In an earlier post we discussed qualifying for the free ReachOut Wireless phones and service. This post will discuss the ReachOut wireless plan for folks who don’t qualify for free phones through the Lifeline Service but can still take advantage of the discounted rates offered through ReachOut via their Simple Plan.
The ReachOut wireless Simple Plan is a no contract, non-government assisted lifeline service. To sign up for the ReachOut Simple plan visit their website and browse though their available phone selection (no credit check required). They have a wide variety of refurbished cell phones from Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, Audivox, Nokia and Kyocera.
Simple Plan Cell Phone Selection
The cell phone features are as varied as the models. There are basic phones, flip phones, camera phones, slide out full QWERTY keyboard phones and more. The prices range from $10 to in excess of $100. There are several free phones, but those phones are for folks who qualify for the ReachOut Wireless Lifeline Plan.
All of the phones are refurbished and are covered under a 14 day unconditional warranty. Therefore, it’s important that you really check out the phone and its capabilities within the first 14 days of receiving it. Make sure it has the features you need and they all work properly. If you’re not satisfied with the phone (for any reason) you can return it within 14 days for an exchange or refund.
Keep in mind that since these are refurbished phones, supplies are limited. There is a chance that the phone you receive may differ slightly from the phone you ordered depending on supply and availability.
Simple Plan Phone Activation Fee
The ReachOut Simple Plan has a $72 service activation fee. You pay $30 of the fee at the time you purchase the phone and the remainder ($42) is deferred over the next 12 months at $3.50 per month.
Before you click the “Submit” button when purchasing your cell phone, make sure to include airtime in your purchase. Although it’s not absolutely necessary to purchase air time at the same time as purchasing the phone, it makes it easier to test the phone immediately when it arrives. Even if you only purchase the smallest unit of airtime, which is $3 for 20 minutes of time, you’ll be able to fully test the phone as soon as you get it while it’s covered under the 14 day warranty.
Purchasing Additional Airtime
You can purchase airtime online through the ReachOut Wireless site. The airtime ranges in price from $3.00 for 20 minutes up to $52.95 for 1,000 minutes. They accept major credit cards and PayPal. Or, if you wish to purchase airtime in person, go to any MoneyGram, WesternUnion or Emida location.
Research Before You Buy
The ReachOut Wireless Lifeline Service is a no brainer. If you qualify for the plan, it makes absolute sense to sign up for it; after all, it’s free. However, if you don’t qualify for the Lifeline Service, do a little more research before signing up with the ReachOut Wireless Simple Plan. Although the Simple Plan is quick and easy, it may not be the most economical prepaid plan.
You must take the time to analyze your own cell phone habits and usage before making a decision. After determining whether you’re a heavy, moderate or occasional cell phone user, you can compare the Simple Plan to a few other prepaid plans such as T-Mobile, Verizon and Platinum Tel (to name a few). Take the time to compare the plans to make sure you’re getting the most value for your dollar.
If you don’t qualify for a free phone through the ReachOut Wireless program, you might qualify for other free or discounted phone service through the LifeLine/Link Up program.