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10 months 1 week ago #71 by Extraterrestrial_Zoologist
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Another month+ has passed along with a handful of uses of my Truphone services that have all gone well.

It bears revealing here that calls made via GV Callback -do- use data, and since I just used that phone & re-checked what it cost for that call - it works out to around 1 1/2 cents per minute which is all data.

This is less than their 'normal' 9 cents per minute of course, and also suffices as proof that using this work-around will not likely put TruPhone broke as they ARE getting some $ for these uses.

Now that my account balance is below $10, I've done the math enough times to affirm that this will be used as my backup phone & only when my Twigby service's signal is too weak.

It is definitely quite pleasant to have as an alternative to Redpocket, and I consider it to be a full success as a replacement for that, for my own very occasional needs.
(Which are even lower lately given the ongoing worldly situation.)

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10 months 1 week ago #72 by KentE
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$0.015/minute is definitely reaching my 'gold standard' goal for cost-- especially when paired with no minimum monthly usage requirement. I appreciate that you've also considered the importance of Truphone generating some income from this approach.

Thanks for the detailed cost update!
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7 months 4 days ago #73 by KentE
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I saw a report that TruPhone isn't accepting US orders for their physical SIM cards right now-- and starting an order seems to confirm it. I don't have any idea if it's just a short-term issue.
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7 months 4 days ago #74 by Isamorph
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KentE wrote: I saw a report that TruPhone isn't accepting US orders for their physical SIM cards right now-- and starting an order seems to confirm it. I don't have any idea if it's just a short-term issue.


Could be bad. Truphone has been a trustworthy and money saving plus for me for a handful of years now, and I would hate to see the sim deal end, especially for existing customers. But I can see that Truphone couldn't have been making a profit from people like me, so whatever will be will be.
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7 months 3 days ago #75 by Extraterrestrial_Zoologist
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I can easily see why TruPhone would tighten things up if there are many customers like myself & Isamorph...
My TruPhone account has hardly been used since I got done testing it.
That is mainly because on the few times I've gone anyplace in all the recent months, there has been enough signal for my Twigby phone to be used, as needed.

I did get Redpocket for my partner as she uses her phone almost daily.
She is just the opposite of me & leaves her Twigby phone just sitting on her desk here, mostly.
(This is clearly because she has become so attached to the Moto phone that was gifted so generously to us.)

Due to there being such low usage - I even shut off the (little) data on both Twigby lines to save a few $/month.

Now that the merger thing has happened & what with Twigby being a Sprint MVNO, I hope it just continues on as it has been - but as with so much during this time of extreme instabilities, one cannot be too shocked by things changing out of the blue with little, or no warnings.
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7 months 3 days ago #76 by mmfacemm
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KentE wrote: I saw a report that TruPhone isn't accepting US orders for their physical SIM cards right now-- and starting an order seems to confirm it. I don't have any idea if it's just a short-term issue.


Thanks KentE. Will make sure I make a call on mine in case they do a purge.
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7 months 2 days ago - 7 months 2 days ago #77 by Isamorph
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Just noticed Truphone appears to be selling the prepaid sim in the USA again. When I clicked on "buy sim" the purchase page came up.
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7 months 2 days ago #78 by Frasier1
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I didn't know they ever stopped. I bought one several months ago and it works great. Even found a way to get outgoing calls for 1 cent a min (instead of Truphones rate of 9 cents a min) without requiring any data! Of course all incoming calls and texts are already free.

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7 months 2 days ago - 7 months 5 days ago #79 by Isamorph
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Frasier1 wrote: I didn't know they ever stopped. I bought one several months ago and it works great. Even found a way to get outgoing calls for 1 cent a min (instead of Truphones rate of 9 cents a min) without requiring any data! Of course all incoming calls and texts are already free.


Scroll up this page to see where Truphone wasn't selling the sims in the USA a few days ago. Care to divulge your 1 cent aminute method---E_Z has mentioned in this thread his call back method that, while using data, costs close to 1 1/2 cent a minute during calls.

www.nthcircle.com/forum/other-services/69-truphone?start=70#47219

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7 months 2 days ago #80 by Frasier1
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Yes, my method uses NO data and only cost 1 cent per min for outgoing calls. Here is how it works, I created a free account at www.localphone.com and then added 1 dollar to the balance. They have a call back feature where you call their special number and you get a message that says "please hang up and we will call you right back" They don't actually answer the call so you don't get charged for calling them. You hear that message instead of ringing, that's why you don't get charged. Then when the call you back (which is free) it says "please enter the number you wish to call. You enter the number and then it connects you. The fee is 1/2 cent per min for calling you and 1/2 cent per min for the number you called. So the total cost is 1 cent for each min you talk and it's subtracted from your 1 dollar prepaid balance at LocalPhone. I've done it many times and it uses no data whatsoever.
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