Need recommendations for economy "pay as you go" cell phones ...

Need recommendations for economy "pay as you go" cell phones.

This is for a 10 year old child in California -- to be used ONLY in EMERGENCY situations.

My child is probably going to use between 5 and 30 minutes a month.

I think there is no point subscribing to a plan.

Any recommendations for a "pay as you go" economy cell phone ? (like prepaid cards ?)

Does anyone have any stories, suggestions, recommendations ? Any companies to avoid ? Any good or bad experiences ? Which company ? How much does the phone and the calls cost ?

Where is the best place to buy it from ?

Thanks in advance for your input.


[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I do not know if you have Alltel where you are at, but their 'Smart Pay' service is very common around here in Independence, and many parents use it to stay in touch with their children. The advance deposit you pay Alltel never runs out, but their rates for use are not all that cheap; I think Smart Pay charges fifty cents per minute of use on local calls; a dollar per minute on long distance calls; but the credit runs until it is all used. PAT]
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