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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:
bling
camera
quadraphonic surround sound ring tones
mp3, video, blah blah.

- Keman

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kesh
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.
perro
Dec. 16th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
darkwolph has a Razr. You can talk to him if you like about his experiences with it.

I'm rawking a Treo 600. Best investment I've made in ages. Palm OS so tons of downloadables. Use it as my MP3 player (1 gig SD card), so so pictures (650 has video capture capability), pr0n picture storage, all the chatters/IRC, traditional palm features like datebook, notepad, etc, yada yada. It's just all kinds of awesome if you don't mind carring something a tad bulky.

However, if you don't have the ability for new plans that totally nixes half its data capabilities :P
wolffit
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.

-Galen
perro
Dec. 16th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
For Anthrochat I get on with upIRC. Never crashes. Simple format.

Give it two thumbs up....if I was not a dog and had thumbs :/
icecor
Dec. 16th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Well, we could give it two cocks up, then - yers in the air an' mine up you :)
icecor
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.
aldebron
Dec. 16th, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)
i hate my razor, it sucks.

the phone i wish i had gotten instead is this

http://www.club-siemens.net/reviews/mobiles/m75/

http://www.club-siemens.net/mobiles/m75/

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.....
aerowolf
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.
wolfwings
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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