Earth Tones wireless cell phone plan may be the right plan for the environmentally conscious individual. Earth Tones has been donating 100% of their profits to environmental causes since 1993. They support groups such as Environment America, The Green Life, Recycling Action Campaign and more. This environmentally friendly group not only offers cell phone services, they also offer Internet and long distance phone services.
Since this blog is about prepaid cell phone services, we’ll only discuss their wireless plans. If you decide to dump your old plan and your old cell phone and sign up with Earth Tone Wireless, they’ll send you a mailing label for you to send in your old phone to be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally safe way.
According to their website, however, most times the phones are used for disadvantaged people in the US and or in developing countries.
Earth Tones Wireless Coverage Area
From the looks of the brown/orange-colored areas on their coverage map, it appears that they have a wide network that would satisfy most US cell phone users needs. However, before taking the map as gospel, you should call them to confirm that there is indeed coverage in your area.
Earth Tones Phone Selections
Currently, Earth Tones offers a free Motorola W-259 cell phone. The free phone is a flip phone and is a basic phone without a whole lot of bells and whistles. The one bell (or whistle) is its speakerphone ability. Aside from that, it’s a basic, functional flip phone.
In addition to the free phone, they have a few Nokia and Motorola phones. The prices range from $45-$75. The cell phones are just above basic with features such as a camera, speakerphone and Bluetooth technology. If you’re looking for a full QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen or special bells and whistles you won’t find them in the current selection of Earth Tone phones.
There is a possibility that you may not have to order a phone from them. You might be able to use your own phone with their service but before you do, call them (1-800-466-1550) or email them firstname.lastname@example.org to see if your phone is compatible with their service.
You should also be aware that there is a $40 activation fee that applies to all the new phone purchases. Therefore, your $45 phone will actually cost you $85.
Earth Tones Available Wireless Plans
After you’ve confirmed that service is available in your area and chosen a phone, the next thing to do is to determine which of the several Earth Tone plans you’d like to sign up for.
They have a basic .25 per minute plan (free long distance) and several Anywhere plans. You can call anywhere within the United States without having to worry about roaming charges. The plans are billed monthly on the 8th (the first month is pro-rated to the 8th of the month).
Here are the monthly plan options
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If you go above and beyond the allotted minutes, the charge is .25 per minute. You can add additional phones to any of the plans for the cost of $10 per month per additional phone.
Text Messaging with Earth Tone Phones
For an additional charge, you can purchase one of their text messaging packages. Text messages cost $.10 each message but if you send and receive a lot of text messages you can purchase one of the following packages:
Additional Features and Charges
Earth Tones does offer international calling for $1.99 per month plus the per minute rate applicable to the country called. Visit their website to see the per minute rate that applies to each country.
All in all, when you consider the fact that 100% of the proceeds go to help environmental causes, it’s not such a bad deal at all. The only problem that I see is that in this texting happy society, a full QWERTY keyboard is a must.