I'm cheap. I don't talk a lot on cell phones when I have them. I hate the idea of paying > $30 / month for a service that I'm not going to use to the point of efficiency...
So, when AT&T offered to give me a free phone and not charge me anything but for the minutes that I used (15¢ off-peak and 19¢ during peak hours, plus applicable federal, state, and local taxes, fees, surcharges, etc. - of course), I jumped at the opportunity. I got one. I got another for my wife. The second one died, so I gave the first to my wife and got two more (so that I could use one as a battery charger). Some smart, yah? :^)
Well, fast-forward to the present. Cingular has taken over AT&T's cell phone service. They're cutting the old TDMA service off in 2007 or so and charging $5 / month for the luxury of keeping the old account open. OR we can turn in our phones for subsidized GSM phones that cost $60+ / month for the family.
So, thinking I would just use my company issued cell, I shut off mine and left the wife's on. Then we got rolled over to a new company and the old company wanted their cell back. The nerve! ;^)
So, I'm without a phone, right? Yep.
Well, they didn't ask for 'em all back, so I got one from a co-worker who had cancelled his service months ago and am going to try something another co-worker told me about: a FREE International GSM SIM card
Sure, it seems a bit steep at $1.50 for US calls and $1.75 for incoming calls, but I don't think that I'm going to accept calls. It should be good enough for emergency use and I won't have to pay for 911 service, etc...
Your mileage may vary, but if you're interested, let me know, because I can get 10% off of my charges for successful referrals. S'allright?
As Joe Bob Briggs would say: "Check it out!"
(This almost seems bloggish. Perhaps I'll do some more of this... ;^)