I recently lost my ancient flip phone and am terribly confused as I look for a new phone. I'm pretty ignorant about tech stuff (only used my cell phone when I absolutely had to), but I would like a phone that offers good sound quality, texting, internet, camera and the ability to download a couple reference guides for work. I would be very grateful for any advice. My old cell phone bill was about $40 a month; I wouldn't want to pay more than double that for the new phone--is that realistic?
You sound old. Get a Jitterbug.
Just get an iPhone.
OP, just about any smartphone will perform the functions you desire. You'll have to research the carriers to find out what they charge for a contract or monthly fee based on the services you want.
Or, you can go to Best Buy and purchase another flip phone for under $20 and pay about $50/month for unlimited text, phone, etc. (no contract). But I think you are ready to make the leap to a smartphone.
Where do you live? What is your current cell carrier? And do you work for a company that offers any discounts?
Any smart phone will do what you're looking for. People who have never had smart phones like iPhones because it's pretty simple to use and intuitive. I prefer a Droid myself.
If you're looking for a subsidized phone, Sprint will be about $80/month for unlimited most everything. There are also others like Walmart who offer less expensive plans (Around $50/month) without a contract, but you have to pay full price for your phone (basically evens out though).
Do what I did...
Go to Google Play online and buy the unlocked Nexus 4 phone. It is on sale now for $325. It is a very good phone that's unlocked.
Then go online to T-mobile and get the $30 pre-paid plan. You have 100 voice minutes and unlimited text and data per month.
Pop in your new sim card and you are good to go. $30 per month for a high powered phone is a very good deal.
[quote]But I think you are ready to make the leap to a smartphone.
What the hell gave you that idea? I'm with R1.
They still sell old style phones for people who don't want or need smartphones, actually they're free if you want to go on a contract.
Go to Tracfone's website and look around. They offer very cheap plans and low priced phones that fit your bill. I've also had really good luck with their customer service the few times I've had to use it.
Like you I'm good for about 10 minutes and a dozen texts per month. I paid $80 for a reconditioned Samsung smartphone with QWERTY keyboard; my monthly bill, all-in, is $16
NB: their carrier is Sprint.
OP, get another flip phone and pay as you go.
OP, do you use Netscape or Altavista, Compuserve or AOL?
I appreciate the helpful messages. Yes, I guess I'm old at 42 and prefer not to live with a phone glued to my ear. I think I'm going to go with the Motorola Ultra...it's affordable and offers the access to information which is what I need. I'll continue to use my land line (horrors!) for catching up with friends. Jeer on.
There are fewer and fewer flip phones for sale. The one my mother has is horrible. I got it from AT&T so I could put her in my family plan for $10/month. AT&T only offers two or three flip phones and they're all horrible. She's been using flip phones for years, so it's not like she doesn't know how.
When she was visiting recently, I took her phone because I was exasperated with her complaints. I tried to program a ringtone she liked and sure enough, like she said, there was no list of ringtones to choose from. I couldn't believe it. Plus, it took forever to even find the ringtone. Old style flip phones were Menu - Settings - Sounds - Ringtones. Then a list of ringtones you could listen to and choose one. You could go online and buy one from the phone company website. Easy as pie.
Her phone's ringtone changes by itself. The phone sometimes rings and sometimes doesn't when there's a call. Sometimes she can access her messages and sometimes she can't.
I wish I could give her my old LG flip phone but AT&T won't allow it.
What carrier are you on? AT&T? T-Mobile? Verizon? Sprint?
Look at a Nokia 520 or 620... pretty much free on contract, and you can get pretty cheap data plans, depending on your needs.
They're easy to use, easy to read, not fragile, have good cameras, and industry standard connectors and drag-and-drop syncing.
For the same price as an iPhone 5c (the cheap one), you can get the Nokia 920 or better yet 925... big screen, higher res than iPhone, usable with gloves on, better camera, better keyboard, better email app, better browser...
Or for the same price as an iPhone 5s, you can get a Nokia 1020, which has the best camera available on any phone anywhere, with amazing ability to zoom and great low-light images.
[quote]Yes, I guess I'm old at 42 and prefer not to live with a phone glued to my ear.
Come on now.
Smartphones are basically pocket-sized computers. At "42," you should know that by now.
I jeered, but I think you sound cute, OP.
Thanks, R9. I just ditched my 10 year old razr and replaced it with an LG Optimus Elite. The Ting plan is amazing and I hope, now that I've signed up, they don't sell out. I love that when I call, I get someone who is in America. Nice to know that my money isn't going to some third world country when so many jobs are needed here at home.
I just bought the iPhone 5c yesterday. It's fast and I like it.
Just got my first Ting bill. $16. Thanks again, R9
Virgin Mobile - 35 a month 300 mins unlimited txt and data.