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Old 11-27-2017, 10:06 PM
 
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Do any of you have prepaid cellphones? If you do, and it isnít too personal a question, how much do you pay and which one do you have?

I do not give my cell number to parents...EVER. However, itís getting to the point that I donít even want my coworkers or P to have it. I need to set some boundaries in order to maintain my home/work balance.

My biggest concern is text messages. I rarely text coworkers as I do not want to interrupt their family time unless itís important, but they text me a lot as does my boss. I was reading that you are charged for incoming texts as well as outgoing texts so I question whether having a prepaid phone would even work. I can control how much I text, but I canít control how much they text, hence wanting a separate line. I can just see myself running out of minutes all the time because of incoming text messages.


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I have a prepaid phone from Verizon with a $40 per month plan. The plan has unlimited talk and text with some data also - not sure how much, not a lot - I don't use much data.
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My entire family has tracfone now, which is a prepaid phone plan. We all have data and use it at different rates, but none of us rely on phones for our data. We generally pay about $35 every 3 months. Sometimes one of us buys extra texts ($5) or data ($10). It definitely has changed what we pay for phone service.

I think your bigger problem is the texting from work. If my p texted me, I would change my number. We still use email and I sure hope that it stays that way. I am pretty careful not to use my phone for too much work stuff. I don't text my p. I do text a couple of coworkers, but it is more for personal stuff than for work. Every once in a while we do a work text, but not more than one or 2 back and forths. I would not have a problem telling work to take my phone number off the text loop because I pay for texts (whether I did or not). I don't want to be that accessible to anyone.
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Itís a big deal at our school. P has to be able to reach us. Kind of a double edged sword. We shouldnít have our phones out, but best not miss a text. $35/3 months sounds good. I try to keep work stuff off my phone too, and suddenly realized boss is still work stuff. Iíll have to look into tracphone.
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I actually use a prepaid as my primary phone. It's worked really well. I've not tried using a separate one for work. My teammates and principals have my phone # and it's pretty much a requirement. But I never give it to parents; I only email or use my class phone.

Anyway, as far as plans I have a lot of experience.

I used AT&T's GoPhone for awhile: it was $30/month for unlimited talk and text, but no data, group messaging, or pictures. $35/month gets you 5mb of data as well. You could also put $30 on your phone and every day you used it, it would cost you $2, but if you didn't use it, it would cost you nothing.

I now use Verizon because of coverage issues. $30/month for a flip phone (basic phone) plan. Talk, text, no data but you can send group messages and pictures. My sister has a smartphone and uses the $40/month plan and has more than enough data.


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Old 11-30-2017, 07:27 PM
 
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I have used my cell at work. I was working with a violent child and would text for help or to find out how a certain situation should be handled.

Later I spoke with a special education teacher left the district they wiped her phone - she was using it to answer school emails and the district terms of use allowed them to do that.

She told me that in some circumstances the school/courts can compel you to share the information on your phone.

I know this doesn't help you, I just wanted to make people aware of this possibility. It is hard to refuse to give out your number or refuse to communicate via text. A separate pay-as-you-go phone sounds like a good idea.
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