"Moving to the internet league"4.0 starson by EliseT
Pros: Nice and small
Loudspeaker easy to see and access when in conversation
Notifies you when you get a text, email
Cons: Headphone jack non-standard
Summary: Being cost conscious, I've been hobbling along on an old basic samsung AT&T phone that my husband had when he left ATT. I had a nicer lg phone, but my grand daughter got a hold of it, chewed on it, & it stopped working. With my basic service, everytime someone would text me, I'd groan and tack on another 20 cents to my bill.One thing I forgot to mention. It's true, the only way to enter a number to call is embedded in the slide out keys. My older eyes have a bit of a problem with this. Also, I have over 1000 contacts so scrolling is very slow. The workaround is to use the speed dialing. Daughter 2-call, friend 4-call, etc.
Meanwhile, more and more of my friends would be zipping around with smartphones & responding to emails anytime & anyplace, checking prices online while shopping, texting, exchanging pictures thru text, etc. My son came home with one last year, out of the blue, on our family plan...grrrrrrrr. I thoroughly researched the cost to get a smart phone and add it on for me with ATT, but just couldn't justify the cost and commitment.
The Straight Talk plans I'd heard about were just too good. My husband's obligation to ATT ended and he got a 401 Samsung phone with Straight Talk a couple of months ago. It gets 1000 min of voice, 1000 texts & 30mg internet for $30 a month with no commitment. I played with it, but what I need is a phone that will automaticlly pick up my email and let me know when it comes in. His is nice, but it won't do that . Also, the internet is existant, but seems to take a lot of work to get to a site and see anything.
Anyway, my second hand phone shut itself off for the 4th time the other day. I went online to again research my options and discovered that Straight Talk now has smart phones! After looking at the 2 choices, I decided on the 6790 because I was really unsure whether I could manage the tiny keyboard on the other one.
I love it! I've already synced (via bluetooth to my laptop) my contacts and calendar from Outlook. Every time I get near my computer, it automatically syncs. Also added some pictures to contacts and assigned them unique ring tones (songs downloaded from itunes on my pc). I set the ringtones/notification tones for email, text, im, reminders & voice calls, took a picture of my grand daugher reaching towards me to get the phone (no,no,no!), viewed a couple of youtube videos, discovered I couldn't view a abc7.com news clip, viewed my location on the gps while driving (it moves with you-I think I'll stick with my regular GPS),used 411 (got back a text with name, address and phone number after being connected), used it with my bluetooth earpiece for calls & listened to a couple of songs on the tiny speaker. Sound was not too bad for a tiny speaker...
A client emailed me & I got a beep, viewed the email and responded within seconds! Sweet! The internet looks and acts better than it does on my husband's phone. I searched the MLS, & viewed pictures. EZ. The internet acts much like it does on my laptop, though it has a miniature screen. The time to load is just a couple of seconds longer than my broadband connection at home, if that.
There are a couple of glitches I'm working on right now, but it may just be a learning curve. The main one is that I'm getting the "memory full, get rid of something" type message. The little card still has 2GB on it and none of the songs I downloaded are on it. I downloaded them by dragging and dropping into "Nokia PC Suite" (downloaded from nokia.com). I can not find the place to signify where to store pictures, music, etc.
Overall, I'm thrilled...Straight Talk for $45 a month (after buying the phone). No tax. No extra charges. No commitment. Unlimited everything! This phone doesn't work on the $30 plan. It's still a bargain!
Updated on Nov 6, 2010