, but I could certainly see it happening.
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The reason why they need your number is because they enter it in the point of sale terminal, that's how they can offer such a discount over the physical top ups.
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The reason why they need your number is because they enter it in the point of sale terminal, that's how they can offer such a discount over the physical top ups.
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Oh really? I didn't know that...very interesting. Thanks!
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Can you put up a link to the seller? Thanks.
Sorry I missed your request. Here is the LINK. The user name is pro_topcardseller

Also, I did buy another $80 worth from them
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Sorry I missed your request. Here is the LINK. The user name is pro_topcardseller

Also, I did buy another $80 worth from them
Thanks man. This seller has incredible prices. Can wait to top up.
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I just bought a VM120 top up ($60 + $60). I'll let you guys know when it hits. this should bring my balance up to $280 after May is paid for. I can't add more than one more of the VM120 top ups before I reach the max balance...unless my June payment gets allocated.
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I just bought a VM120 top up ($60 + $60). I'll let you guys know when it hits. this should bring my balance up to $280 after May is paid for. I can't add more than one more of the VM120 top ups before I reach the max balance...unless my June payment gets allocated.
Not sure if your asking whether on not you can go up and down with the plans, but I have went from $35 to $45, then back to $35.
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Not sure if your asking whether on not you can go up and down with the plans, but I have went from $35 to $45, then back to $35.
I had asked if there was a way to check your historical usage that, but realized it was off topic, so I deleted that stuff. I can probably go down to the 400 minute plan, but I wanted to check my past few months of usage first. VM customer service can't even check this...WTF?!?!

When I was with Sprint, I had 1 year of historical usage at my fingertips. VM needs to revamp a few things.
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Actually it's a 300 minutes plan, I just use the magic jack app when I'm on wifi for voip.
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Actually it's a 300 minutes plan, I just use the magic jack app when I'm on wifi for voip.
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Damn, 300 is cutting it close. I would have to be mindful of my usage ...so to avoid all that drama, I'll stick with the extra $10. By topping up on eBay, is not a true $10 anyway .

Edit: I got my two $60 top ups at 4:30 this morning.
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