You sound stuck and that's too bad, a lack of competition always makes for a lazy business.
Make your voice heard and keep it up maybe if they don't see that they are alienating you(which is most likely a good size market segment) then hopefully someone else will come in to serve customers in a better manner.
Best of Luck!
You don't have Straight Talk or Net 10 in your area? Also cell phones are not a necessity. You can get good old fashion home phone service from the phone company for far less than $100 a month.
basic phones have definitely gone down hill. if i were in the market for one, i'd just buy one on ebay....like on old enV touch or something. this way you can stay off contract. they are about $70 and i still feel that they are the best basic phones made in the past 5 years. nothing over the past 2-3 years have been as good as the line of enV's. the lg octane was a pretty good one too. that's the last decent basic phone i've seen from verizon and they haven't carried it for nearly 2 years.
The Convoy and Convoy2 aren't bad phones if you're wanting a flip phone. Otherwise, I agree ... I'd get an enV3 or something similar off ebay (I preferred it over the touch screen of the enV Touch, but that's just me).