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December 01, 2010, 05:35:09 PM
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Does anyone know of a source of prepaid phone equipment or refill minutes sold for Bitcoin?  As many of you may be aware, in most countries prepaid phones can give you the ability to have an anonymous telephone number.  Refills can be handled online through purchase of a PIN, but online transactions are not anonymous when using PayPal and credit cards.  It seems like a natural fit for Bitcoin.  One could even sell equipment with a commitment to destroy or encrypt shipping records.

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December 01, 2010, 05:49:53 PM
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True, but I was thinking more along the lines of increasing the universe of merchants offering goods and services for Bitcoin.

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December 01, 2010, 09:36:55 PM
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I've actually thought about doing just that.   Perhaps just buy them in cash at walmart and sell them online for bitcoins.  There are a couple problems: I wouldn't be able to handle much volume on account of not having much cash to throw at it and  what about mailing the things?  That kind of kills the anonymity since you need a shipping address.  Honestly it might be just as anonymous to just buy the cards and phones in cash at a store you don't usually go.
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December 01, 2010, 10:18:14 PM
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It's not always convenient to run to the store to get a refill.  I was thinking about a site something like pinzoo.com.  The PIN dispense would be instant.  Regarding mailing a phone, this is where a trusted member of the Bitcoin community would come into play.  Send the phone and then destroy all records of the physical address.

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December 01, 2010, 11:47:41 PM
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You might want to consider placing your request in the Wanted message board on BiddingPond.com:
  http://www.biddingpond.com/msgboard.php?board_id=9

Additionally, a post on the General Talk board reads:
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December 02, 2010, 04:34:51 AM
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I'm gonna look into doing this.  I can add it to my existing website maybe, or add another domain.  No guarantees when/if I'll do it, depends on how easy it is to get set up.  I would probably only sell refills and not phones. 

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