It won't let me search for the old thread. Here we are again, almost August and I am going to have to pay $100 for 400 prepaid minutes at 25/minute that I don't even use to keep the cell phone active. I have used a grand total of 44 minutes ($11) in the past two years. It appears that even Tracfone has to have minutes added to it and the cheapest is $9.99/month (which is more than $100/year). I realize that practically every person over 10 years old and their uncle's dog have to be connected to technology 24/7, and can't stand in line or drive anywhere without a phone in their hands. I don't. I just need a cell phone for emergencies (like insurance?). I know the minute I give it up, I'll need it. I don't need it when I am in the house because I have a regular phone. (I've actually used the cell phone from the bedroom to check to see if my new answering machine in the family room worked.) And I'm not going to use it when I am driving or in a store. That's what the home answering machine is for. I looked into the free government cell phones. Now that I have the extended Medicaid, I am eligible, but I'm not putting my personal information out on some strange website. I wish there was an actual store I could go to. And I don't even need the free phone. Mine's pretty (2008 dusty rose Razr!!), it's a phone, I can text, it works. I have to plug it in every Saturday because the battery gets low just hanging out in my purse. I'm not going to take videos of cats doing something stupid and post them online (no offense !!!). I just need "emergency" minutes, without having to add up more and more unused minutes. Any ideas?