Back To School Phone Guide 2009


High School and Teen

  • Sanyo SCP-2700: This budget phone is perfect for first time texters.  It comes in two bold colors, Impulsive Pink and Deep Blue.  This basic phone offers a camera and full keyboard, along with parental controls.
  • Samsung Reclaim: The earth-friendly slider puts a premium on eco consciousness, but delivers a pretty good handset as well.  It comes in fun colors and a compact package, while offering Sprint’s full multimedia suite.
  • Samsung Exclaim M550: This dual slider offers a full QWERTY keyboard as well as a traditional keypad.  Sprint’s One Click UI gives teens quick access to social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
  • LG Lotus: LG’s sweet messaging device may have a funky form factor, but it delivers where it matters most.  The QWERTY keyboard will keep their thumbs happy and high speed data will let them get their internet fix.
LG Lotus Specifications | Review

College and Graduates

  • LG Lotus: A good bridge device, the Lotus offers more than just fun and games.  A document reader allows this device to do more than your average dumb phone.
  • RIM BlackBerry Curve: The best selling PDA for much of the past year, the Curve offers the tried and true reliability of BlackBerry devices.  The Tour is a better device all around, but the Curve’s price tag is more suited to the graduate student.
  • Palm Pre: The phone that outdid the iPhone.  It’s a powerful smartphone and wonderful multimedia device all wrapped up into one.  Synergy brings your life neatly together on the phone.  With a real keyboard and multitouch display the Pre is a dream to use, and the ever-growing App Catalog means the Pre will only get better with age.
Palm Pre 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: 986; 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: 986; 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: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

Blackberry is for adults mainly but i agree on the bold

11. matistight

Posts: 986; 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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