A number of years ago, my husband had a cell phone provided by his job. When I decided that I needed a cell phone too, I looked for the cheapest option. What I found was a TracFone. I used it for several years and it met my needs inexpensively and well. I mainly needed it to keep in touch with my kids when they were home alone or away at their various activities.
Our current cell phone plan has gotten so expensive that its' probably time to start looking at other options. TracFone is still around and is the least expensive way to own a phone in the US. Although my first phone was very simple, now TracFones come with So many features. Simple phones for calling and texting are available for under $10. Phones packed with features like cameras, keyboards, and web access are only $29.99! Tracfone provides great nationwide coverage and excellent reception. And international calling to 60 countries is included at no extra charge! With a husband who lives in Korea, I know how valuable that feature is. Real TracFone customers can choose "pay as you go" online plans, prepaid cards, or one-year service cards that include double minutes.