I live in the NY Catskill mountains where cell service is spotty at best. Zero signal here at home but up the road a mile or so I can make a call. Even my internet has to come via satellite and only the 2 providers consider this HS. We need new cell phones but I am at a complete loss as what we should invest in. We don't text and have never been able to use our phones for anything but phone calls. They are very basic phones used in an area that has very basic service if any service at all. My thought is that a smart phone in this area would be a complete waste but I don't honestly know if a better phone will give us any advantage. Living in an area that is more in tune with turkeys it is hard to fly like an eagle and we have been in the dark ages and still are. We currently have a family plan for the two of us at $70/month that gives us 700 shared minutes of which we rarely use more than 20 minutes total between us. Wife calls me at our land line from work to let me know she is on the road where she will soon have zero signal. My question is; Should I remain with the very basic phones or step up to much better smart phones. There is no hope of better service because the town rejects every attempt to erect towers. We are not travelers so I would not buy better phones for when we go to areas that have good signal. I actually wonder why we even have cell phones given the uselessness they have here. We might be better served with a pay as we go basic plan with basic phones that might work in an emergency situation or when we get in to the local towns and villages. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.