My wife did a little shopping around, and found a flip phone for $20 at Walmart, that supports AT&T. She then took that phone to our local AT&T mobile phone service store and paid them $10 to add 40 minutes of call time. Now all she has to do is keep buying at least 40 minutes a month from AT&T, at 25 cents a minute, to keep her minutes and service. All her unused minutes will roll over, each month.
Who knows, there could be better deals out there, but this seems good enough for our purpose, which is just to have a cell phone for emergency needs.
Thanks for all the great suggestions you guys gave us Friday. If we didn’t follow your particular suggestion, it at least helped point us in a general direction that was useful, because most of the suggestions involved doing something similar to what my wife finally did.
As a side-note, and to give credit where it’s due, my wife took the $20 Tracfone card that didn’t work for us, back to Walmart. She asked for a refund. They refused. They said they don’t give refunds for that card. My wife insisted and spoke with a manager.
She said, “If I stole $20 from this store, you’d have me arrested, wouldn’t you?”
Wife: “Well you guys just stole $20 from me, by selling me this useless card. Isn’t stealing from customers illegal?”
The manager finally relented. He took a 20-dollar-bill from petty cash and gave it to her, in return for the card.
Thanks Walmart, for seeing the light and finally coming through.