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Mobile 2 Go opens in Culpeper
Tired of those long-term cellphone contracts? Tired of waiting two years before you get an upgrade on your phone?
Bob Davis thinks he has the answer.
At his new Mobile 2 Go business in Culpeper’s Meadowbrook Shopping Center, Davis will sell you a phone and allow you to purchase prepaid calling time—with no contract.
“You don’t have to worry about losing your job and running out of money,” Davis says. “The phone is yours and you only pay for the service you need.”
No, you won’t get a new phone for $1, but Davis insists that you will make up for the cost of the mobile device with cheaper prices for service, as much as $50 per month below family contract prices with some major carriers.
Davis sells service through Net 10 Wireless and TracFone Wireless. Both work off AT&T, Davis said.
At Mobile 2 Go, you can buy as few as 200 minutes per month (for $15), but Davis admits that he sells few of these plans.
“Unlimited [phone, text and Internet] is what we sell the most of,” says Davis.
Plans start as low as $50 a month, $65 for unlimited service to Mexico and Latin America.
Davis, who has spent the past 20 years in the cellular phone business, says that the United States is unique in contract purchases.
“Ninety-five per cent of Europeans buy pre-paid service,” he says.
As a franchise holder of Net 10 and Trac Phone, Davis is his own boss.
“Net 10 and Trac don’t own their own stores,” he says. “I’m an independent dealer. I’m under nobody. All I have to do to stay in business is to treat customers right and be honest.”
Mobile 2 Go offers a variety of different phone brands, including Motorola, Blackberry, Samsung and the Apple iPhone. With stored information being transferred to new SIM (software) cards, those phones can be used with any carrier’s service except Sprint and Verizon, which don’t use SIM cards.
Davis says you can buy your new phone from Mobile 2 Go and still keep your present service if you like.
He adds that he buys direct from manufacturers in China. All list at competitive prices.
Mobile 2 Go, which opened Sept. 13, now offers repair service only one day a week, Thursday, when Bob’s son Scott, who also has 10 years in the cell business—is at the store.
“Our goal, of course, is to provide repair service every day of the week, but that is a few months down the road,” he says.
Davis was born in Hickory, N.C., grew up in Maryland and moved to California briefly before coming to Virginia.
He has lived in Bealeton in southern Fauquier County for the past 32 years.