An update on our cell phone dilemma . . .
We ran out of minutes yesterday. In fact, at last check we were at least half an hour over (with three days remaining in our billing month). So I took the good advice of one of my readers and called our provider. After I explained the situation to the customer service representative and she perused our account enough to see that this was an exceptional month of usage for us, she offered 150 free bonus minutes to carry us through to the next billing cycle. Problem solved!
A tip of the hat to T-Mobile! It's nice to encounter some flexibility (and humanity) in the corporate world.