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Thread: Need advice on owning a 2nd cell phone

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    Need advice on owning a 2nd cell phone

    So, I recently switched phones & picked up the new Google Nexus, and maintained my same cell number. I still kept my old cell, but I obviously cannot use the old one anymore, because my provider unregistered the SIM card.

    I have never used 2 cell phones simultaneously.

    I was thinking that it's finally time to have one phone for regular usage (friends, family), and another one strictly for my hobby.

    I will use my new Nexus for my non-hobby related stuff, and would like to use my old phone, which is still in very good condition, as my "Walt White" phone… lol

    How do I do it and keep costs to a bare minimum? I really only need it for texting and calling; no internet required.
    I would obviously need a new phone number….but I really have NO CLUE on how to do it.

    I want to get as much 411 as possible before calling my provider. Should I go with the same provider or try a new one, like Videotron…who has been trying to convince me to do a "package" with them, where I would have my cable, my internet, my home line and a cell line, altogether, for a good price...

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    a.k.a. NewestGuy
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    A couple thoughts come to mind. First, tying it to your other services with videotron could cause you problems in terms of someone seeing your bill and wondering why you have a cell with 2 companies. Same would apply to any where you get a bill though I guess.

    Best bet, go with a "pay as you go" service. Minutes do expire but the length that they last varies based on how much you purchase at once, so just figure out what's best for you in terms of usage/expiry.

    Also your old phone, if you got it through your current provider, you're probably stuck with a locked phone (meaning it won't work on other carriers' networks). You can pay to have it unlocked, but you're probably best just going with whatever pay as you go service is offered by the same provider. Beyond keeping costs down, the best part is that there are no bills or mail sent to you so no drama.
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    Rudolph,

    Thx for your quick reply.

    Yes, my old phone and new phone are with the same provider. So, you're probably correct in that my old phone is probably locked.

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    Welcome to the dark side and having 2 phones. Try this, look into adding a line to your current plan or changing your current plan to a family plan and limit the use of the new phone. The family plan is the way I do it.

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    a.k.a. NewestGuy
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    No worries. Whichever provider you're with you can just go to their site, they all publish their pay as you go rates. They'll probably charge you a small fee to activate your own device rather than buying a new one for the new line but shouldn't be a huge amount.

    In another thread somewhere on here Lily was asking about something similar. Apparently there are apps for smartphones where you can get a second phone number and use it just for this stuff. I'm not familiar so I can't speak too much about it but I'm sure a search here could yield something or some googling.
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    Try this, the Burner App. http://burnerapp.com

    As Rudolph said, you can pay to have a secondary number on your smartphone and don't need to have the physical second phone. Then you won't have "Skylar" finding your Walter White phone.

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    just get an app like dell, google voice, textplus. it's free, calls are decent, you can text and did i say free?

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    No need for 2 phones I believe, I'm using the Fongo app found on the Google store. It's there when I. Need it. Calls are free and u can pay a membership for txt for a month or more. Like a previous post, the Burner app is good too but I like the free calling with Fongo.

    Being techy saves lost of money for hobbyist like us, my friend. Lol

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    I have 2 cellphones, one is my iPhone, and the other is a AT&T Go Phone, which I use strictly for all hobby related activities. The Go Phone is pay as you go, i.e., you put money in it and it is good for 90 days, and if you put a little in it will replenish the funds for another 90 days if you do not use your phone for 90 days. It can be used in USA or Canada at the same rates for texting, but the call rate is cheaper in the USA (.10/minute) than in Canada (.39/minute).

    It cost me all of $15. No SIM card is necessary, you just put money on the phone and you are off to the races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byton View Post
    Being techy saves lost of money for hobbyist like us, my friend. Lol
    yep. and the apps are password protected so really, no need for a 2nd phone

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    I didn't read all the posts but if an SP needs to see your number and you don't want to give them your regular number then the online methods won't really work. If you want to get your phone to work, assuming that it's locked to the provider you had it on before, you just go there and they'll sell you another sim card with either a new plan or whatever cheap options they have.

    Edit: I guess I'm wrong.

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    @mtlnewbie, the apps do give you a valid number as well as whatever name you want to use

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    Been using FONGO on my phone with 2 different emails so 2 different local numbers for over 2 years now and it works like a charm. No need for a 2nd phone. And its completely free to make local calls. Once you have FONGO set up, all you do is be logged in and you can send and receive calls with your new appointed number. When you dont want to use it, just log off. Its really a lot more practical than a 2nd phone. If you want to use the app to send text messages, there's a small fee though. I think 1.99$ a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themonk83 View Post
    just get an app like dell, google voice, textplus. it's free, calls are decent, you can text and did i say free?
    I would say that the trick is good but you may not receive a response. Most agencies require a valid phone number to make an appointment. That's why we do not take calls from google phone, skype or unknown numbers, we simply don't hang up. For textPlus textnow and others, the numbers used are rarely new and could already be banned. If you want a cheap solution, get a prepaid phone and pay 20$ every 3 months.

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    i tried buying a prepaid phone at best buy, but you have to set it up on line and give your personal info, so it was a no go. Is there a way to get a pre-paid phone that is not tied to a personal identification?

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