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Since I have access to a regular phone all day at work, I only needed a cell phone for emergencies. I priced around for those pay-as-you-go plans & so far, the cheapest & best plan I found was by Virgin Mobile. I bought my phone from Target (I'm sure Walmart sells them, too) & activated my phone online where I got an even better phone plan. I estimate I pay a little over $5/month for this phone plan, plus I get to use the minutes I've paid for if I need them. I believe if you sign up online & have your credit card automatically debited every 3 months, you get the best deal. Go to: www.virginmobileusa.com
I have seen the Judge_________ (Judy, Joe Brown, etc) where the cases involve cell phones and those outrageous bills. This was the reason why I delayed getting one of my own for so long. Finally, a few months ago, I got a TracFone. You buy your own minutes (ranging in price from $20 to $129) and you have 60 days to add more minutes (for the lower prices) or one year (for the $129). No 'surprises'. Sometimes you get good online incentives, too. I carry mine with me because I have two autistic kids, and I travel with them to various appointments four days a week. If I were to break down, I want a way to call out for help. I do NOT, however, talk on my phone while I am driving. For those who don't talk a lot, or don't have a lot of money, this is a good solution. Also, you will never get a nasty little surprise in the form of a big bill.
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