I am a near-Luddite. I don't own a cell phone (or any other electronic device besides a laptop), but as I was driving to my Mom's house yesterday the red light on my dashboard came on indicating an alternator problem. Fortunately I was able to make it there, and AAA came out later and cleaned the corrosion off the battery that caused the problem so I could get home, but it was quite frightening seeing that red light and knowing I didn't have a cell phone.
I don't like them. I don't carry a purse so I have nowhere to put it. But now I have come to the realization it would be wise to have one. So ... I am in the market but Holy Cow! I googled "prepaid cell phones" and came up with so many returns it blew me away.
Can you help me. I want to have the cheapest plan possible. Prepaid is fine but not necessary. (I saw one plan that you pay $2 a day but only for days you will use it. That's my kind of thing as long as I can go months, or years, between uses without penalty.) I will not grow to use the phone other than for emergencies. I am in a Verizon area but Los Angeles, which I think is mainly AT&T, is a destination until Mom passes on.
So, do you have any suggestions, ideas, thoughts, plans, etc. that you think I need to know and/or consider. And any recommendations are welcome. Remember, I am looking for the least expensive but I also want to be able to depend on my phone.