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Old November 7th, 2012, 11:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Don't know if this question has ever been addressed and there is too much here to do a search for it and besides I'm not good at doing searches... apparently I don't know how to word things well enough to get my desired results.

The question is....... in this day and age is it still possible (with metropcs or ANY cell phone company) to pay in cash and not give out personal information?

being of the older crowd I'm not one to buy into all this freely giving out personal information. I don't do contracts... I still use mostly cash for most things... still have a my landline and more one would expect from an old guy.

I do not like giving out personal information and I do not like using plastic if I can do otherwise so can that still be done these days with cell phones and cell phone companies... metropcs first but others as well?

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Old November 7th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know if this question has ever been addressed and there is too much here to do a search for it and besides I'm not good at doing searches... apparently I don't know how to word things well enough to get my desired results.

The question is....... in this day and age is it still possible (with metropcs or ANY cell phone company) to pay in cash and not give out personal information?

being of the older crowd I'm not one to buy into all this freely giving out personal information. I don't do contracts... I still use mostly cash for most things... still have a my landline and more one would expect from an old guy.

I do not like giving out personal information and I do not like using plastic if I can do otherwise so can that still be done these days with cell phones and cell phone companies... metropcs first but others as well?
I have paid without info, in cash but obviously in person. I am also just like you and do not like the intrusion into my privacy but i have to say, google is displaying enough of your info around... food for thought
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Google is displaying what they THINK is MY personal information around. The good thing about online is I can be whoever I want to be without actually being me.

Thanks for the reply, good to know cash is still viable and not everyone wants to know someone's life history just to buy something.

I spent $9 in a computer store the other day and the first thing they wanted was my name, address, phone and email and I just told the "young enough to be my grand daughter" cashier that I don't give out personal information and she looked at me as if I was from another planet.

Again thanks for the reply, you have been most helpful.

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Google is displaying what they THINK is MY personal information around. The good thing about online is I can be whoever I want to be without actually being me.

Thanks for the reply, good to know cash is still viable and not everyone wants to know someone's life history just to buy something.

I spent $9 in a computer store the other day and the first thing they wanted was my name, address, phone and email and I just told the "young enough to be my grand daughter" cashier that I don't give out personal information and she looked at me as if I was from another planet.

Again thanks for the reply, you have been most helpful.

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I'm sad to say, you'll experience that more often than not these days, and it will only get worse in the days ahead - hide in the weeds and watch. The vast majority of businesses currently depend on gathering your personal information to further their profit agendas (along with delving into your personal life), as a result of the practice of "Data Mining" and the increasingly commonplace greed that fuels it.
The sad fact is - if you venture online, or deal with digital equipment that does - for basically anything - you're going to have little privacy, if ANY. Period.

Personally, I'd like to tell them to go blank themselves. But that won't get me, or anyone else for that matter, anywhere constructively... other than being shown the door, or blocked/banned in the digital world.
At this point, true "privacy" is an extinct concept, and the American Constitutional First Amendment has become a mere joke...

Yeah, I'm considered to be a radical. lol
But nonetheless - welcome to 1984!
(for those too young to recognize that year reference, Google it)
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I'm sad to say, you'll experience that more often than not these days, and it will only get worse in the days ahead - hide in the weeds and watch. The vast majority of businesses currently depend on gathering your personal information to further their profit agendas (along with delving into your personal life), as a result of the practice of "Data Mining" and the increasingly commonplace greed that fuels it.
The sad fact is - if you venture online, or deal with digital equipment that does - for basically anything - you're going to have little privacy, if ANY. Period.

Personally, I'd like to tell them to go blank themselves. But that won't get me, or anyone else for that matter, anywhere constructively... other than being shown the door, or blocked/banned in the digital world.
At this point, true "privacy" is an extinct concept, and the American Constitutional First Amendment has become a mere joke...

Yeah, I'm considered to be a radical. lol
But nonetheless - welcome to 1984!
(for those too young to recognize that year reference, Google it)
"the answer to 1984 is 1776"
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"1984" is on my shelf... well worn too... along with Orwell's Animal Farm.

Thanks again to all for responding!
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go to the store a pay. you'll incur a fee for doing it, but thats the cost of doing business.
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There are two relatively easy ways to pay for items on-line completely safely.

Contact your bank and see if they issue "temp" for on-line purchases "shadow card numbers". They are numbers tied On The Banks End to your account but not tied there "in the cloud". You get the one time use number for that purchase, the purchase goes thru and the number is no longer valid. Many banks are doing this for no charge now.

Open another checking account you use only for on-line purchases and you transfer just enough to that account to cover on-line charges you make. If that account is ever compromised, there's no money in it to make taking it worthwhile.

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go to the store a pay. you'll incur a fee for doing it, but thats the cost of doing business.
You're right - but I never understood that whole "Here - let me pay you to take my money" thing... it's just ridiculous.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 09:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Bruce is right - for most credit cards, you can generate a temporary or virtual card number that ties to your credit card number and you can do it yourself online. You can specify both the maximum charge and the length of time the card number will be valid (30, 60, 90 days, etc). I use if for things like my AAA membership where they want to "keep my number on file" and "auto-renew" my annual membership. Well, good luck next year, AAA, with that temporary number. If I decide I want to renew, I will.

As far as paying your monthly bill in cash, well, you can, but first you have to have to make a trip to your local MetroPCS store during open hours and then, in Jacksonville, they charge you a $3 fee for paying at a store (no matter what form of payment). It would definitely not be worth it to me, because of both the inconvenience and the additional $36 a year, but everyone has to make that decision for themselves.
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All great info, thanks! I like the temp card number idea.
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