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# Cheap phone deal

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Here's how to get a nice cell phone and a year's worth of minutes for a little over $100. Step 1: Go to Target. They're selling T-mobile prepaid cards for 10% off. Get the$100 card for $90. It's important to get the$100 card, because T-mobile has a deal where if you buy a $100 card, you get a 15% minute bonus and your minutes don't expire for a year (as opposed to 45 days with cheaper cards). Step 2: On your way out of Target, pick up this week's sale flyer. In it is an ad for a Nokia 6010 phone for$35.

Step 3: Take the flyer to Staples and buy the 6010 phone there. Staples is selling it for $80 with a$30 rebate, but you'll be able to price-match the phone with the Target flyer, so you'll get the phone for $35. Don't just print out the flyer from target.com, as the Staples folks will cross their eyes at you. If you've got a bona-fide flyer, they'll take it. Step 4: Activate the phone and apply the phone card. You've now got a quite-nice color phone and 1150 minutes that you can spend over the course of a year for$90 (minutes) + $35 (phone) -$30 (rebate) + tax.

If you just want a cheap unlocked GSM phone, you can just get the phone and go here to unlock the phone so that it'll work with any carrier. Tell the form that you've got a Nokia 3510 with ASIC 6 circuitry, and it'll give you a code that'll unlock the phone. It did for me.

Oh, and if you want a car-charger for your new phone, DO NOT buy it from a cell-phone store. They'll charge you ten bucks for one. Nokia phones all use the same charger, and it's a good bet that your local 99-cent store sells 'em. The one near my house had plenty.

How do you manage to come up with this stuff?

You should give lessons.

I'll give 'em in exchange for the coupons I left in your car.

There's two $1.00 off Orbitz/Eclipse/whatever gum coupons in there. Target's selling that stuff for$1.05. I need me some chewin' gum!

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