gotta get a new cell phone

United States
August 15, 2010 12:06pm CST
i hate shopping for plans and phones. I have a pretty good deal with my company and never go over my minutes. It is also time for an upgrade. My phone seriously needs to be replaced as it isn't working properly any more. Lots and lots of times people call and I can hear them but they cannot hear me.. think it's a short of some sort! Anyway, I can get a free phone (and a pretty nice one) by switching carriers. However, I can get a phone with my present carrier but they want me to pay for it. So far other carriers can't come close to my minute package at the price I have it at right now... what to do????
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6 responses
@fpsninja (874)
15 Aug 10
If you are looking for a cheap, stylish, and useful phone, look at the motorolla W377 and the Razor (depending on budget). I had one of these phones, and i was plesantly surpirse. It was cheap (around £30 or so for the W377, but there was an offer going), and is was probably the most useful mobile phone i have ever seen. Because is "flips", when shut, it switches of the screen, saving you loads of battery life, i could leave it for 4 days and still have almost full batery like so long no1 txts or called. It had useful features, like alarm (no video or java though), but still, better alarm than the mobile i currenlty have that was more than twice the price! Ok, so its not a smart phone, but seriously, the sound quality was brilliant, you never called people by mistake because it folded in your pocket, and the phone was so long (unfolded) that it felt like you were using a normal phone!
• United States
15 Aug 10
I liked the razors too. I haven't seen one in awhile and certainly not in all my perusing over the phones now available.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
15 Aug 10
If you have a good minutes package I would stick with that and just pay for a phone. The phone will be a one time cost. If you end up paying more for minutes that is going to impact you for as long as you have the contract. This will be monthly, not to mention they will tack on all kinds of other fees and you will also be charged tax on the extra fees, so likely in the long run it will cost you a lot more to switch plans then to just purchase a new phone.
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• United States
15 Aug 10
Yes, this is true! Thanks!! I'm thinking along those lines. But even if I get a newer model phone I have to get the data package now which will still cost me some more in the long run!
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
16 Aug 10
We just went to prepaid. We went with straight talk. You buy their phone and then you can get a plan of 1000 minutes 1000 texts and so much internet for $30 or unlimited everything for $45. You can even switch back and forth between the two each time you refill.
• Philippines
16 Aug 10
I think just pay for the new phone. Your deal with your company is good. It seems like you don't have any complains with their service. I think that is good. You don't have to get the latest phone, you can also choose for cheaper phones but very durable.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
16 Aug 10
I would just go ahead and pay for the phone and stick with the carrier that you're currently with. If you're that happy with the covverage, service and plan then you should go for it. Depending on how often you use the phone they can last quite a long time. Meaning while you may have to pay for the phone, it'll be a worthwhile investment as you could easily get years out of the device. When you switch carriers free phones are only for the fact you're switching. You still have to pay for the plan, sometimes end up in a contract, and often have to break ties and encour fees. Cell providers often check your credit score. If your credit score isn't to their liking you've got to pay for a downpayment in order to get started. Meaning the only thing free is the phone. Personally, I would rather be out at the most 100 bucks for a new phone with my current, carrier, then to possible spend that and then some switching providers. The plan you've got will stay the same. You have a one-time fee for the phone. So.... in short... you'd be saving even more money buying a new phone from your current carrier once every two or so years then you would jumping from privoder to provider everytime you need a new device. save you money in the long run.
• United States
16 Aug 10
I'm in the same pickle as you I really am! I definitely need to upgrade and find a plan but I hate shopping too for it. I don't even know what phone to get i dont keep up with whats new i just go with w/e i like. really fitting discussion right now, I help the answers ppl give you can help me too! oh jeez.