What type of phone should I buy next month and what carrier should I be on? I'm on a Verizon family plan right now with my parents and it expires around Thanksgiving. I have a free upgrade with Verizon, as well.
This a two-pronged question.
1. What carrier should I use? I live in the DC metro area.
2. What phone should I buy on said carrier?
As far as the carrier is concerned, I've never had a problem with Verizon so I have no reason to switch. However, I do notice that their phones are stripped down once they hit their network (unlike AT&T) and that is aggravating. AT&T seems like a good alternative mostly due to phone selection and performance. T-Mobile and Sprint are out there, too, but I honestly don't know a single person from the East coast that uses one of these networks. Is there a reason for that?
Now, on to phones:
1. TEXT MESSAGING
I do a fair amont of text messaging so I'm not sure what type of phones that rules out. I do know that I don't want one of those huge flip QWERTY things like the AT&T Tilt, en(V)2, or LG Voyager. I'm more into the brick, almost minimalist look (iPhone, LG Dare, Pearl, etc.) I have a RAZR now and I want to get away from the flip game, too. Also, how does texting work on the iPhone? I hear it doesn't have SMS, but what exactly does that mean?
2. CONTACT SYNCING
One thing that I must have is an ability to sync contacts between my phone and my computer. I suppose my MacBook Pro and iPhone would play pretty nicely. Not sure how the other phones work in this department.
3. GPS OR GOOGLE MAPS
Another nice thing would be some sort of GPS or map. I know the iPhone has Google Maps and some sort of GPS. Is it good and do the other phones have something like this?
Internet would be nice too but I've been without that on my phone for years and it hasn't ruined my life so far.
Same goes with email and Blackberrys run pretty expensive with email. I don't really need it so why pay a ton for something that is just an "eh" with me? However, I have noticed the Blackberrys have gmail chat and that seems like an interesting option. My primary personal email is Gmail.
I do know that I won't really use my phone as a media player. I have an mp3 player that I love anyway and there's no reason to use the phone, too.
7. TO-DO LIST
A major thing that I would like to gain out of this new phone would be a to-do list of some sort. A to-do list that somehow syncs with my computer's to-do list would be fantastic. Does this exist? Remember The Milk for iPhone? Do any other phones have this sort of capability?
Wi-Fi would also be awesome.
And is there visual voicemail on the iPhone? I know it's on the Instinct.
So basically, from what I can see so far, these phones are maybes:
2. LG Dare
3. Blackberry Pearl
4. Blackberry Curve
5. Some other kind of Blackberry
6. Samsung Instinct
7. LG Vu
And are there near-future phones that I should consider, too?
1. Blackberry Bold
2. Blackberry Storm
Am I missing anything that I should look into?
Any help would be fantastic. Thanks you MeFi yet again.
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