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My mom's contract just expired and she wants a new phone that has the ability to check mail while she's out and about. Right now she has just a simple messaging phone, but she ONLY needs to check mail, she doesn't need any frills or bells and whistles on her phone, just a mail checker. I was thinking either the Palm Pre/Pixi, refub iPhone 3GS, refub Blackberry Torch, or Samsung Jack. It obviously needs a data plan so I think that the 200MB/month should be good enough if just only email. Any other suggestions? We're on AT&T and she doesn't want to spend all that much (nothing over $100, trying to keep it under $75 or $50 at best).

What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 12
Refurb iphone 3gs if you ask me. Not a big fan of Apple but it's the easiest to use for non-techie folks. Should sit well with your mom!
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post #3 of 12
any blackberry > the rest

bb have the best email client and it's push which would be super easy to use.

they are fairly cheap as well at least the curve, flip, pearl and maybe bold.
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post #4 of 12
what about the HTC wildfire?
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post #5 of 12
Definitely a Blackberry. The data plans tend to be cheaper too.
    
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post #6 of 12
Blackberry seems to be hard to use for non-technical folks. Both my dad and father-in-law have one and they are always having difficulty in figuring out how to do tasks on it.

Check out the Samsung Focus (refurb unit is only $50). Windows Phone 7 is super easy to use and the Outlook integration is great. And if she's a Facebook user, the built in Facebook functionality is better than anything else.
     
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post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by mark_thaddeus View Post
Refurb iphone 3gs if you ask me. Not a big fan of Apple but it's the easiest to use for non-techie folks. Should sit well with your mom!
+1 for this, and if she doesn't know how to use it. There are plenty of videos on Apple's site to help her out. It's a good price for a phone that could potentially do a lot. She might only want to check her email now, the iPhone will allow her to do other things over her phone eventually.
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post #8 of 12
Blackberries have the best data compression by far so your mom could get way more out of a smaller plan. They also get the emails as soon as they're sent to you where the iPhone only checks for them once every 15 minutes.

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Blackberries have the best data compression by far so your mom could get way more out of a smaller plan. They also get the emails as soon as they're sent to you where the iPhone only checks for them once every 15 minutes.

Sent from my HTC Desire using Tapatalk
You can set it to how often it fetches new emails, you can set it to pick them up every 1 or 5 mins if you wanted to.
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post #10 of 12
What about the HTC Aria? Or do they not sell that one anymore? That's a little smaller... "cuter" phone that should be in your price range.
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