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Ask Slashdot: Best Mobile Phone Solution With No Data Plan? 294

Posted by timothy
from the old-ways-are-best dept.
New submitter clorkster writes "I am looking to upgrade my mobile phone. I have always bought the cheapest possible phone with the least features since I only use it to make calls and text. Further, I am opposed to paying for internet access twice and my home access is certainly more important and necessary. I am now running into the issue that my phone is too archaic to receive text messages from newer smart phones (they somehow become picture messages). Any thoughts on a good smart phone without data plan or an almost smart phone solution?"
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Ask Slashdot: Best Mobile Phone Solution With No Data Plan?

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  • Hmmm,.... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Frosty Piss (770223) * on Thursday February 23, 2012 @06:53PM (#39141621)

    Like you, I am a cheap mother fucker. I went with Verizon and took the free phone they gave me. Recieves text fine from all my friends who spen $100+ a month on their phone. Me? Not that moch.

  • iPod touch (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 23, 2012 @06:57PM (#39141667)

    iPod touch with Skype. Of course you'll need access to wi-fi...

  • by kirkb (158552) on Thursday February 23, 2012 @08:01PM (#39142321) Homepage

    I'm in Canada where cellular choices generally suck, so I won't try give you any advice about carriers and phone brands. But I will say that having a cheap smartphone with no data plan actually works out pretty good. I picked up a couple ~$150 android phones for my kids when they started high school, and put them on inexpensive no-contract, no-data plans. There's so much free WiFi out there nowadays (homes, school, restaurants) that not having cellular data is no big deal.

    And the nice thing about giving my kids smartphones is that they can do so much more than dumbphones and featurephones can: lists, reminders, etc.

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