There are 35 buck a month Virgin Mobile deals since you use the phone for so few minutes. As to the tablet, I have the Kindle Fire HD and there is that cellular version but read the fine print on the data plan. Here's a link.
I am a Sr. citizen. I have a desktop Mac (wired) through my phone company, and an inexpensive no contract cell phone used mostly for emergencies when I'm out, which I only use 3-4 times a month.
I want to upgrade but can't decide what would best meet my needs. I don't want to pay for services I seldom use. I am an "information junkie" and like to shop and would be checking e-mails and Facebook, weather etc. I want something lightweight and portable but would probably use it mostly in my living room. I am thinking a tablet (mini-ipad or Kindle Fire HD?) might meet my needs but I would still need a phone for emergencies.
There is so much information out there. Please steer me in the right direction.