A friend of mine introduced me to GoogleVoice last year when I could not afford to pay my cell phone bill, and it has been a godsend. GoogleVoice is free, and you just use your Gmail or Google account to sign up. You will get to pick your own phone number from a list Google provides for your area. You will need a working phone to get started using GoogleVoice, because you’ll have to verify your phone; however, after that, you can simply use GoogleVoice without another service provider. If your phone is not currently working, then I’d suggest using a T-Mobile phone and buying a pre-pay Sim card, which you can buy for $.99 atLog In This way you can use GoogleVoice when you are away from a wireless internet connection. GoogleVoice works by using a wireless internet connection. You can also send text messages online and check voicemail online. There are different apps you can use with GoogleVoice, but I currently use Groove IP Lite (the free version), and it works great. So if you’re looking to save money on your cell phone, especially pre-paid, this is perfect. If you have questions or need help, please feel free to post here.