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tl;dr at bottom

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In fact, this would be my first cell phone. I know, 21 years old and a cell phone virgin per se. Let's just leave it at the fact that I finally have friends...

Anyway, why a smartphone? My iPod is about shot (it's nearing 7 years old if I am not mistaken) and need a new portable storage device to jack my headphones in and listen to music on the go. Since phones essentially can do that, I might as well kill two birds with one stone.

My problem? Probably the same as everyone, I'm cheap. I don't mind fronting the money for the phone, so if I have to put out $200 I can, however I would much rather like to keep it in the $150 range. What's truly important is how much I am paying a month. $30/month is my absolute maximum and would like to stay the hell away from it. $20/month is preferable, and even $10/month if such a thing exists.

What I want on the phone:
- mp3 support, this is my replacement iPod per se
- unlimited text (if not, then perhaps Instant Messenger support instead? I heard that is possible)
- minutes are not too much of a problem since I usually use the landline for that, so incoming and outgoing calls might be minimum. Unlimited doesn't hurt though unless it spikes the price of the plan.
- I would like to facebook through the phone.

Really, those are the quintessential things I need it for. Given, I would like pandora support, custom ringtones so I can be a ringtone douche, etc, but realize those aren't dealbreakers.

EDIT: I can budge on some of these things, however if you make a suggestion I would like to know what I am giving up and what the alternatives are. I will not budge on the music whoring though. I only have like 8GB of music though, most likely a lot less if I delete the crap I don't listen to.

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tl;dr - needs a smartphone. $200 tops, $30/month maximum, $20/month or under preferable.
Edited by SlaveOfTheMoon - 5/14/11 at 6:01pm
post #2 of 18
$30 a month is going to be really tough and will depend on the carrier, I would say you're better off not getting a "smart phone" but one of those higher quality regular phones and just check for the features you want, facebook does have ways that you can manage it via text messaging and most phone can go online it will just be slow. Usually a full on smartphone requires a data plan which makes them very expensive also $150-$200 for a smart phone is subsidized stuck in it for 2 years, the pricing of the phones them selves are usually $600+
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Well, I said smartphone since I didn't think there would be a higher quality regular phone that does what I want. I can budge on the internet and whatnot so long as I still essentially replace my iPod mini dinosaur.

I'm phone retarded so...... yeah.
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What are your network options and which would you prefer to use?
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Frankly I could care less as long as the thing works. area code is 33914 if that helps, not asking you to do all my research though.
I tried looking at the sites, but they're all advertising so I decided to find some message boards and ask them.

EDIT: Let's change it up a bit.
My needs:
- text
- talk
- mp3 capabilities

Screw the rest. if I can facebook/gmail/browse interwebs etc. than that's great. Otherwise I'll do that at home.
Edited by SlaveOfTheMoon - 5/14/11 at 6:22pm
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Gmail should be a yes on more normal phones and facebook will be limited but they do have different texting options so you can say, get your notifications on the go and reply to stuff
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post #7 of 18
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All right, cool. I'll do that then.
And $20-$30/month is reasonable, or at least possible with that?

What phones and networks should I look into?
Also, thanks for being such a big help.
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http://www.myrateplan.com/wireless_p...3914&x=52&y=18

This is what I've found for plans, honestly single plans are expensive and as far as phones you're probably going to have to just walk into the store and see what they have, there's always some MP3 player phone hybrid deal what will have all the basic you need and possibly even email support.
Edited by Scrappy - 5/14/11 at 6:35pm
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This site is great so far. It looks like I may need to go with the sprint basic 200 though.... :/ It's the only one for 30/month and gives me 200 minutes (not a problem) and no text.

Might be willing to go a little higher for the text. Thanks a lot man.
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Another thing you could try is look into the prices of one of those mobile hotspots and find one that has good battery life, then just have an ipod touch and that there are plenty of free text and cheap pay call apps for ipod
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