Welcome to the Android Central Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. Thread Author  Thread Author    #1  

    Default Total smartphone noob, in need of phone selection assistance

    Hey there, doods and doodettes -

    First, a confession: I'm not a mobile phone person. I make 8-10 short calls a week, I live in the 'burbs north of Washington DC, I don't text (ever), and so for the past five years I've relied on a tiny, almost-free, pay-as-you-go Virgin Mobile flip phone. (Go ahead, laugh.)
    I take a lot of crap from my friends and coworkers about my POS mobile device, but, hey, it works for me. (Did I also mention I'm a cheapskate?)

    I just changed jobs and will be traveling to Iowa and Nebraska once or twice a month. On my first trip there I had no cell service on the road. This is a serious problem, as I need to reach coworkers, managers and the g/f on a regular basis. Some locals told me Verizon is the only carrier in Iowa with reliable service throughout the state. So it looks like I'm going to need a new phone.

    I want to resolve this dilemma in the most inexpensive way possible. No $50-60/month data plans, as the job won't pay even a portion of the cost (Ugh!) and, again, I don't use the phone more than absolutely necessary. But I need internet connectivity to look up addresses and directions, receive email, etc. And I want something small enough to carry in my pants pocket, without looking like a deformed porn star.

    So what I'm asking you kind and knowledgeable folks is this: How can I best handle this phone and service upgrade on the cheap? Do I buy my own Verizon-compatible phone? Brand/model suggestions would be greatly appreciated (think: basic feature set). Do I opt for prepaid, pay-as-you-go or contract service? I've also heard StraightTalk uses the Verizon towers and is less expensive, though some folks told me they had bad experiences with the company.

    Please have pity on a smartphone noob and give me the benefit of your experience. Thank you.
  2. #2  
    Gekko's Avatar
    Banned

    Posts
    5,880 Posts
    Global Posts
    8,236 Global Posts

    Default Re: Total smartphone noob, in need of phone selection assistance

    Straight Talk Samsung S738C Galaxy Centura Prepaid Smartphone (Android 4.0) = $99 for Phone + $45/Month Unlimited Talk/Text/Data (Centura uses Verizon's Network) Prepaid/No Contract

    Straight Talk Samsung S738C Galaxy Centura Prepaid Smartphone: Prepaid Cell Phones : Walmart.com
    CyclingBear likes this.
  3. #3  
    Golfdriver97's Avatar

    Posts
    31,112 Posts
    Global Posts
    31,610 Global Posts
    Carrier
    Pure Nexus/Franco Kernel

    Default Re: Total smartphone noob, in need of phone selection assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by CyclingBear View Post
    Hey there, doods and doodettes -

    First, a confession: I'm not a mobile phone person. I make 8-10 short calls a week, I live in the 'burbs north of Washington DC, I don't text (ever), and so for the past five years I've relied on a tiny, almost-free, pay-as-you-go Virgin Mobile flip phone. (Go ahead, laugh.)
    I take a lot of crap from my friends and coworkers about my POS mobile device, but, hey, it works for me. (Did I also mention I'm a cheapskate?)

    I just changed jobs and will be traveling to Iowa and Nebraska once or twice a month. On my first trip there I had no cell service on the road. This is a serious problem, as I need to reach coworkers, managers and the g/f on a regular basis. Some locals told me Verizon is the only carrier in Iowa with reliable service throughout the state. So it looks like I'm going to need a new phone.

    I want to resolve this dilemma in the most inexpensive way possible. No $50-60/month data plans, as the job won't pay even a portion of the cost (Ugh!) and, again, I don't use the phone more than absolutely necessary. But I need internet connectivity to look up addresses and directions, receive email, etc. And I want something small enough to carry in my pants pocket, without looking like a deformed porn star.

    So what I'm asking you kind and knowledgeable folks is this: How can I best handle this phone and service upgrade on the cheap? Do I buy my own Verizon-compatible phone? Brand/model suggestions would be greatly appreciated (think: basic feature set). Do I opt for prepaid, pay-as-you-go or contract service? I've also heard StraightTalk uses the Verizon towers and is less expensive, though some folks told me they had bad experiences with the company.

    Please have pity on a smartphone noob and give me the benefit of your experience. Thank you.
    Welcome to the forums. I think Net 10 also works on Verizon's cell network.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    CyclingBear likes this.
  4. #4  
    srkmagnus's Avatar

    Posts
    13,373 Posts
    Global Posts
    13,381 Global Posts
    Carrier
    Stock 4.4 (KitKat)

    Default Re: Total smartphone noob, in need of phone selection assistance

    Welcome! Hopefully the above information is of some help to you. Let us know if you have further questions.
    CyclingBear likes this.

Similar Threads

  1. completely out of internal memory HELP
    By mandroiddrone in forum LG Optimus L
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-20-2014, 12:34 AM
  2. I need more control
    By xchange in forum General News & Discussion
    Replies: 144
    Last Post: 01-25-2014, 03:19 PM
  3. Galaxy S3: My phone doesn't turn on :(
    By lmroks in forum Samsung Galaxy 3
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-11-2014, 10:06 AM
  4. HTC Evo Design 4g caught in Boot-Loop Help!!
    By doomjuice20 in forum HTC EVO Design 4G
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-11-2014, 12:42 AM

Posting Permissions