You Don't Need a Smartphone

iPhones et al might have more than you need; here are some cheaper alternatives
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2009 12:44 PM CDT
The Samsung Alias has a full keyboard, text message and email support and more for just $20 with a 2-year agreement.   (PRNewsFoto/Verizon Wireless)
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(Newser) – Smartphones may be the future, but you may not need one just now, writes Marguerite Reardon of CNET. The iPhone and its pricey brethren probably have more features than the average user needs. Here are some cheaper feature phones that might meet your needs. Prices are for a 2-year contract:

  • AT&T—Motorola Karma QA1—$79: This little 3G wonder features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and home screen access to Facebook and MySpace.

  • Verizon—LG enV2—$50: This slim handset may not have much built-in memory, but it has so many other features you won’t notice.
  • Sprint—SCP-2700 by Sanyo—Free: It looks like a low-end BlackBerry, and features robust email capabilities at an unbeatable price.
  • T-Mobile—Samsung Gravity—$30: A candy bar-sized phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, this is a great budget-conscious text messaging phone.