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    When you travel around the world, you notice that cell carriers have free incoming calls. Why is it different in the US??

    Should the US gov get involved like they did to the credit card companies? Yes I know gov involvement and GOP members.... but US consumers are always short changed on everything....

    Thank God for companies like Metro PC and boost but they don't offer much in phone selection and they are CDMA.

    Your thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shalero View Post
    When you travel around the world, you notice that cell carriers have free incoming calls. Why is it different in the US??
    What cell carriers have free incoming calls?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shalero View Post
    When you travel around the world, you notice that cell carriers have free incoming calls. Why is it different in the US??

    Should the US gov get involved like they did to the credit card companies? Yes I know gov involvement and GOP members.... but US consumers are always short changed on everything....

    Thank God for companies like Metro PC and boost but they don't offer much in phone selection and they are CDMA.

    Your thoughts.
    I think you're paying for them, whether you know that you are, or not. Each call has a cost, after all. It's not "free". They pick up the difference somewhere, be assured, somewhere in your plan. Either in the monthly maintenance fee, a surcharge on outgoing, somewhere. It's like companies that advertise "free shipping". It's not free, there's a cost that the company has to pay, and the customer gets the final bill, to be certain.
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    Sprint actually has incoming calls free (as in not deducted from your minutes) for $5 a month.
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    Is it just me?
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    in some countries you can use the phones for up to 90 days without paying a dime and still get incoming calls.

    anyways i settled on the 3G S. I will pay the $175 fee to break the contract and unlock the phone to tmobile. They seems to have the most minutes for the cheapest price. Just can see moving to sprint for the pre. I am sure it is a the OS is greate but the keyboard is unusable to me and it seems smaller than I thought or they make it appear larger.

    Different strokes for different folks. i just find the iphone more appealing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vkitty View Post
    What cell carriers have free incoming calls?
    Pretty much any non US GSM provider...

    The 'airtime' model seems to be unique to the US.

    My wife has a prepaid GSM and she would only need to top it up every quarter or so in order for it to stay active... and if she would make no calls she would spend 0 ....

    But on the other hand outside the US you can tell is a number is a cellphone (starts with 07 in UK, 06 in Netherlands) and traditionally if you would call a cellphone you would pay more (though that is changing too nowadays)..

    so I guess at the end of the day somebody still has to pay.. just not you receiving the call

    Also some plans allow you to ring friends/family/colleagues for free if they share the plan, but I'm sure there are similar plans in the US..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhoff80 View Post
    Sprint actually has incoming calls free (as in not deducted from your minutes) for $5 a month.
    That might not be a bad option ... have to look and see incoming vs outgoing call volume during peak periods.
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    I had a "free incoming" plan on my old Nextel, all incoming calls were free but I only had 300 minutes for the month, so the trade off was nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhoff80 View Post
    Sprint actually has incoming calls free (as in not deducted from your minutes) for $5 a month.
    Im not able to get this option from them, do you know if it's still offered?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wprater View Post
    Im not able to get this option from them, do you know if it's still offered?
    Unfortunately I don't know for sure, you might want to check something like SprintGurus.com which has a ton of hints like that.

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