My daugther is deaf and used a blackberry for a number of years. However, she and her partner bought phones from Verizon == she is using the "V" and he is using something else. While there are many more avenues available now for her to communicate depending on the situation (PC, videotelephone, TTY, instant messages) she decided on a cell phone rather than renewing her contract with GoAmerica. Many of her friends use T-Mobile Sidekicks, but she prefers her "V". My husband and I both have basic cell phones, but made certain that we could text easily. While the QWERTY keyboard would be great, we are fine using the basic phone to contact our daughter.
Aside from making and receiving calls, what do you mostly use your cell phone for?
Taking photos (how useful is it?)
Playing games (are you happy with the gameplay?)
Listening to music (how useful is it?)
Internet browsing (how useful is it?)
Text messaging (how useful is it?)
Keeping track of calendar events (how useful is it?)
Nothing else! It's a phone!