I'm living off-campus this year, and I've been debating for the past few days about whether to get phone service or not. I don't use the phone service that much, so I don't want to pay a huge monthly fee and an activation fee. The land line would cost at least $30 to activate, and the monthly fee would be at least $25. T-Mobile has a $19.99 plan that includes 60 daytime and 500 weekend minutes. 60 daytime sounds like way too little, so I don't think that would work. Virgin Mobile's plan sounds like the best option, since I only need to add $20 to my account every 90 days, there's no activation fee, all I need to pay upfront is for the phone. The service, however, is another issue. I read that Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint Network for its calls. How reliable is Sprint coverage? EDIT: Forget it. 25 cents a minute for the first 10 minutes each day? I don't use the phone that often, but when I call my parents, a call could last up to 30 minutes or so, and I'd end up paying almost $5 for that one call. Ugh, it looks like I might be getting a land line then.