Cingular Reduced Rate Suspend
Since I am leaving the country for an extended assignment, I wanted to see what I could do reduce my US cell phone expenses. My top priority is to keep my phone number, but I have little use for a US cell phone since I will be spending most of my time overseas for the next 7-12 months. I was thinking I would transfer my number to a prepaid plan like Virgin Mobile or Tracphone that should cost me ~$10/mo.
However, I called Cingular to see what they could do. It turns out they offer a reduced rate suspend service. It cost $9/month and suspends your service. It keeps your number
with no voicemail and last for up to 6 months. Once you make a call on your phone the suspend service is lifted and your phone plan resumes. Apparently you are only allowed to use this service once in a 12 month period.
This options sounds ideal for me except for 1 issue -- I will be back in the US a couple times during my assignment so I can't use the phone and keep it in suspend. Since according to the customer service representative you can only use the voluntary suspend service once, I would be better off waiting till after our wedding and using the suspend for the remainder of my assignment.
Guess I will eat my unused cell phone bills for the next 4 months till we get through the wedding.
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