Picked it up at Radio Shack (20 bucks), the counter people activated it for me and I added 1 year of service and 240 minutes for 99 bucks.
That phone rides in a car as some emergency device only so monthly costs were one issue. It works around here so I'm down to under 11 bucks a month for that phone.
You think I would've learned almost 2 years ago with my Inphonic/Wirefly purchase. Now, I decided to try Jolt pre-paid as a first phone for my 13 year old son. It is sold at Toys R Us, so should be kid/user-friendly, right? I bought the phone back in Sept. and put it up for a Xmas gift. I tried to activiate it 2 days before Xmas, and everyone was on vacation already. Understandable, but the online activation code wouldn't work either, and the support email address is bogus. After dealing with my sons frustration at receiving a phone he couldn't use, I tried purchasing a $30 card from their site (which has an invalid security certificate) and got the phone working. I never got the "free" minutes that come as a bonus with the phone which was why I couldn't activate it I guess. Of course they did tell me their system was "down" during the holidays as well. Now,the phone is reading 'SIM card error' after VERY light use for just over a week. I called and got no apologies or anything other than, "It's your son's fault and you have to buy a new card for $14.99 from our website". Apparently, my son pushed a wrong button and got to a PKU? screen and while trying to get off of the screen entered a bad code too many times which "burned up" the card. OK, why would a phone even have this possibility? Anyone that doesn't know what the heck a PKU? even is....if it popped up their reaction would be to start pushing buttons and get off of the screen, no? Well, I was told that if you don't know what a PKU? number is then you shouldn't have a phone. I went around in circles with these very unprofessional, and unhelpful idiots for 30 minutes, even speaking with a "supervisor". All I could get was that if we had called when the PKU? screen popped up, they could've given us the number...a number that only they have. They could tell me everything about every call my son made, but couldn't tell me how he had gotten to a screen that could burn up the SIM card and render the phone useless. I ended up asking for the corporate phone number or address and was told they could not give out that information!!! WHAT??? Please...PLEASE...do not waste your money with this company. They are a joke. The Nokia phone threw me off, but it is worthless and customer service is run by a bunch of teenagers in a basement, I just know it!