A few months ago we eliminated my cell phone entirely, which left Jack's (which we both use) and the home land line. We shopped for good deals for those and got what we thought were the best.
Jack's costs us about $50/month...that's the cell phone. Since we only need it for emergencies, but determined that we do NEED it what with the lengthy commute and long distances on interstate without many exits (thinking car trouble, etc), that $50 got re-examined recently.
I found a great deal on a Tracphone where basically we'll save $500/year, which includes the monthly fee, double 800 minutes, and double minutes every time we want to reload additional minutes...good for the life of the phone. Since we're paying for a year up front, it will be 12 months till we have to reactivate it, and we sign no contract. Tracphone has more customers than AT&T and Verizon combined and uses their towers for reception...so...what's not to love? For a year's use it cost us what two and a half months of what Jack's cell phone now costs. To replace his phone (which is worn out) would have cost us $200 for the most basic no-frills one from Verizon, not to mention the monthly cost. We just won't sign contracts for cell phone usage (our personal policy).
So we're pretty happy! Shipping is free, includes the actual phone and charger, and we can transfer his old number over to the new phone. If we don't like the phone, we have 30 days to return it for a full refund.
YAY!! $500 bucks saved for this upcoming year...yay again!