Get PREPAID without getting BURNED!
We like T-Mobile Prepaid Plans (read more about them here) and just purchased a pre-paid phone for emergencies. T-Mobile's customer service is phenomenal. Their best deal is to buy 1000 minutes of air-time (1 year expiration) and then roll-over any unused minutes by purchasing any denomination of minutes before the end of the year.
We spent $100 for 1000 minutes (with a one-year expiration). But what sold us on the plan was that we could roll-over any unused minutes if we purchased as little as $5 additional air time before the one year anniversary. You’ll pay a little more for the minutes you use, but you won’t have a contract or a high monthly payment.
Do your research and start saving.
If your teens have cell phones How many families have been stunned by their teen's cell phone habits and the resultant bills. We're talking shockers of over $400 in a month! Put a stop to this budget busting habit.
First, have your teen be responsible for most, if not all of their cell phone bill.
Second, if you want to help them control costs, get them a prepaid cell phone plan.
Another option is to try StraightTalk. It's a new alliance between Walmart and TracFone. $35 pre-paid gets you 1000 talk minutes, 1000 texts and 30 mb of internet. $45 gets you unlimited talk, text and internet. We're giving this a try and will let you know how it works.
Update 10.18.11 : We've been using our StraightTalk phone for 3 months now and thoroughly love it and our lower bill. We're paying $33 (tax included) for 1000 talk minutes, 1000 text messages and 30 mb of internet. Their internet access is a bit limited - you can't stream videos, but by loading the Bolt app browser, we've been able to load every page we've wanted to view. If you're looking for the most robust internet browsing package, this isn't for you, but if you want to check email, use google maps and search google for answers it works great!