We would like to share an account: husband, wife, and our college-age son living at home. My wife and I would be making most of our calls between us; in addition we'd be making several calls -short ones-to my mother who also lives In Brooklyn. I'm sure my son would be using the majority of the minutes allowed. We vacation 3-4 times per year in the USA and would like the ability to keep in touch with my son and mom while we're away. The local papers are FLOODED with ads that are obviously too good to be true. Is there an activation fee for each phone? Is it possible to get free phones? If so, are they of decent quality? Is it better to buy directly from a provider or is it equally ok to buy from an "authorized" dealer? Many questions!! Your help to these cell-phone novices would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.