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T-mobile Pay As You Go is $3/month, I'm assuming that would work, though I've never done it and have been reading reports of it being discontinued. But is there anything that doesn't have a recurring fee in the USA or works out cheaper? eBay no longer likes Google Voice.

Anyone tried any of these?
https://bestmvno.com/phone-plans/freedompop-basic-gsm/
https://bestmvno.com/phone-plans/red...al-basic-plan/
https://www.ultramobile.com/paygo/

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T-mobile pay as you go can work for phone number source
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T-mobile pay as you go can work for phone number source
Thanks, do you know how to get the $3/month plan in the USA? Their site is saying $15/month currently...?
https://prepaid.t-mobile.com/home

Side note: can anyone vouch for freedom pop's free numbers and their compatibility with eBay? It looks like they're using RedPocket Mobile as per how they bill you. I've read on here that Freedom Pop can have shady billing practices but that's easy to fix, just lock the card you use/use a prepaid visa gift card with nothing on it.

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Thanks, do you know how to get the $3/month plan in the USA? Their site is saying $15/month currently...?
https://prepaid.t-mobile.com/home
I don't know how to get the $3/month plan but perhaps others will post with more info
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is this it?
. Best pay-as-you-go


Ultra Mobile | T-Mobile network | 1 month contract | 100Mb data | $3 per month
Are you a light user? You could consider cutting it right down to the basics and opt for a pay-as-you-go SIM card. Ultra Mobile is a prepaid carrier (sister to Mint Mobile) that operates under the T-Mobile network and offers a great option for just $3 a month. For that small sum, you'll get 100MB of data, 100 texts, and 100 minutes of call time thrown in. After that, you'll be charged 3 cents for every minute of call time or MB of data usage, and 1 cent per text, making it a very cheap option for a light user. Note - Tello also operates a similarly fantastic pay-as-you-go plan.

Compare all the prepaid plan options at Ultra Mobile

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Smaller carriers (MVNOs) don't run their own networks for cellular coverage, instead opting to 'piggyback' off one of the four major carriers networks instead. This has the primary benefit of the MVNO not having to pay costly upkeep on maintaining the physical infrastructure needed for a cellular network but still enabling them to have great coverage. That saving means they can operate with much lower overheads and offer cheaper cell phone plans overall to their customers.

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$3 sounds good if you are a lite user,100 minutes per month,over that you pay 3 cents per minute.
NOT AVAILABLE IN USA.
But Tello has $3.8/month for 6 months,after that it is $5

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$3 sounds good if you are a lite user,100 minutes per month,over that you pay 3 cents per minute.
NOT AVAILABLE IN USA.
But Tello has $3.8/month for 6 months,after that it is $5
Yeah, I mean how often does ebay require an SMS if you're always using the same IP and machine? Like 6 times per year?
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Default Re: What's the cheapest phone service in USA just for eBay account use?

It is not T mobile,it is Ultra and Tello which offer cheap deal,they use Tmobile network.
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what about vumber?
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T-mobile Pay As You Go is $3/month, I'm assuming that would work, though I've never done it and have been reading reports of it being discontinued. But is there anything that doesn't have a recurring fee in the USA or works out cheaper? eBay no longer likes Google Voice.

Anyone tried any of these?
https://bestmvno.com/phone-plans/freedompop-basic-gsm/
https://bestmvno.com/phone-plans/red...al-basic-plan/
https://www.ultramobile.com/paygo/
Cheapest I have found was $10 but I stocked up on it years ago.

I'm sure if you call all the cell carriers they'll have something non recurring and good for at least 3 months after activation option.

Then you can choose to renew or not
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Tello is the cheapest I can find,$3.80 for first 6 months,after that $5
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Tello is the cheapest I can find,$3.80 for first 6 months,after that $5
Hi friend. Could you share the link of Tello? Thanks
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what about vumber?
It is possible to get a reused a number...
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