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3 months 3 weeks ago #42247 by ferocious-onyx-glossy-iguana-210905
1st ill start with the general question. which mvno has a free plan? and when i say free i mean free 100% no fees. ive looked but there are so many mvno out there that im getting lost.

now the backstory. i am back helping at the domestic abuse shelter and theyve run into the issue again where the "obama phone" cant be activated because too many have used the shelters address so the govt has blocked all new residents from getting a phone. many of the residents are short term 6-8 months. theyve run into this problem a few times. they do keep checking as many of the previous residents dont renew their service as their situation has changed. however many current residents have had to give up phone service because it lead to danger, they couldnt afford it, or was cut off by the partner. and yet many need the service for jobs for their childrens school and to keep in touch with their caseworkers.

in the past this is how i would help.
- gather phones from the community friends churches the shelter itself . many used. some 4g capable many just basic flips/sliders/ older tech
-clear all old data off
- clear them with a byod look up tool
- register a throw away email
-use ring+ for their free plan
- set up phone including passcode and voicemail
- log all phone info including new phone number , passcode, voicemail pw , email, alotted mins/text/data so forth then rubber band that info page to the phone
-repeat on the next phone
when i had all of them completed or enough completed i turn them into the shelter to distribute. once dropped at the shelter i wash my hands of it completely and its the responsibility of the receiver to keep safe/charge/use/fix the phone.

in my perfect paradise this is what im looking for: a mvno who has a free plan ( allotted mins/text/data is fine) every month with a very lax degree of making the user check their account. in my perfect world id wish for the recipient of the phone to check their account but realistically i know this isnt going to happen all the time. data isnt a top priority its more the texting/call features.

i have limited use with the 4g/smart phones as they are the most popular people hang onto most of the phones used for this are the older tech.
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3 months 3 weeks ago #42249 by Zubrin
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I can not imagine that recipients of your phones will swipe ads for credit to keep their phone services alive, and they will not remember to click "renewal" button every month to keep FreeUp plan alive. The only thing I can think of is getting a TextNow account for everyone with a smart phone and have good WiFi coverage at the shelter. They can have unlimited calls and texts and access Internet when they are at the shelter.
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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #42254 by mmfacemm
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Yes you are not going to find a free service that doesn't require you to jump through hoops. Freeup is as good as it gets and requires a monthly check in. Some users report that theirs auto renew but I doubt you want to take that chance with vulnerable people. Zubrin's idea is the only kind of free plan that could work. They can also hop onto wifi at the library and places like that for free as well.

If you can afford it or can get enough donations then something like this is a good buy and wash you hands with it bundle:
www.ebay.com/itm/283552671927
I don't know the volume of phones you need though so it could get expensive quickly.
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3 months 3 weeks ago #42256 by KentE
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What a lovely project! I wish I had a workable suggestion.

Do I recall that the basic (free) Text Now plan has a habit of randomly changing the phone number?
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3 months 3 weeks ago #42260 by Extraterrestrial_Zoologist
TN is loads less than stable & dependable based upon my uses of it & does tend to quit & make changes sort of randomly - but it IS free and works well enough with decent wifi as has been mentioned here already as long as one is willing to goof around with it a bit.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #42265 by mmfacemm
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KentE wrote: What a lovely project! I wish I had a workable suggestion.

Do I recall that the basic (free) Text Now plan has a habit of randomly changing the phone number?


Yes they do expire quickly without use. A google voice number should work. Just set up with a new gmail.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #42267 by johnsmith
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mmfacemm wrote:

KentE wrote: What a lovely project! I wish I had a workable suggestion.

Do I recall that the basic (free) Text Now plan has a habit of randomly changing the phone number?


Yes they do expire quickly without use. A google voice number should work. Just set up with a new gmail.

To complete setup and start using Google Voice, you need to verify your existing phone number
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3 months 3 weeks ago #42270 by mmfacemm
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johnsmith wrote:

mmfacemm wrote:

KentE wrote: What a lovely project! I wish I had a workable suggestion.

Do I recall that the basic (free) Text Now plan has a habit of randomly changing the phone number?


Yes they do expire quickly without use. A google voice number should work. Just set up with a new gmail.

To complete setup and start using Google Voice, you need to verify your existing phone number


oh yes forgot about that.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #42271 by realLexusl21
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mmfacemm wrote:

johnsmith wrote:

mmfacemm wrote:

KentE wrote: What a lovely project! I wish I had a workable suggestion.

Do I recall that the basic (free) Text Now plan has a habit of randomly changing the phone number?


Yes they do expire quickly without use. A google voice number should work. Just set up with a new gmail.

To complete setup and start using Google Voice, you need to verify your existing phone number


oh yes forgot about that.


Yes TextNow much easier

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3 months 3 weeks ago #42272 by Mark
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Text now you lose your number if you don't call or text every 20 days or so. They will give you a 4 day warning. After 4 days you can choose another number. Other that that it works great as a wifi phone.

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