So what do we do? Up until now we have been praying our phones last and that we can find replacements when the do fail.
About a year ago a company came on the scene called Republic Wireless
While like many discount cell providers you have to buy the phone up front, this carrier makes up for that because the monthly charges are only $19 per phone for unlimited everything! That's right - what a great deal!
So what's the catch? Well, not really a catch but the technology they use is a little different. Rather than using your typical cell phone signal to rout data and voice call they use wireless internet. That's right the same technology that you use to get your laptop on line. There are, of course some down sides. While the wifi provides excellent signal while you are at home, wifi isn't everywhere (though almost). To pick up the slack when you don't have wifi available the phone automatically switches to Sprint 3G. In a nutshell what this means is that the phone gives you full functionality it isn't for everyone. If you are someone (like my family) who is around a lot of wifi this is a great option. If you tend to be in the car a lot or are in an area with little wifi you should probably stick with your traditional phone.
Check out their video below - I'm still waiting for my phone but am excited to try it!