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AT&T F160: Simple calling for free

You simply can't get a better price than the free ZTE-made AT&T F160--so long as you can live with its minor faults.

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Watch this: AT&T F160

Don't be fooled by the AT&T F160's plain-Jane appearance. It may not cost you a cent when you sign up for a new two-year contract with AT&T, but this isn't the sorry, underpowered clump of electronics you might expect a carrier to throw you gratis.

Instead, you'll find a quite decent cell phone that's perfect for making calls. A very responsive dial pad makes texting painless. This is one phone that definitely grew on us the more we used it. The F160 isn't without its flaws, but it's a great deal if you can live with the imperfections--free with a two-year contract.