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I believe they are called GSM phones?

I am looking for an android phone without internet. I dont want a 3G Plan.

Any of of you have preferences for affordable smart phones for around 250 and below without contract?

Thanks.

EDIT

I want to be able to use a regular sim card voice/text and Wifi if possible.

Do you need 3g to use wifi? i heard it goes through ATT Wifi and Verizon Wifi??
Edited by Prideless - 8/14/11 at 6:47pm
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Probably not the best service but.. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Virgin+M...53&st=motorola triumph&cp=1&lp=1

And it's $300

Although.. after skimming some BB reviews it might be a dud.. Oh well..
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All you need is an unlocked smartphone, there are plenty on eBay.
    
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I have a question for smart phones with WIFI. I heard some phones use wifi but have to be through ATT or Verizon which means I cant use wifi with no 3g contract? or can i?

thanks again guys for inputs im looking into it.
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post #6 of 14
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Some of the phones says you need to have a 3G plan to start with to activate the phone?
That means?

And after using a 3g can you use a regular sim card for just voice n text no data plan to work in the phone?

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Who is your current provider? If you don't have one, would you prefer a specific one?
From what I hear and have seen, Verizon is the best in the U.S. Sprint is pretty good as well.
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I am currently TMobile and most likely will probably still be on them. Not of my choice. =/
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post #9 of 14
Go for T-Mobile Prepaid, they have the cheapest plans. $50 a month for Unlimited Talk, Text, and Web (100MB 4G speeds, then unlimited 3G). Though all the phone under $250 without contract won't support 4G so that won't even matter.

Defiantly go with an Android phone:
http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/p...phones/android

BTW, the LG Optimus T has developer support over at XDA so you can load custom ROM's and kernals on it.
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If you don't plan on ever using 3G, it might be worth considering AT&T GoPhone. AT&T doesn't force you into getting a data plan if you get a smartphone. Not sure about T-Mobile policies but Verizon definitely forces you into a higher plan.

I just got the LG Thrive (AT&T version of the LG Optimus T, Froyo) GoPhone for emergencies. I loaded $100 on it which is good for one year. Since I don't call or text much, I just went with the $0.10/min prepaid plan and the $5/200 messages package (which is deducted from the $100 prepaid balance). I was considering getting a data package for it ($25/500MB initial + $5/10MB per month to rollover unused data balance) but so far, I've always had access to WiFi whenever I needed internet on the Thrive. Going by my current usage, I'd probably still have credit left by the end of the year. Since I use this cellphone very sparingly, it comes down to just $8.33/month - likely the cheapest you can go with a smartphone in the US. Of course, if you're going to be making a lot of calls or messages, you're better off with a different carrier and getting a Monthly4G plan or something.
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