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Best non-smart phone

by 909Chellie / May 23, 2011 9:00 AM PDT

I've dropped my Razr V3xx for the last time (RIP). I am looking for a unlocked, non-smart phone - I have an unlimited date package with AT&T right now and don't want to be forced to switch to pay more. I mainly use my phone for taking & sending pics, text messaging, and internet access. I want to download ringtones, store mp3 if possible (but not required) and play games. Oh yeah, I also use it for phone calls. I am currently using my 5 yr old duct-taped Nokia as this is the only phone I have so I need advice asap.

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Slim pickings in the non-smartphone arena
by Pepe7 / May 23, 2011 12:51 PM PDT
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You might reconsider since the choices are somewhat tepid of late. Personally, I would consider buying an unlocked, unbranded, non-ATT issued smartphone since you will likely be spending at least $100 anyway for a basic phone that doesn't do very much. I certainly wouldn't expect much from their free to $50 range of non-smartphones as upgrades. Heck one of those replacements likely won't even get the same reliable reception as your current taped RAZR. Also, unlimited data on a 'dumbphone' with a tiny screen makes little sense in this day and age. And yes, you *can* use a smartphone on ATT's network w/o having to change your data plan, btw. One of the following Nokias would fit the bill nicely IMHO and E.


Nokia C6

Nokia C6-01 (true, worldphone with all the GSM & WCDMA frequency bands), includes HD capability

Nokia C5-03


C3-00 (least expensive, but lacks 3G frequency bands)

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smart phone vs non
by mprofant / May 24, 2011 4:28 AM PDT

It's not so much the cost of the phone as it is the cost of the monthly services. Right now with unlimited data, text messaging, pictures, etc., I pay about $70.month.. And AT&T is the only service provider that has reliable service in my area (interesting because Verizon would be my landline). But if I can just install the SIM card from my Razr into a unlocked smart phone and not have to change plans, I'd love to do that. Right now I just can't afford to pay any higher monthly charges.

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Ignore the Chinese spammers below
by Pepe7 / May 24, 2011 5:39 AM PDT
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They seem to repeatedly come on with very cryptic responses that have odd bits of HTML code attached ;).

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Non smartphone to smartphone on att
by Patinla / June 26, 2011 2:05 AM PDT

I was reading your posts to Pepe7. I have a different situation and wonder if you can help me with it. I have a non smartphone with att at present with no data plan and would like to switch to an unlocked Nokia N8 smartphone. I am more interested in the picture and hd video recorder on the phone than a data plan. I would like to just insert my sim card and continue on without a data plan. Is this possible?

Thanks for your assistance.

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As long as....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 13, 2012 8:10 AM PDT

.....At&t cannot recognize the phone model (and they shouldn't with the N8) you should be able to keep using the phone without a data plan.

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smart phone vs non-smart phone
by sunnyNow / May 27, 2012 2:23 AM PDT

Several years ago I moved from Verizon to Razr with AT&T because I could not get a signal inside my home with Verizon. With the Razr I now am getting 3 bars. I would like to get a new phone but do not want to pay for data plans at present. I have a nice plan with AT&T and would prefer not to move to Verizon but would make the move for the right phone. My primary concern is still phone quality and reception quality. It would be nice to have a decent camera phone with a headset jack. Messaging is not required. What is your recomendation?

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i was looking at the nokia c5-03 and i am wondering if it is
by twin9987 / May 13, 2012 7:52 AM PDT

i was looking at the nokia c5-03 and i am wondering if it is a smartphone becuz i looked on google and it said it was but than u said it wasn't i am very confused?

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Does this still work?
by mommaterre / July 17, 2012 9:51 AM PDT

I was considering getting the Nokia and using my sim card from my non-smartphone.....

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by AccessoryGeeks / May 24, 2011 3:57 AM PDT
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Here is my recommendation:
The LG wine:
CDMA 850/1900
LCD display with true color.
48MB of memory.
850 mAh battery.

It's probably as good as a non-smart phone gets, with the added exterior appearances.

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Did you miss something? (LOL)
by Pepe7 / May 24, 2011 5:40 AM PDT
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What good is a CDMA phone on her ATT (GSM) network?

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here are your choices
by kimmykimmy / May 24, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
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But why bother with such ancient phones? (n/t)
by Pepe7 / July 18, 2012 4:25 AM PDT
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Check the posting date....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / July 18, 2012 4:43 AM PDT


You responded to a post from May 2011, of course the phones in that link are "outdated".

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