I tried a Cingular card for the second item, but most of the time people are unable to call me. Even when a connection gets through, it fades out a lot of time. I'd rather have it than not, just for emergencies, but it is useless as a way for people to call me.
In their defense, Cingular's customer support did answer quickly and appear to make a valiant effort to fix the problem. However, it's over a week later now and there has been no progress.
I'm left wondering if there is any good prepaid SIM card for people in southeastern U.S.? T-Mobile doesn't cover South Carolina, so it is no good for me. Even Cingular, which covers the areas I need, has a weirdo plan where prepaid money drains out after a month or three if you don't use it fast enough.
I hope a new offering comes out in the next few months, or I'll end up getting stuck with a plan after all. I don't want to go back to life without a cell phone!