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    Smartphones

    If anyone can take a break from realignment talk and answer a few questions I would appreciate it. I have always used a cheap pay as you go phone but want to upgrade a nicer one, possibly a smartphone.

    1. What are some phone recommendations? I am looking at this one right now Google - Nexus S Mobile Phone - Black (Sprint) - SPHD720KIT

    2. What is a decent plan to get?

    3. Since I have never had a smartphone, I never really paid any attention to different kind of apps. What are some good ones to get.

    4. Any other advice

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    Re: Smartphones

    if you are going with sprint, the evos are the top-flight phones.



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    Re: Smartphones

    I just upgraded from a BlackBerry to an Iphone and I really like it.

    I think that Droid vs Iphone is basically the same thing. They all are good phones/mobile computers.

    Tons of apps, tons of free stuff that is good. Some other entertaining ones are cheap depending on what you want.


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    Re: Smartphones

    You will want to go with their simply everything plan the one for $69.99 has 450 anytime minutes, unlimited mobile to mobile (any carrier not just sprint) unlimited nights and weekends after 7pm, unlimited data (this does very phone to phone), unlimited text. You also get sprint TV and navigation and probably a few other small things.

    The Evo 3D is a awesome phone or you can get a EVO 4G for free which is still a good phone. Any phone from sprint that has 4G as a option (there are only limited 4G towers in Iowa now) has a extra $10 per month charge and this gives you unlimited data.

    They also give you free roaming as well. So there is no extra charge if you are calling while roaming. They roam on verizon and US cell towers so the coverage is pretty good.



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    Re: Smartphones

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    You will want to go with their simply everything plan the one for $69.99 has 450 anytime minutes, unlimited mobile to mobile (any carrier not just sprint) unlimited nights and weekends after 7pm, unlimited data (this does very phone to phone), unlimited text. You also get sprint TV and navigation and probably a few other small things.

    The Evo 3D is a awesome phone or you can get a EVO 4G for free which is still a good phone. Any phone from sprint that has 4G as a option (there are only limited 4G towers in Iowa now) has a extra $10 per month charge and this gives you unlimited data.

    They also give you free roaming as well. So there is no extra charge if you are calling while roaming. They roam on verizon and US cell towers so the coverage is pretty good.
    Thanks for the info. That was the plan I was looking at. How does this plan compare to other providers in terms of cost? From my limited research it seemed to be the cheapest but that was not in depth research.



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    Re: Smartphones

    I would say go to each carrier's website, enter in the plans you want, see how much they cost, then compare them.

    The Nexus S is a good solid phone. It runs pure Android which is nice.

    I had the EVO for about 9 months, but wasn't happy with Sprint coverage so I switched to Verizon. Still not happy with their coverage but it is better than Sprint, for me that is.



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    If you are truly on a budget, the best all-around is the LG Optimus V with Virgin Mobile. It is a decent Android phone (nothing special, but not shabby either) for around $150. The plan is $35/month for unlimited data (text, mobile web, etc.), and 300 voice minutes. Now, that may not sound like much, but I make a LOT of calls, and have not yet exceed 250 minutes. I do it by using the Google Voice app to route my calls over WiFi. (I have WiFi available at home and work, which is 90% of my day right there).



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    Re: Smartphones

    If you can wait, the next Nexus is coming out around Octoberish. Verizon's is rumored to be called either Nexus Prime or Galaxy Nexus as they are being made by Samsung. Sprint should be getting a similar model, but I don't know what the name of that one will be. Droid-life.com is a good place to keep up to date with the newest phones coming out so you don't get one and realize it is obsolete within a week. As quick as these things are improving, always get the newest phone available. Otherwise, you're gong to wish that you can get a new one just 12 months into a contract.



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    Re: Smartphones

    Sprints is going to be called galaxy s 2. They are going to start selling the 16th I believe



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    Re: Smartphones

    Isn't Sprint getting the iPhone 5 in October?

    I have the sprint unlimited plan (69.99/month) and love it. I also got a 20% discount because they kept messing up my bill.


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    Re: Smartphones

    Wal-Mart has a straight talk plan for $45/month. Unlimited text, talk and data. No contract and they have an android powered phone coming out withing a couple of weeks. I know virtually nothing about smartphones and we are thinking of getting this at our house. For $30/month you can get 1000 minutes and texts and 30 gb of data I think, no smartphone though.



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    Re: Smartphones

    Quote Originally Posted by twojman View Post
    Wal-Mart has a straight talk plan for $45/month. Unlimited text, talk and data. No contract and they have an android powered phone coming out withing a couple of weeks. I know virtually nothing about smartphones and we are thinking of getting this at our house. For $30/month you can get 1000 minutes and texts and 30 gb of data I think, no smartphone though.
    wow, that sounds like a great deal if you can get a decent phone.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    You will want to go with their simply everything plan the one for $69.99 has 450 anytime minutes, unlimited mobile to mobile (any carrier not just sprint) unlimited nights and weekends after 7pm, unlimited data (this does very phone to phone), unlimited text. You also get sprint TV and navigation and probably a few other small things.

    The Evo 3D is a awesome phone or you can get a EVO 4G for free which is still a good phone. Any phone from sprint that has 4G as a option (there are only limited 4G towers in Iowa now) has a extra $10 per month charge and this gives you unlimited data.

    They also give you free roaming as well. So there is no extra charge if you are calling while roaming. They roam on verizon and US cell towers so the coverage is pretty good.
    Unless their coverage map is outdated there is no 4G coverage in Iowa and very little coverage at all.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    wow, that sounds like a great deal if you can get a decent phone.
    I believe they use AT&T towers

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    Re: Smartphones

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugs4ISU View Post
    If you are truly on a budget, the best all-around is the LG Optimus V with Virgin Mobile. It is a decent Android phone (nothing special, but not shabby either) for around $150. The plan is $35/month for unlimited data (text, mobile web, etc.), and 300 voice minutes. Now, that may not sound like much, but I make a LOT of calls, and have not yet exceed 250 minutes. I do it by using the Google Voice app to route my calls over WiFi. (I have WiFi available at home and work, which is 90% of my day right there).
    I think I might try this out as my first smartphone. Not being an expert on 4g vs 3g how big of a difference will the data speed be assuming I live in a 4g area?



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