Since I need a phone for work (independent contractor, so no company phone) but never used my cell phone a lot, I'm looking for a cheap plan. All my friends seem to be paying $40/month or more, I just can't justify that much. A little background: I used less than 300 minutes a month when I had a cell phone, mostly in the 150-200 minute a month range - and for a while I didn't have a home phone (cell only). I don't foresee a ton of extra minutes for this job, they just want me to check in every day and be able to contact me (control ). The job involves a lot of local travel from Rochester to Wayne and Ontario county, which may be expanded to the southern tier as well (Livingston, Wyoming, and Allegany counties). I've had Sprint, Nextel, and Tracfone in the past. Sprint had terrible coverage when I had them. It was especially bad in Wayne county (I lived there at the time), although this was over 5 years ago. I actually had a $22/month plan with them, but when the battery went on my phone it was $70 to replace it or get another phone and another (more expensive) plan. I have a ton of issues with Nextel. Their coverage was spotty both times I had them (boss men love direct connect - overrated IMO). Then there was the phones and the prices. I never have had more problems with a phone than the Nextel Motorolas. The $32/month plan that was actually $43/month was just the salt in the wounds. I USED TO BE a big fan of Tracfone. I didn't mind paying for the year and buying the $80 cards to get ten cents a minute (worked out to $20-30/month for me). That was until I accidentally dropped my phone less than a week after putting an $80 card on it and getting told that there was no way they would get me those minutes back. Now I pretty much refuse to go back to them. I considered other prepaid plans, but most seem to charge $1/day surcharge or some other charge to connect. Net10 looked promising, but the cards expire too quick for me to use all the minutes (plus the whole Tracfone connection). So, is there a decent cell phone plan out there for $20-30/month (after ALL the fees)? Or a prepaid that is actually set up for people who aren't despirate to have a cell phone (that is to say, cheap without a catch)?