SO, after waiting on hold for 20 minutes and trying different avenues, I am completely frustrated with what to do about the phone!
A land line will cost more in the long run and I could not even set up new service (hence being on hold for so long) due to the fact that I was calling from VA and not TX. It would require a deposit, monthly fee, and the inconvenience of Dad only being able to talk on that phone while at home.
A new cell plan (I found an unlimited package for $99, which Dad said he used to have) might be easier. I spoke with Dad today and he said he hardly ever goes over his minutes now. I was thinking that if we all pitch in for the unlimited plan for one year it would cost about $100 for each of us.
Let me know what you all think? I can move forward with whatever we want to do.