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changing cell phone companies

March 10th, 2009 at 01:14 pm

We just got a flyer in the mail offering to switch to Nex-Tech Wireless. They are affiliated with Sprint, but are the more "rural" option. They offered 2 lines for $49.99 (plus taxes and fees, of course), 3000 minutes and 1000 text messages a month, and "nights and weekends" starting at 6:00 p.m. They are also going to pay us $200 per phone that we switch so we can cancel our current phones.

Currently, we are paying $59.99 for one phone, $9.99 for an additional phone, and $5.99 for unlimited text messages, so $75.97 plus taxes and fees.

Also, other people around here LOVE the Nex-Tech coverage...it follows you through hill and dale, over the river and through the woods...ok, no woods here, but anyway, people are happy about the coverage. Alltel can be, um, spotty.

So, next time we go to Russell, we'll be switching. Saving $25 a month and getting better coverage! Yeah!


Well, I figured out what to spend the rest of the refund on: farm stuff. What else, right? We got distillers grain for the cows (about $1300) and we are going to buy enough mineral to last all summer and fall (another $1200-$1300). DH also wants to buy another water pump for the well because the one we are using is his dad's and we need to give it back to him. We also need a head gate so we can work our cows and also help them give birth if they need it right there instead of having to load them up and take them to the neighbor. The head gate might be like $1000 (we are looking at one a neighbor has, and we don't know how proud he is of it yet) and the water pump would be $500-$600? It is so never ending.


Got the bulls tested yesterday to make sure their semen is good. They will go out to cows in May, so it is a little early, but the vet had a special where they test them, treat them for lice and flies, and vaccinate them, all for $35 a piece. They called it Bull-O-Rama and they had seed stock sellers with booths there, and provided lunch. A yummy green bean and dumpling soup in bread bowls. So good, I had two bowls! We took 5 bulls in (4 of ours and one for a neighbor). They were all good, ready to breed this summer. You may be wondering how they get the semen? Well, maybe you aren't wondering. If you want to know, highlight the next portion. They put a probe into their rectum and it has a slight electric buzz to it, which apparently, the bulls like, because it makes them ejaculate. The vet has a cup on the end of a pvc pipe that he put a plastic sleeve in (it looks like a condom) and he catches the ejaculate. He then puts it under a microscope to see if there is sperm moving.


Having to send back some ear tags...we ordered them online and we wanted the calf tags. We ordered medium, but those are for sheep and pigs, not calves. We opened one package, and they wont' take those back, but we can return 3 others and trade them for the larges. Plus another $3 a piece. But at least we don't have to eat them! Have to get that to the post office today.

9 Responses to “changing cell phone companies”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    That sounds like a great cell plan. I do love hearing of your farm adventures...we just don't do the things you do here in the city.

  2. smiley2009 Says:

    I love T-mobile's customer service I had sprint and nextel years ago but there service was very lousy. Sounds like a great deal

  3. cptacek Says:

    Thanks, creditcardfree! I sometimes don't know if people want the gory details, but then I figure, it's my blog, so if you don't want to read it, don't Smile

  4. smiley2009 Says:

    Your absolutely correct and any comments in which you do not like on YOUR BLOG you have every right to delete them. (Smile)

  5. lizajane Says:

    So, do you ever wonder who the first person to discover HOW to collect the semen was? Or, more correctly, what were they thinking?!?!

  6. cptacek Says:

    roflmao!!! No, honestly, I have never thought that! Makes you wonder...

  7. smiley2009 Says:


  8. North Georgia Gal Says:

    That is hilarious! Sure glad I don't have to collect the semen!

    Be careful on the cellphone...if you(or your kids) do a lot of texting, you will be hit hard. And it adds up fast!

  9. cptacek Says:

    NGG, no kids, and we don't text much anymore. I had the unlimited text package before because I got more than 40 pages from work a month (before the layoff), and 40 was the break point between paying by the text and getting unlimited. We for sure won't use 1000.

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