Thank You All
I've given up on my old and trusty mini.
Since I've discovered xda and especially this forum I've learned so much about android, rooting and custom roms but alas it's time to let go.
I had my eyes set on something like new Huawei or Acer 4 inch Android phone but my wife also wanted a smartphone (she didn't have one) and we decided to buy two cheap smartphones. We got 2 Samsung Galaxy Pocket at a really, really good price.
So once again, thank you for the experience.
PS the voicemail message notification still pops up even on my new phone ... still need help with that - http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...2#post49547002