Back To School Phone Guide 2009

Verizon Wireless:

High School and Teens

  • LG enV3 VX9200: Available in slate blue and maroon, this device is ideal for texters who are looking for a QWERTY keyboard in a compact phone. In addition to typing messages fast and easy, you’ll also be able to enjoy nice call quality and camera.
LG enV3 VX9200 Specifications | Review

  • Samsung Alias 2 U750: The eInk QWERTY keyboard is cool and so is the dual-hinge design. It would definitely make heads turn your way. The display is large and easy to read and the phone has good call quality too.
Samsung Alias 2 U750 Specifications | Review

  • LG Chocolate 3: For the music fan, the Chocolate 3 will deliver with a compact flip design, stereo speakers and an FM transmitter.
LG Chocolate 3 Specifications | Review

  • LG enV Touch VX11000:  Even though it’s not as compact as the enV3, the touchscreen is quite useful, the camera quality is better, and the keyboard fits better for larger hands.
LG enV Touch VX11000 Specifications | Review

College and Graduates

  • RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630: The Tour is the newest BlackBerry for Verizon and has all the features you could want, including a full QWERTY keyboard and 3.2MP camera. If you want to look a bit more on the business side, this one would definitely help you achieve that.
  • HTC Touch Diamond: If you prefer WindowsMobile, then the Touch Diamond is for you.  It is a powerful device that can do it all, and the TouchFLO3D interface makes it easy to use. Last, but not least, the diamond is never out of vogue.
  • LG enV Touch VX11000: If you don’t want or need a smartphone, this is the next best thing.  The large QWERTY keyboard is easy to type on and the device can open basic Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Acrobat files.
LG enV Touch VX11000 Specifications | Review



1. VDubb

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 04, 2008

Why in the hell is the Tour recommended for VZW, but the Curve is recommended for Sprint? Also, the G1 over the MyTouch 3G and no mention of the 8520 for T-Mobile which can be had for as low as $0.01, what kind of stupid recommendations are these?

3. panacea224

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

Why so angry VDubb?

4. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Why so SERIOUS!!!!

8. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

Quemical- Thats funny, Good one hahah VDubb- HAVE YOU SEEN THE TOUR?!? Wonderful, its like an upgraded 8900, with a bold keyboard and for anyone, verizon, sprint, metro, t mob, att. Love the sim card slot. And a curve for sprint? Cause thats the only good phone they got, who wants sprint anyway? Plus they dont have any of the rumors on there for sprint. The 8520 is new and i dont think people will like that phone, they went for an iphone back, but failed. nothing is wrong with the tracpad...ITS AN OPTICAL MOUSE! THE EPIX AND OMNIA HAD IT....OPTICAL MOUSE!!!!! Not tracpad! Even safari wants me to check spelling on tracpad... and the g1 is cheaper than the mytouch or should be at least... and you can get the 8520 from a t-mobile store for 1 research and rething what you said or delete your post

9. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

retype not on my part hahah

2. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

I'm a VZW fanboy but no Bold for AT&T?

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

guess not.

6. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

ok uh it should be that the mytouch3G beats the G1 the Tour bb beats the 8330 or whatever it is the comeback outer screen is too small the highlight and the lotus are both hideous form factor or color lol ahahhahhahhahhaha :)

7. joolian

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 25, 2008

I understand why you would reccomend smartphones to the older group, and the dumb phones for teens, but most of my friends and I use smartphones. I would feel really limited without my iPhone or a blackberry. And also, the Bold for att ? Also, the 8520 was a perfect opportunity to reccomend a smartphone to teens for tmobile.

10. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

Blackberry is for adults mainly but i agree on the bold

11. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

BOLD INSTEAD OF JACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

12. rafaelinux

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 29, 2009

There should be somewhere on the site that says [USA SITE] or something like that..

13. souleater93

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 20, 2009

Samsung Alias2 ftw. the chocolate 3 is horrible i had three of them and they kept resetting themselves so they wouldn't be reactivated spent a total of three hours on the phone with verizon not the happiest verizon costumer

14. nalu808

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

i dont understand why peeps hate on sprint. so they made bad choices and havent offered the best customer service but the plans and the network especially internet speeds have proven to be up there if not better tha vzw and att. everyone needs to get off their high chair (just like iphone people) and not bash on something you know nothing about. do the research then make an informed decision on who you pick or decide to bash. not a sprint employee

15. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

yeah i agree with nalu808. i've had service with multiple carriers and they're all different and they all have their strengths and weaknesses. i currently have sprint service with my pre and i've never had an issue with the company. i think it's probably cause i don't complain about stuff thats my fault... i hate carrier x cause i went over my minutes and broke my phone cause i drove over it and fell into a swimming pool. then carrier x shut off my service because i haven't paid my bill in 2 months. so when i went into carrier x and told them i hate my phone and wanted to buy a new one but i just bought one 3 months ago. carrier x said i wasn't eligible for a discount and the phone would be full price. my service at my home sucks with carrier x. did i mention i live in a lead box in the mountains? these people are morons.

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