What do you look for when your buying a cell phone?

Cell phones - Just a phone to me
United States
August 23, 2007 8:59am CST
I had a cell phone that did everything but do laundry for me and seldom used any of them. Finally I decided that since I was changing carriers to also change my phone. Of course the first thing I looked at was price since they can get so expensive. After that I thought about what it was that I wanted from the phone and that was easy. To keep in touch with my family when I needed to and be able to send a couple of text messages now and then but not very often since I hate "typing" on those tiny things. I decided on a very simple little phone that isn't even a flip phone! It's simple to use, was not expensive,gets the job done and I love it. What do you look for in a cell phone? Do you access the internet on your phone and send a lot of text messages?
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16 responses
@lantisb3 (114)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
You should first look at the price :) heheheh! The next thing is it's overall look as well as its functionality.you must balance the look and the features of the phone because you don't want to end up with a phone that looks good but lacks features or a phone that has lots of features but you can't put it out in public.
• United States
27 Aug 07
Price is always #1 with me. I totally agree.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
23 Aug 07
I want one that I can use all over the world, and send and receive email in a pinch, have a camera, and access the web. I got one like that, but have not used it yet because I am also saving for a Bluetooth headset so I do not get brain tumors from having it too close to my brain. Oh if it were possible, I would not mind one where they can attached those foldible keyboards to, and another thing, not only does it have to do laundry, but it has to iron and fold the clothes and do the vacuuming as well. (Just kidding).
• United States
27 Aug 07
lol...I gotcha! some day they may even do the housework for us you never know!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I got a prepaid trac phone so I have no monthly bills and the phone is very simple. I usually only use it when I travel. I am not someone who is on it all the time or texting.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
I also have a trac phone and love the concept. I'm not an on the go type either so it works for me.
@Buggheart (446)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I use Virgin Mobile so I use their phones which means there are a few to choose from. I also don't use it often and don't need it to have a camera or web capability. I just need something to make and receive calls, voicemail, and I do like cool ringtones. So I'm not too difficult to please. I also like very small phones cuz I don't like them to weigh down my purse and I like them to fit in my pocket.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
I also like a phone that will fit in my pocket since I seldom carry a purse.
@jason_co (408)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
It needs to have all that will suite my personalities and wants in life. As a busy person, I need a PDA phone type. That's why i bought a Sony Ericsson P910i and P990i. I want a touch screen organizer for fast browsing. This phone suite my lifestyle.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
That's it too. It should fit our lifestyle and since I do very little I need very little in a phone.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
23 Aug 07
My husband was the one that bought our cell phone and even though it was a flip phone, i used it a lot to text messages to my folks and family back in NZ. He changed carriers for some reason and now we have a fancier phone that I hardly use, except to take pictures and send them to my email or to his when he is away travelling. My best friend is on the same plan so we get to talk for hours for free :) thats the best part of having this new fancy phone. I can access the internet and all sorts but don't know how to. I am happy that I have one so incase of emergencies, I have it on hand.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
Exactly! Cell phones are awesome to have in emergency situations.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I just happen to be among that minority who doesn't own a cell phone, ctry. A few years ago I got caught up in the frenzy and bought one. I used it for about a year. Since I am the stay-at-home type, I never really used it too much. After I moved to my present location I decided to get another one. After a few months I decided it was a waste of money because I went out even less than before. I ended up passing that one on to my grandson. Since then I have not wanted another one. My main activity when I had them was playing the games.:D
• United States
27 Aug 07
It's basically the same with me. Since I don't drive it comes in handy for the times I need to call a cab when I go shopping or something like that otherwise I seldom use it. It's basically for emergencies.
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I also have a very simple phone that is not a flip phone. I don't really like the "flip" thing and I feel that it makes your phone more likley to break when dropped, especially if you drop it while it's open (and I am kinda clumsy). My phone does very little by way of special features, but I like it quite a bit. It's just a phone really, not even a camera phone, it can go online, But I barely do that, and it can send text messages, but I barely do that too! I guess i'm just a standard phone kinda girl :-)
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• United States
27 Aug 07
Same here...a phone is a phone not a pc right? Call someone and have them call you that's a phone. Although I do text message my daughter when I have to.
• Malaysia
23 Aug 07
I will look for data transfer features and memories. SUCH AS; Product Features * Use DataPilot as a wireless modem to surf the Internet, check or download email, or communicate with friends * Ring Tone composer/converter makes personalized ringtones that suit your preferences * Import data from your Windows desktop to your celphone or handheld * Powerful editing and manipulation tools for editing, altering and changing contact information
• United States
27 Aug 07
It sounds more like your looking for a laptop than a phone to me.
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
when i change my phone i looked for the features it has most specially it has to have an access to the internet because i check mail on my phone and i use messenger..i also want a phone with camera so i can take special moments anytime with my camera phone..i use it for text messaging as its what typical people do in my country rather than calling..
@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I have a flip phone that I got for free when I signed up for a service plan. It has no special features. It is just a phone that I can use when I travel. The only thing that I would like to have, on my next phone is a camera on it. PEACE
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@lisa_wxy (393)
• China
24 Aug 07
the first factor is the price,it is not expensive,and i can afford. second,it is not ugly. then it is ok.phone is just used to call and text messages.
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@kulotzki (61)
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
to be practical, by a cellphone that really fits your needs and with extra features.. i prefer to have a cellphone that never usually hangs and with a expandable memory feature, can capture video and camera in good quality and also have a FM radio feature. but I am more on the cellphone that really fits my need, at home and at work..
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
24 Aug 07
As my needs and experiences with cell phones has changed, so has what I've needed in a phone. I've had a cell phone for about 10-12 years, and probably had 5 different phones. My first phone was not a flip phone so when I put it in my pocket or someone bumped it in my purse, it would call my sister - speed dial 5. That was sometimes annoying when I was out at a bar at one in the morning. I eventaully got a flip-phone and it solved that problem. Then they were never loud enough and if it was in my purse I couldn't hear it ring. I finally have a phone that's pretty loud, but the phone book in it is so stupid. My next phone will probably be one of those that is like a blackberry or somerhing. Of course, my boss's is always redialing the last person he called - he bumps it all the time and activates it. So, I'd be back to square 1 again!
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@Gengri (9)
• United States
24 Aug 07
The only two things that I am looking at are the design and if the phone has camera or no.
@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
23 Aug 07
The first that I would consider in buying a cellphone are the features and the look of the phone and the last is the price of the phone. If its cheaper with I good quality then thats the phone for me.
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