Does anybody here have experience with contract-free mobile phones? After going with no telephone at all for almost 2 months, I'm finally giving in to pressure from my family to get a cell phone, and this looks like the best option for me. I'm interested to know what sort of fees beyond the minutes are typically included (activation, taxes, etc) and whether or not reception tends to be more limited. If anybody has experience using both no contract service and regular monthly service, I'd love to hear some comparison and contrast.
So far I've been looking at T-mobile, Cingular, and Verizon. I know Liberty Wireless also serves my area, but I can't find detailed information on their coverage and network protocol, and there may be 1 or 2 others I haven't checked for service yet. T-mobile seems like the best deal, since I can buy 1000 minutes for $100 and I would have 1 year to use them up.