Before you decide what phone you get, you have to see which carriers offer service in your area. After that, you will decide which phone to get. Remember, not all phones work with all carriers.
I live just outside Ottawa, Canada in a "black hole". My cellphone is my only phone, and the reception where I live is somewhat lacking, to say the least. My current cellphone is a Nokia 3595, which at time of purchase, I was assured, had the best reception. Based on nearly a year's use, that's not saying much. What I'm looking for is the phone that has better reception. I'm not worried about most cellphone features, don't need a cameraphone, main criteria is reception, followed by small size. How do I compare cellphone performance, or is there a site that actually provides a meaningful review of performance?