Section Editor Joni Blecher, a.k.a. the Cell Phone Diva, wants to answer all your questions about cell phones, service plans, and wireless connectivity. Send her a question!
A triple threat
What is the best combination camera/MP3 player/Internet-capable phone? I was looking at the Motorola MPx200
, but it doesn't have a camera.
The MPx200 has a built-in SD slot, which lets you expand memory--a key feature if you want to store MP3s on your phone. But at this point, the Motorola is a better fit for people who want to sync Microsoft Outlook info with their handset. Have you considered the Sony Ericsson P900
? We probably won't see it offered by carriers until next month, at which point subsidies should bring the price down a bit.
Among its features, the P900 includes a built-in camera that doubles as a video recorder; expandable memory via Sony's Memory Stick media; the ability to play MP3s and use any MP3 as a ring tone; and a large, 65,536-color touch-screen display that will make viewing Internet pages a pleasurable experience. If you don't like the MP3 player on the P900, try the version on the optional HBM-30 accessory, which also lets you receive incoming calls via Bluetooth. The only downside to the P900 is that it's a little chunky.
The old switcheroo
Are there any plans that allow you to keep your landline and add a cell phone with the same number?
Not yet. In some areas, you can move your landline number to your cell phone but not vice versa.
Just like starting over
I have a Samsung SCH-8500 and Sprint service, but I want to get a prepaid plan for this phone. Can I do this? It looks like all the prepaid companies want you to buy a new handset.
You're right--you can't do it. Unfortunately, if you want prepaid service, you'll have to start over, and you can't even keep your phone number. Prepaid numbers work on a totally different system than the monthly service accounts, so you can't switch between them easily. If you're still interested, a few companies that offer prepaid plans are Virgin Mobile
, AT&T Wireless
, Verizon Wireless
, and TracFone
. And you can always sell your phone on an auction site such as eBay, but make sure you close your account with Sprint first.