Cellcom is the largest regional prepaid cellphone service provider in the Upper Mid-west, covering areas around Wisconsin from their De Pere head offices. Originally founded in 1987, Cellcom is now a subsidiary of the corporate telecommunications solutions company Nsight, and the prepaid cellphone options available under the Cellcom myChoice program offer subscribers a wide variety of prepaid cellphone options – all of which come with free nationwide calling, voicemail, caller ID, 3-way calling and call waiting.
Pros of Cellcom myChoice
· Excellent online account management system.
· A good selection of prepaid cellphone options.
· Cheap talk rates available between Cellcom cellphones.
Cons of Cellcom myChoice
· Activation Charge of $25.00.
· Roaming minutes have to be prepaid monthly.
· No fully comprehensive unlimited plan available.
Cellcom myChoice Pay-as-you-go option
The pay-as-you-go prepaid option with Cellcom myChoice requires subscribers to replenish their accounts with at least $15.00 each month to keep the account active. Thereafter, subscribers can refill their balances whenever required with calls charged at $0.15/minute. Sending text messages attracts a charge of $0.15/message although it is only $0.05/message to receive them. Picture and media messaging is also provided at a cost of $0.25/message (sent or received) plus a data transfer charge of $0.02/Kb. Subscribers who use their cellphones for a high volume of text messages can take advantage of an add-on bundle which costs $15.00/month for unlimited text messaging. Cellcom myChoice also offers subscribers the option of paying $100.00 per year instead of maintaining a minimum $15.00/month replenishment, allowing them to refill their accounts whenever necessary.
Cellcom myChoice Prepaid Monthly Plans
The monthly prepaid plans offered by Cellcom myChoice are staged to give more frequent cellphone users better value for money. The minimum plan costs $39.95/month and includes 400 “anytime” minutes, plus 2000 night and weekend minutes (nights start at 9.00pm) with text messages charged as per the pay-as-you-go option and additional airtime charged at $0.20/minute. Subscribers to this plan have the option of paying $54.90/month to include unlimited text messaging.
The second monthly prepaid option offers subscribers to the Cellcom myChoice prepaid cellphone plan 700 “anytime” minutes plus unlimited night and weekend minutes for $59.95/month with the possibility to add the unlimited text messaging facility for a total payment of $74.90/month and additional airtime charged at $0.20/minute. Although this package may be a little more expensive than some other providers, there is also the option to add an unlimited cellcom-to-cellcom multiple-user walkie talkie facility for $9.95/month.
Cellcom myChoice subscribers also have a pay-as-you-go web browsing facility. This is charged at $0.02/Kb and monthly bundles can be purchased at rates from $9.95/month depending on whether the device used is a standard cellphone, enhanced device ($19.95/month) or advanced/Blackberry ($29.95/month). An international call and text service is also available. Charges for talk time will depend on the country, but overseas text messages are sent at $0.25/message and received at $0.20/message.
As well as supplying an excellent range of cellphones from which subscribers can choose, Cellcom myChoice offer bundles of roaming minutes for customers who frequently leave the area. Each bundle costs $9.95 per 100 minutes and has an expiry period of 31 days, however, as with the minutes available under the monthly prepaid plans, unused roaming minutes are carried over if the service is renewed for the following month. 411 Directory Assistance is available at $1.50/enquiry plus airtime, and subscribers can check their remaining balance from their cellphones or online. It is the online management facility offered by Cellcom myChoice which really shows the advanced features offered by the company. Being able to make enquiries and purchase more airtime, accessories and phones is nothing new in prepaid cellphone management, however the “mycellcom” facility is easy to understand and simple to operate. Support is also offered by toll-free number and email.
Prepaid Cell Phones.net Rating: Cellcom myChoice has several factors in its favour provided you live or work close to Wisconsin. Although the rates are a little more expensive than some providers, Cellcom maintain their own wireless towers and provide an excellent service throughout the area, delivering quality sound and fast data transmission for subscribers. The cellphone user who does a lot of travelling will not be thrilled with the cost of the roaming minutes in addition to the cost of standard airtime, however for individuals or families who choose to join the service and can take advantage of the cellcom-to-cellcom facility, the result is virtually an unlimited talk service for under $50.00.