In one of my older posts Can you get a cell phone for $5 a month? I tried to find a $5 / month cell phone plan but came up empty. A reader commented with a way that it can be done via T-Mobile prepaid phones:
Reader Byung Kyu Park said...
Thats a great tip from Byung. I checked out the details on T-Mobile's site myself. If you add $100 in minutes to your prepaid plan then you'll get their Gold Rewards status. That will get you 15% more minutes and your minutes will last for 1 year.
So as Byung said what you can do is first get a prepaid account and add $100 minutes. Now you'll have the Gold status and your minutes will last 1 year. Then about 11 months later when the minutes are nearing expiration you can add just $10 more in minutes and since you're a gold status user those additional minutes will last a year. Doing it this way you can get 22 months coverage for $110. That works out to $5 a month!
Of course you will have pretty limited amount of minutes to use doing it this way. But this is a good way to get dirt cheap cell phone access for emergency and/or infrequent use.