A Rumor Touch looks like my best bet to stay with this carrier. I might like the LG Prime, though. Do I have any other good options? Can I find an affordable no-contract smartphone?
OK, my old Samsung slider has bitten the dust. The internet was so abysmal I rarely used it.
As a Virginmobile customer, I can upgrade to a Loft, a Rumor2, a Rumor Touch ($130), and a Blackberry Curve
. The Touch
looks like my price point. It's a "messaging phone" and comes with a number of built-in apps. It sounds like I could do some real mobile web stuff, even YouTube, and use a Facebook app, so that would satisfy a lot. I know it isn't a smartphone, but is this going to just whet my appetite more or will these additional capabilities really be useful? If not I could just stick with a cheapo option like the Loft.
I'm intrigued a bit by the LG Prime offered by AT&T GoPhone
. How would it compare with the Rumor Touch, or any other phone in this class? Am I right that this is around the best I can expect without going to the next level up? (I must be missing other options, but so much of what you can read about is contract-only tech.)
Ultimately, is there a no-contract smartphone option out there? I don't need the latest and greatest device, but I recognize there are risks to old tech in this space. I could go either way between iPhone or Droid, but I'm open to other choices like Palm.
Finally, I am sort of bound to VM by having this sweet legacy plan (from 2001!) that I think saves me about 10-20% on talk minutes. But I have a number out of my local area code and need to change that. A new account would be on a new plan (e.g.
), and I'd need a data plan for any real internet use, so I bet I would soon not notice the difference. Concur? I live and work at home so I mainly use my PC, so it's not something I'll use necessarily daily, but I expect it to add up anyway.