You're in luck: Even though most phones with QWERTY keyboards are indeed smart phones
like the Treo or the BlackBerry, there are a few simpler keyboard-equipped cell phones out there. The most recent example is the LG enV VX9900
, a slick multimedia phone with a QWERTY keyboard as well as an alphanumeric keypad. While it won't bog you down with corporate e-mail, it does support Verizon's V Cast streaming-video service as well as the V Cast Music store. The enV is very competitively priced at only $150 with service. If you prefer something from the GSM aisle, there's the T-Mobile Sidekick 3
, which also has a QWERTY keyboard, though it does not come with an alphanumeric keypad. This pared-down phone won't be able to read a Word document, but it will let you e-mail and send instant messages to your heart's content. The Sidekick 3 is a little more expensive, at about $250 with service. If you want an even more pared-down version, there's the Kyocera Switch Back
, a simple QWERTY-keyboard phone available for about $150 from Virgin Mobile.
That said, I wouldn't write off a Treo or a BlackBerry altogether. The new Palm Treo 680
and the recent RIM BlackBerry Pearl
are both available for about $200 with service. So for about the same price, you actually get a lot more features and functionality--just in case you ever do want to check up on work e-mail.