If you are struggling with bad credit and want a cell phone you should look into a privately branded cell phone service provider. A MVNO type that operates on one on the large wireless carrier networks.
This type of services do exist thanks to privately branded providers who provide there services with no credit check, no contract and no security deposit requirements.
There solution to the bad credit delimia is one of the best arround because you can activate the phone you currently own and have service again on a name brand carriers network with and value and features of post-paid contract service without the credit check, contract or deposit.
Go to any search engine and do a search on no credit check cell phones no deposit. In the displayed search results you should see listed on the first page the more popular privately branded cell phone service provider that can help you.
Here's a link to one such comapny that can help