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I hate shopping for cell phones

As I mentioned previously, my cute little Nokia 6590i phone died, likely beyond worthy of repairing (a new battery costs more than a brand new phone, after all). Having been cell-less for almost 4 days sucks (much of the communication between me and Q is text messages, and I miss that - A LOT). So this afternoon I popped over to the two Cingular kiosks to look over my options.

I'd really like to stick with Nokia - I'm already familiar with them, I've got the little chip in my current phone with all my phone numbers in it, I have accessories I can continue to use, etc. - but they don't carry my phone anymore, which sucks, 'cause it was cute with its little champagne color and the Mozart ringtone I bought for it and everything. {mope} So since that seems out of the question (although the Nokia website says Cingular stores still carry it), I looked at all my other choices, and I have quite a few - Motorola, Seimens, etc. And I must admit that I'd always figured if I needed to get a new phone I'd get a flip phone - which, of course, means Nokia doesn't make one yet. Bah.

The sales people (one pushy, one not) shoved a few phones under my nose, but I'm ambivalent. So, I'll let you guys give me some ideas:

Poll #311808 What kind of new cell phone should I buy?

Brand loyalty?

Stick with Nokia!
3(100.0%)
Ditch Nokia!
0(0.0%)

Sexy gadgets?

Get a flip phone!
2(66.7%)
Forget the flip phone!
1(33.3%)

Which phone?

Look harder to find a new Nokia 6590i
1(100.0%)
0(0.0%)
0(0.0%)
0(0.0%)
0(0.0%)
Other (answer next question)
0(0.0%)

here is the list of phones Cingular is currently offering up. Which one?

Sony Ericsson T226
0(0.0%)
Sony Ericsson T616 Camera Phone
0(0.0%)
Nokia 1100
0(0.0%)
Nokia 3300
0(0.0%)
Nokia 3595
0(0.0%)
Samsung X427
0(0.0%)
Nokia 6200
1(100.0%)
Sony Ericsson T637 Camera Phone
0(0.0%)
LG L1200 Camera Phone
0(0.0%)
Samsung P107 Camera Phone
0(0.0%)
Motorola V400 Camera Phone
0(0.0%)
BlackBerry 6280
0(0.0%)
Motorola V600 Camera Phone
0(0.0%)
BlackBerry 7280
0(0.0%)
Handspring Treo 600
0(0.0%)

Why should I buy the phone you're telling me to?

Give me your own recommendations and cell phone comments/stories (or leave a comment to this entry)

Comments

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jkusters
Jun. 22nd, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC)
If you stick with Cingular, that chip transfers to any phone, not just Nokia. I'm using the chip I programmed in my Nokia in my Motorola. Of course, the only thing that transferred is my contact list (names and phone numbers), not my background or startup logos, but since your contact list is the important thing, you should be set, no matter which phone you choose.

JOhn.
jkusters
Jun. 22nd, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
Additionally, you might find more options if you go to a Cingular store rather than a kiosk or online.

Your best approach, IMHO, would be to look at all of the phones, determine which features you can't live without and which would be nice, and then base your decision on that.

That being said, I really like my Motorola T720i. You might be able to get one at a storefront. It has easily installed faceplates, a color display, downloadable polyphonic ringtones, and internet capability. These were the features I most wanted, and this phone had all of them.

Of the phones listed on that page, my first choice would be the Samsung X427. It has all of the features listed above. However, I would go to a store and pick one up to see how it felt in my hand. My Motorola feels solid. There were a number of other phones (including some Nokias) which did not. That solid feeling is a must.

JOhn.
soulflux
Jun. 23rd, 2004 12:45 am (UTC)
I ended up getting the Motorola V400 phone. I also started out with Nokia which makes GREAT phones. The only problem with my Nokia phone was that the people on the other end could hear crickets chirping a mile away. The phone works TOO GOOD.

The Motorola v400 is a good phone. It has a camera, built in speaker phone, color screen, web capability, is small, and heavy enough that you know it's in your pocket. I think you can send pictures to your harddrive if you get a USB kit. But you can definetely do it if you get an internet connection.

Previous comment deleted due to me being a moron. Hahaha. SELF CENSORSHIP IN PROGRESS.

Like said before, shop around. Go see the girl that is in a hurry to go on dates just before closing. You might get some deals. Lol.
soulflux
Jun. 23rd, 2004 12:46 am (UTC)
BTW, my chip that said Cingular on it transfered my numbers from Nokia to Motorola. Take them down just in case, but it should work.
esprix
Jun. 23rd, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
What's wrong with being a stock broker? :D But actually that's a good point - why would I want internet access on my phone? (I say that now, but someday I'll have it and never understand how I could live without it.) I would like a speaker phone, that would be cool, and I guess if I had a camera I'd use it, but there are only so many bells and whistles I'm willing to pay for. Even my Visor is an old one but it still does everything I need it to just fine, so why upgrade?
soulflux
Jun. 23rd, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
Exactly. Screen too small to see all the nasty things worth downloading. Lol. Besides, I wouldn't want to get hot and bothered in public (few choice locations excluded of course).
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