I shut off my phone because my bill was getting so out of control every month, and I'm paying that back and the cancellation fee with Sprint (it's $417). I need to get a phone of some sort so I don't have to mooch off of other people's anymore. Just for emergency. Also, I won't be in the United States for more than 5 or 6 months, so I need to get a prepaid phone and not a contract. Virgin looks like the best choice from when I was comparing the ones I saw. I'm in Washington state so all of the prepaid phone services aren't available here. Also I was considering getting some sort of device that ONLY text messages, is there such a thing? I'm ready to pay more per month than normal for a cell phone since I won't have a contract, but I definitely would like to do this as cheap as possible. Anyone have recommendations?