To this day both my kids have Verizon no-fee pre-paid phones with added text plans. My daughter has the $10 unlimited to verizon + 250 text plan and Buu has the $20 unlimited text plan (needed an upgrade going to college). The only downside is the 25 cents/min calling but that ends up being maybe $10 extra combined for both because they mostly text. So I spend about $40 a month on 2 phones and they are happy because they can text as much as they want. That's about the best I could on price and still give them something. We Skype with Buu to stay in touch with him at college.