My wife bequeathed her previous smartphone to me, no service plan active.
I added the Google Voice app, making it a free wifi texting phone. I also rooted it, and use it to control home automation, and various home theater devices, to be detailed later. It can even administer this website! I love it.
But all I need when out of wifi range is an occasional/emergency cell phone to fit easily into my pocket or running belt.
I recently cast a jaundiced eye toward my two year old cell phone deal. I was on a Net10 200 minutes plan costing $17/month. I had so many minutes accumulated I could have talked continuously for days. But apparently, I didn’t have that much to say.
Tracfone offers a MOTOGO EX431G for $10. Very thin and small with a keyboard. Using their Pay As You Go plan, the cost comes to about $7/month. I kept my previous cell phone number at no charge.
Clark Howard would be proud. (Later note: but not as proud as he would be of Sir Paul’s cousin.)
From CBS Moneywatch: Living with a smartphone — and no cellular plan