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Cellphone needed

It is time for a new cellphone. I'm up for suggestions.

I currently go through Cingular, using Decca's old Sony Ericsson phone with my cingular SIMM stuffed into it. Contract has long expired, it's a long since discontinued voice and data plan that costs very little per month. So. No new contacts or service plans for me.
This limits me to any GSM phone that's available unlocked on ebay or other online merchant that won't require signing up for a new plan.

I was looking at a Motorola Razr V3 but the reviews are scathing.

My most important features:

takes a GSM SIMM card
standby time
cell reception
UI responsiveness
small, robust, handles being dropped and treated like crap.

My least important features:
quadraphonic surround sound ring tones
mp3, video, blah blah.

- Keman


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Dec. 15th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
If you can stomach the commercials, Boost Mobile has an affordable no-contract plan going on. You can get a SIM based flip phone for about $80, or a regular candy-bar phone for $60. The phones work on the Nextel network, so there's pretty good coverage.

Disclaimer: I do tech support for Boost's phones, so I'm familiar with their quirks. Overall, it's a pretty good system, and those low-end phones seem pretty reliable. I'd go with the i415 candy-bar phone, if they had coverage in my area.
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Dec. 16th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
I've got the Treo 650... Which chatters/IRC/etc do you recommend? I'm currently using Verichat for icq/aim.

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Dec. 16th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Well, we could give it two cocks up, then - yers in the air an' mine up you :)
Dec. 16th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
I, too, am currently makin' use of a Treo 650, Galen, and I'm also pretty fond of upIRC. *shrug* I don't think I'd recommend it to Keman if he's looking for somethin' durable, though (unless he buys one of the solid cases forrit).

Personally, my last phone was a Nokia 6820, and it was a beast - I tossed it in a pitcher of water one time (quite by accident), and after drying overnight, it returned to active service unimpaired. I dropped it, threw it at people, took it apart a few times...and it always worked, AND offered a complete keyboard for texting goodness. What it sucked at, of course, was havin' a brilliant display (4096 colors = dingy), a decent camera (prob'ly the worst I've seen), or interesting ringtones (polyphonic at best, folks).

So yeah. *nod* Tha's my say. Nokias are fairly inexpensive, and durable as all frickin' heck. One survived for not just a few, but SEVERAL months in the paws o' Cerise. That should speak for itself, sez I.
Dec. 16th, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)
i hate my razor, it sucks.

the phone i wish i had gotten instead is this



its about as waterproof as possible, as nifty features, and you can throw it against a wall cause it has a solid aluminum frame. (it can handle some redicouls 10g shock or close to it) im going to get one eventually.....
Dec. 17th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
wolfwings has a Razr v3, he says:

1) Most review sites are scathing it because it's a 'trendy' thing, like an iPod, and
2) the stock RazrV3 sucks ass, but a single website fixes it: http://motox.us/ . If you're willing to get a USB-A to mini-USB-A connector, this will allow you to access the filesystem on the thing and tweak it all to hell and back.
Dec. 17th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
I'll verify both of these.
You can get a Razr quite cheap, and you can nearly tweak it to the degree that you can tweak FireFox, as the entire phone's filesystem can be revealed. Want different icons? Done. Strip the branding? Done again. And it's convenient for ultra-cheap data access at dial-up speed either via USB or Bluetooth.

I'm slowly tweaking the graphics on my phone to where I want them. I'd recommend the phone though, it's served me well so far.
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