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Fans of messaging phones will appreciate that the reasonably-priced Optimus F3Q carries out the basics without breaking a sweat. Its unfortunately scant on-board storage is not a deal-breaker.
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The T-Mobile Concord's midrange specs won't turn any heads, but it's a reliable, stylish, and inexpensive handset that doesn't require a contract.
The Alcatel-made T-Mobile Sparq is a QWERTY feature phone for those looking for the utmost in simple keybaord communication.
Despite its notable drawbacks, the Huawei Valiant is one of the better ultrabudget, off-contract Android smartphones.
Virgin Mobile's budget-friendly Samsung Montage is a functional messaging phone without a contract, though its poor battery life and entry-level features hardly stand out in the crowd.
The T-Mobile SpringBoard has the performance and features to rival most small tablets, but the price is a bit hard to swallow.
Huawei's T-Mobile MyTouch is ideal for first-time smartphone users who want 4G speeds and decent specs, but be aware that you'll be buying into an antiquated OS.
At a hefty cost, the Virgin Mobile iPhone 4 delivers an unlimited plan without a contract -- just don't expect blazing-fast data speeds.
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