I need a new cell phone; please help me choose

sorrisoJuly 13, 2008

This is my first post to the Electronics Forum and I'm glad to have the resource. The kitchen, bath, painting, electric, garden and cooking forums have all proven very helpful in the past.

My husband and I need new cell phones. Our priorities are best reception and durability. I would like a camera, he could care less. We don't text because we are too chea...I mean frugal to pay more than the outrageous price we already pay them monthly.

"They" are US Cellular, we live in central Maine and have extremely limited options for cell service. We are not currently on a contract and would prefer not to go back on one. I called the local store yesterday and spoke with someone who was just short of rude. He had no idea how to sell a phone to a grown-up person who doesn't need an MP3 player or to download and can recall when phones lasted forever (okay, they had a cord and were very very large). I resent that a phone is now disposable but I guess I will get over it. I would spend more money to get a better phone but it seems that the price of the phones go up with the add-ons, not because there are a superior product.

We both have Motorola V265 phones that we purchased with our previous contract, not quite three years ago. Both of our phones refuse to hold a charge, we tried new batteries and that didn't work. To complicate matters we have recently disconnected our landline service and reception in our home seems to have worsened. I'm truly hoping that's something to do with the phones. We've had all sorts of dropped calls recently and I'm going crazy!

The brands the US Cellular guy mentioned for sale in the store were Motorola, Samsung, LG and Kyocera. He personally doesn't like the Kyocera phones. He did not believe that there was any improved reception between brands but people have told him Motorola is better.

I would prefer to NOT buy a phone through the company and get one on eBay. If I do that, do I need to bring my phone to them to activate it or can I do it myself?

Thanks for hanging with me on this,


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At techego.com you can buy unlocked cell phones for way cheaper. They have MOtorola, Samsung, LG, Nokia and many others. I dont know if this helps, but its very easy to activate them as well as buy them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cell Phones @ TECHeGO

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 4:42PM
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Thanks jimhalpert for taking the time to respond. I checked out the site but couldn't actually find any Motorola or LG phones, just accessories; I didn't check for the others.

With regard to ease of activation, does that require the cell phone provider?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 5:50PM
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Hi, I am no expert, just looking into cell phones & plans for a daughter going off to college. We were at the Verizon store today and the woman there did not recommend Motorola (the one my DD wanted). She said exactly that - that the battery charge doesn't last as long and that they tend to have more of those come back in for service/replacement. She suggested LG or Samsung. HTH

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 9:42PM
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We've had a couple of Nokia cell phones for several years through TracFone.
We decided to go with the Motorola W376g phones because it is hearing air compatible, plus my wife wanted a new phone.
Using the TracFone web site, transferring the minutes and telephone number from the first one went fairly smooth and it took just a few minutes before the new phone was working.
Trying to do it with the second phone has been a problem and after 3 days is still not working. They first told me it would take 24 to 48 hours for the transfer to take place. and then they said it would take up to 10 days.
I've tried calling them but with my hearing problem it's almost impossible to understand their overseas Service Representatives. So I've been dealing with them by e-mail.
It cost $49.99 is supposed to have "double minutes for the life of the phone upon activation."

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 9:25AM
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