Over at The Consumerist, our poor mother needs a cheap American pay-as-you-go cell phone plan. John Brownlee explains how these type of phones work in Europe:
The way these phones work is this: you buy a phone for maybe €60-€100. It comes with a certain amount of credit, which you can use to make phone calls. When you run out of credit, you go to the local convenient store and buy a card that gives you more. You only pay for outgoing calls: all incoming calls are free for twelve months since your last top-up. Credit lasts indefinitely, as long as it takes you to use it.
Consumerist Advice Needed: American Cell Phone Plans [Consumerist]