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Old 09-01-2020, 09:48 PM
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Red face TDCJ: Best way to set up a phone with not much money?

Can someone help me figure best way to set up a phone with not much money? I heard family mobile could work but isnt it prepaid? I would really like easiest best advice cause I don't really have much money and can't ask for any help because my family wouldn't approve .. I would really appreciate it please and thank you!
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Prepaid would most likely be the better option. If you already have a device, you can get a sim card and a plan to for your budget through a company like TracFone.
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Can someone help me figure best way to set up a phone with not much money? I heard family mobile could work but isnt it prepaid? I would really like easiest best advice cause I don't really have much money and can't ask for any help because my family wouldn't approve .. I would really appreciate it please and thank you!
You can get a phone through a government agency if you qualify for it it takes a little time but it's better than nothing what ever state you live in they help with phones
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Thanks for responding guys so much!!! I really appreciate it and feel so alone at times, so thank you!
He is in a Texas state prison and it says no prepaid phone or government phone....besides the mainstream phone companies which ones are you all using? You need to send copy of a phone bill right? So how could a prepaid phone work?
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I moved your thread to the Texas subforum for phones so you will get more accurate responses.
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I moved your thread to the Texas subforum for phones so you will get more accurate responses.
Thank you I'm new and using a cheap phone w a broken screen so it's hard to navigate lol would appreciate all the help I can get...i heard family mobile is best so I need a credit card? Can I use a prepaid card? I need advice step by step, I'm lucky my dad has always paid for my phones but he doesn't approve being that he works at a prison himself, so he isn't supporting me having anything to do w my lboyfriend so I had to go on my own so would appreciate any step by step phone set up advice....

How did you all start ?
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You can get any cheap phone. It can be prepaid or post paid. Trac phone, a flip phone or smartphone, whatever it doesn't matter. Check Boost they have some cheap plans right now, like $25. Also ck Family Mobile, Cricket and Consumer Cellular are also good if you want an inexpensive phone and inexpensive plan. Once you have that setup call Texas Friends & Family to get your phone registered. You will need an account with Securus Tech also.
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My husband is in texas. Smith unit and I was able to use my straight talk phone. Them approving the no contract phones only happened a few months ago on the registration page on tdcj website explains how to set it up
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My BF is in Texas...do you have a link for the site that offers the explanation?
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