Top Picks for a new Cell Phone- ATT

Here are the top 5 regular cell phones to get if your getting a new cell phone for ATT, in the “free with contract” to $250 price range. Ratings provided from the Editor reviews at www.cnet.com . Pricing information is provided from the ATT Website www.wireless.att.com

1. Motorola Razr 2 V9 (large update to original Motorola Razr, notable updates include ATT 3G, 2 Mega-pixel Camera, 2 inch screen on the front with touch music controls, 2.2 inch screen on the inside, mahogany color for phone, and an all around smaller design).

Rated 8.0 out of 10, price $299.99 though can be had for $250 with rebate.

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Razr 2 V9

2. Motorola V3xx (same design as original Razr just with updates most noteably as ATT 3G, 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player,  and a shinier casing).

Rated 7.6  out of 10 on Cnet, $99.99 for Dark Grey/ Blackish color,  and $129.99 for Platinum, Pink and Ruby Red colors.

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Motorola Razr V3xx (Platinum)

3T.  Sony Ericsson W580i (slider phone, 2 Mega-pixel Camera, FM Radio, music player, 256 mb Memory Stick Micro Memory Card with the white version, Walkman with Shake Control for skipping music and shuffling tracks, and fitness programs like pedometer).

Rated 7.3 out of 10 on Cnet, $49.99  for White, Grey and Black colors.

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Sony Ericsson W580i (White)

3T. Samsung A737 (Slider phone, ATT 3G, 1.3 Mega-pixel Camera, ATT Video Share { a one way live video chat between two ATT  3G phones with Video Share in an ATT 3G area}, and music player).

Rated 7.3 out of 10 on Cnet, $24.99 for Blue, Orange, and Lime colors from ATT, exclusive Red color at Radio Shack.

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Samsung A737 (Blue, Lime, and Orange colors)

3T. Samsung Sync (flip phone, MP3 player, ATT 3G, ATT Video Share, music controls when screen is closed, 2 Mega-pixel Camera).

7.3 out of 10 on Cnet, $39.99 for Red, Blue, and Black colors.

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Samsung Sync (Red)

Some notes…. prices for phones are pre-plan choice and tax and just phone with standard 2 year contract…. more than the 3 mentioned above in the 3T. numbers have a rating of 7.3 on Cnet click on the following link to see all phones listed under ATT on Cnet (phones listed are also “smart-phones”- phones running Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Mac OS X, Symbian, and Palm):

 http://reviews.cnet.com/4566-6454_7-0.html?tag=dffl3_1&filter=1101538_105157_&sort=edRating7+desc… prices and information are as of 12/13/07 and can change, for more information on the phones or for the full reviews by Cnet with video and/or pictures, visit www.cnet.com and type in the name of the phone you want to look up in the search bar in the upper right corner of the web page. 

Some phones were not rated yet by Cnet and are out now, like the LG Shine and Samsung SLM, also not all phones are rated by Cnet…some phones are rumored to be receiving updates in the new year, and according to a post on www.engadget.com, one of those phones are the Razr 2 V9 which might be receiving Video Share among other features when an updated edition is released. Also mentioned in several reports including one from ATT’s CEO Randall Stepenson, is that an updated iPhone will be released with 3G capability, this is worth mentioning in order to watch if the current iPhone price goes down into this range of $250 or below, and goes without the special contract needed for use without unlocking the phone….. 

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LG Shine

I use a Razr 2 V9, a phone which I have had for about 2 months, and I am very pleased with it in terms of calls, music, and texting, though remember the phone you choose is up to you and that choice may vary on your budget, type of style and phone, intent of use among anything else you take into account. This list is just here to give you an idea of the phone so you understand what your getting and so that your shopping experience will be easier (both for you and your parents).

For more information on Cell Phone terms see the Cell Phone Guide in our Tech Terms category: http://tech4teens.wordpress.com/category/tech-terms/. Enjoy!

UPDATE– LG Shine (silver, slider phone, 2 Megapixel camera with flash, ATT 3G, ATT Video Share, MP3 Player) and the Samsung SLM (flip phone, 2 Megapixel camera, ATT 3G, ATT Video Share, ability to download music straight to phone, MP3 Player) were reviewed today by Cnet. The Shine which is priced at $149.99 received a 7.7 out of 10, the SLM which is priced at $129.99 and available in blue and black received a 6.7 out of 10 from Cnet.         

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