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Screwed For Cellular Service

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by puppykickr, May 15, 2021.

  1. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert
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    As some of you may be aware, I was recently screwed out of cellular service by my provider.

    If someone asks, I will rehash what that was about.

    Anyway, after being without a working cellular for a month, I decided to break down and go with a pre-pay provider that my ol'lady uses- Straight Talk.

    The advertised plan claims that for $35 you get unlimited minutes, unlimited texting, and unlimited data (5GB at high speed).

    The device was $40.
    Airtime must be purchased in order for the device to be activated.

    To make a long story shorter, I tried to get my device activated multiple times over the course of 12 hours to no avail.

    Oh, and they will not refund the cost of the airtime that I cannot use, unless I can give them a callback number to call me back later.

    This would be fine, if I had a phone that worked.
    I wouldn't be going through any of this if I had a damn phone that worked.

    So now, I have yet another Android device that is Wi-Fi only, except that I effectively paid double for this one ($39.99+ tax for the device, airtime was $39.01 after tax).

    Thank God for apps like Dingtone, otherwise I would not have any phone service at all with these things.

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!


    that sucks.....so straight talk can't do anything for you? have you gone in to a store and ask about it? what about where you bought the phone?
  3. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!

    You should look into Google Fi. They have plans that start at $20/mo and they have some budget devices that you can even pay over time by adding just a couple bucks to your monthly bill.

    It's basically$20 for unlimited talk and text and you pay for just the data you use at a rate of $10 per GB. If you use a lot of data, it might not be in the budget, but if you're mostly a WiFi user your bill stays low. I use less than a GB most every month.
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  4. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert
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    There are no stores.
    It is just a wireless service that sells phones at a drastic discount.

    After multiple tries, and then another hour on the phone (with Dingtone as my calling app) I finally got my refund.

    I cannot get a refund on the device, as it is not returnable if out of the box.

    Luckily I purchased the airtime online at the time that I attempted activation.
    Airtime cards are not refundable, so if I had done it that way I would be out the $40.

    But at any rate, no cellular for me.
    I started my Android adventure on Wi-Fi only, and right back to that I go.
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  5. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert
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    I would stop using toilet paper if the only manufacturer of toilet oaper was Google.

    I will do without.
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  6. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!

    Really makes no sense considering you're using an operating system created by Google.

    Fi is just another MVNO, exactly like straight talk and the other dozen or so.

    So again, I don't really get your point here.
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  7. ozonetrooper

    ozonetrooper Well-Known Member

    I have a friend who lives in another state and for a couple of years I reloaded her straight talk plan for her,(yes and I was paying for it), never had any issues with service or billing.

    Boost Mobile on the other hand, like the TP quote, I would do without ....
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  8. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert
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    Google sucks, and is the epitome of everything that I dislike.

    The Devil gave us the capability of knowlege between good and evil, but that doesn't mean that I would use his cellular service.
  9. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert
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    My mother uses Boost, and along with sub-par devices, they are overpriced as well.

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