Do you like free phone or trendy new phone on the market?

United States
June 13, 2009 10:49am CST
When we sign up on a particular plans offered by the mobile service company, we usually get a free phone but long term contract, usually 2 - years. That phone might not be the newest one, or the prettiest one in recent, but it is free. I love free phones, and I don't need any fancy stuff add to the phone. I just need it to make calls and received calls. For some people, they have different concept. Some might like to show off. Some might want it to be able to do all the funky stuff on the phones. Usually, they end up paying $100 or $200 more for the new phone. Would it worth it?
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@CHORES (231)
• China
15 Jun 09
I like trendy phone on the market.The main reason is that I don't think the phone for free is in good quality.I like the trendy phones because they have fashionable designs and exxciting functions.by the way ,I'm a fan of iphone Happy today
• United States
14 Jun 09
I think it really depends on if you think you want more than you need. You can use the fee phone for what you are looking for but you could also spend a little more and get a little more. I know for the longest time all I wanted my phone to be able to do was send and receive calls and SMS text messages. But after looking into some nicer phones like Blackberry, I've decided I am going to upgrade to a phone that also connects to the internet and gets email.
• United States
14 Jun 09
I absolutely agree with you! I do like certain new electronics when they come out and I like to learn about them. But, I am like you, for a phone, all I need is to make sure I can call and receive calls. I have to say I have always enjoyed the camera phone, that is because I have kids and I find it handy to take quick pics of them. Other than that I do not need the fancy stuff!
@dramaqn (1990)
• United States
14 Jun 09
This is a great topic. I like the freee phones, simply just because they are FREE. However, I have not and don't ever see myself paying more than $50 or $60 for a cell phone. I have used a variety of cell phone companies and therefore have seen many deals. And prior to cell phones being an absolute necessity, I actually use to sell them. My angle on the phone is, when I want to upgrade, I give one of my children the phone I no longer want, which is usually better than the one they have. Because most likely I gave them the free phone. Then they have the option to give that phone to the youngest child under them or to sell to a friend. And thanks to the brilliant person who came up with ebay and craigslist, my family can now have the newest and best yet slightly used cell phones. Thanks to ebay, I was able to own a Blackberry and my daughter owned a Razor. I'm a busy single mother of six and 3 are teenagers. Need I say more? We like technology, but we are thrifty, and we know how to have the best of the best without coming up broke.
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
I used to buy trendy phones because they are so appealing, and once you have it , it gives you gratification. Testing the new features was so exciting. But then now, I am pretty satisfied with my phone thou it is not a free phone. I am satisfied with the two important things that I do, calling and texting.
@cwachid (160)
• Indonesia
14 Jun 09
It's worth it. On my view, I would like to change my mobile phone every two year. Even it is used only for call and sending message/sms, I should not late on new feature or always in warranty periode.
@aikhong (664)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 09
Hi, i think i would like to have those kind of free phone too. For me, i do not care much about those trendy or funky stuff a phone can do. The most important thing of a phone is to contact others and to get contacted. So, the other features will be just extras or add value to it only. They're good to have, but not a necessity. Moreover, it's a free phone and we can save the money for more important things to buy. So, why don't give it a try. However, i've never come to know or get such free phone at my place,lol. If there is a chance, then i'll get one for myself too.
@xanlui (38)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
I remember back when "Nokia" started the sms phone trend. I was in high school then and I think I wanted to be a bit showy with a new phone or at least have the latest one. But now, it doesn't really matter. As long as you can use it for calling and texting. I guess some people wanted more that's why they pay a lot for an all-in-one phone. They go for the expensive but has so much to offer.
@bluerlyn (139)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
im such a cheapskate ill just go for the freebie
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
14 Jun 09
hi, I am not used to the phones which come so called free with the sim card. The Indians companies ( GSM mobile) dont use this tactic. They just sell their SIM card and you have to buy the phone from the dealers which ever you like like Nokia, sony, panasonice, LG or Samsung. Thouhg the CDMA companies come with the phone and you have to buy the phone , i dont like it this way because a) if i dont find the service good i can change the provider of service if i have my own phone and all i need to do is buy their SIM card of other companyfor less than 2$. Also i can change my handset when ever i want and can have which ever model i want.
@britt_200 (1228)
• United States
14 Jun 09
i payed 250...it was brand new just came out. i love it....i guess its not worth it in my situation but i thought it was at the moment.
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
well a free phone with a 2 year contract isnt realy free if you add all what you have paid, then you really have bought that phone. Well i like phones that has many features so a new phone is a must for me
@larish (2195)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
I prefer to get my phone for free. I usually have it lock up for two years. It doesn't bother me at all, the important thing is that I can use it to text and call.
• United States
14 Jun 09
Yea i think it is worth it. They new phones do things that are useful like have a tax calculator and tv so you wont miss the big game or your favorite television show. The new fancy phones are useful but i free phones do the basic things that you need.
@daryljane (3439)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
same here. im actually using a free phone from Globe handyphon, the nokia 266 classic. not classy or trendy or high end but it works..and serves the same purpose..you can text and call..i think thats the impt thing.
@Glow1971 (354)
• Spain
13 Jun 09
This is a good topic for me because I just finished buying my kids each a new cell phone. I personally like to take advantage of anything that is free, however, at the time of my purchase, there weren't any free phones that had qwerty boards so that they're able to text much better. After looking and waiting for a good sale, they had a great sale for the Verizon LG Voyager, buy one for $79.99 and get the other free so I paid $40.00 for each phone and I also got free priority overnight shipping. I thought I overpaid but when we received them and saw how functional it was, I was really happy with my purchase. In addition to being able to make and receive calls, my kids also use the texting feature and aim.
@tonyllenium (6266)
• Italy
13 Jun 09
No i don't like promotions of the mobile operators and you called the free phone plan!!In reality if i buy a new phone i'd like to pay all because in this way i am not limited to a 2 years contract and costs of recessions if i don't respect that and also because in many cases it useful,after bought my phone,to personalize it a bit more than the mobile operators allow you with this contracts to adapt the new device to my needs as well!! Normally if you can take costs during two years where in many cases you have a solid fixed fee per month,you can notice that not only with that money you spent in reality you had the cpability to buy your phone to a normal price but also you have spent a lot than if you bought with other systems..so in many cases i judge conditions of the free phones plan quite expensive...naturally it depends how much you spend montly from mobile bills but i think you want some economic way the promotion free phones are not so suitabe!!In fact if you count why mobile operators do that?Naturally they give you a free phones because in 2 years of contract,apart to have a sure customers too,they know with their montly fees you will spend much more than the worth of your phone as well!!Normally thi is just a slogan and not much a big deal..
@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I perosnally buy phones according to my needs, not my wants. I look at a phone & if it does everything I need it to do, than it's good enough for me. Currently I have blackberry pearl 8120 because I use for my work as well. If it wasn't for my work reasons, I'd get something pretty simple.
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
13 Jun 09
I don't usually take the offer of new phone because I already have a phone using and I honestly don't need another phone. So, instead of signing a contract that offer me a free phone which in practice has no resale value, I take those plans with a trendy phone that I have to pay extra bucks. But then, I will sell out the phone immediately so as to enjoy the subsidy offered by the phone carrier.
• United States
13 Jun 09
My 12-year-old daughter is one of those people who is insistant on the newest phone out there. I, myself, am like you and just use mine to make calls. I use my computer for everything else. As long as the phone gets good reception, I don't care about what it looks like, or about the extra features. But my daughter does. So, every year when they allow me to update our plan, I get her a new phone. Then, I will either sell her old one, or keep it for myself and sell my old one. At least I get a little of my money back that way.