I HATE cell phones. I have a pre-paid cell phone that sits in my desk turned-off almost all year long. The only reason I own one is for emergencies, e.g. long-distance car trips. The problem with Cingular is that the pre-paid minutes expire. After a couple of months, the phone goes dead, and I have to go into a Cingular store, pay a new activation charge, and then they give me a new and different phone number for it. Are there any pre-paid cell phones where the pre-paid minutes are PERMANENT?