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The 5 – Mobile Phones That Don’t Look Prepaid

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The 5 – Mobile Phones That Don’t Look Prepaid
The prepaid wireless market is hot so hot that Sprint decided it wasnt enough to just lease its wireless network to Virgin Mobile, it went ahead and bought the entire company. Prepaid offers some advantages over contract plans, most notably in the fact that you dont have a contract. Youre free to come and go as you please and can better budget your spending. While prepaid phones have come a long way in form and function, theyre generally not the slickest handsets out there. Still, you can find some gems in this episode of The 5, Rich DeMuro takes a look at five mobile phones that dont look prepaid.

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HEY THERE I’M RICH DEMURO AND WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF THE 5!
IN THIS EPISODE WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT PHONES THAT DON’T LOOK PREPAID.
OVERALL, PREPAID WIRELESS MINUTES ARE MORE EXPENSIVE…
BUT YOU DON’T HAVE A CONTRACT.
JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO GO MONTH-TO-MONTH DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO CARRY AROUND A BARE-BONES FLIP.
THESE PHONES HAVE SOME POPULAR FEATURES.
KEEP IN MIND – EVEN THOUGH MANY OF THEM FEATURE A FULL KEYBOARD – THEY’RE NOT EXACTLY SMARTPHONES.

((NUMBER 1))

FIRST UP ON OUR LIST…
THE MOTOROLA CLUTCH I-465 FROM BOOST MOBILE.
THIS PHONE COMBINES THE BLEEP BLEEP YOU DEPEND ON WITH THE FLEXIBILITY OF A FULL KEYBOARD.

YOU DEFINITELY DON’T HAVE TO BE A MATH GENIUS TO OWN THIS PHONE…
BOOST MOBILE GIVES YOU UNLIMITED VOICE, WEB, WALKIE-TALKIE, MESSAGING AND MORE FOR JUST 50 BUCKS A MONTH.
THE CLUTCH FEATURES A FULL QWERTY KEYBOARD, BLUETOOTH AND GPS…
HOWEVER THE THIRD OF A MEGAPIXEL CAMERA WILL LEAVE YOU WITH PRETTY PATHETIC PICTURES.

((NUMBER 2))

NEXT ON OUR LIST OF PHONES THAT DON’T LOOK PREPAID…
THE SAMSUNG FINESSE FROM METRO PCS.
IT FEATURES A FULL FACED TOUCH SCREEN.

THE PHONE RUNS SAMSUNG’S PROPRIETARY TOUCH-WIZ INTERFACE.
THERE’S AN HTML BROWSER, 2 MEGAPIXEL CAMERA, GPS AND EMAIL.
METRO PCS UNLIMITED SERVICE IS LIMITED TO CERTAIN MARKETS AND IS BEST IF YOU DON’T TRAVEL MUCH.

((WORTH MENTION))

WORTH A MENTION IN OUR LIST OF PHONES THAT DON’T LOOK PREPAID…
THE VERIZON BLITZ…
IT’S DIRT CHEAP…
BUT STILL PACKS SOME GREAT FEATURES.

THE BEST ONE BEING THE VERIZON WIRELESS NETWORK.
LET’S FACE IT…
WITH A LOT OF PREPAID PHONES, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
BLITZ WILL GET YOU ON THE SAME HIGH-QUALITY NETWORK AS A PLAN WITH A 2 YEAR CONTRACT.
BLITZ SPORTS A SLIDE OUT QWERTY KEYBOARD, BLUETOOTH, EMAIL, CAMERA AND EVEN RUNS VZ NAVIGATOR.

((NUMBER 3))

NUMBER 3 IN OUR LIST OF 5 PHONES THAT DON’T LOOK PREPAID…
A PHONE FROM AT&T THAT GIVES YOU ALL THE BIG LEAGUE FEATURES – WITHOUT THE EXPENSIVE MONTHLY BILL.
THE SAMSUNG A-177 IS A MESSAGING PHONE WITHOUT THE FUSS.

NOTHING GROUNDBREAKING ABOUT THIS GO PHONE…
BUT IT’S PACKED WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KEEP IN TOUCH.
THERE’S A FULL KEYBOARD TO TEXT, EMAIL AND IM.
THERE’S ALSO A CAMERA, AND MOBILE BROWSER.
SINCE IT’S AT&T, YOU GET COVERAGE ANYWHERE YOU GO – IN THE U-S OR ABROAD.

((NUMBER 4))

VIRGIN MOBILE SHOOK UP THE PREPAID WIRELESS MARKET WITH THEIR NO-NONSENSE PLANS AND PHONES TARGETED TOWARDS TEXT-HEAVY TEENS.
SPRINT RECENTLY ACQUIRED THE COMPANY…
SO CHANGES MIGHT BE IN STORE.
THE X-TC BY KYOCERA HAS A FUNNY NAME BUT YOU’LL APPRECIATE IT’S FEATURES.

THE FRONT OF THE PHONE HAS A BIG, BRIGHT SCREEN…
A QUICK ROTATION REVEALS A SLIDE OUT KEYBOARD.
ALL YOUR BASICS ARE COVERED – BLUETOOTH, BROWSER, EMAIL AND IM.
THROW IN GAMES AND AN MP3 PLAYER AND YOU’LL BE SAYING TOP ME UP IN NO TIME!
UNLIKE OTHER PREPAIDS,
VIRGIN MOBILE KEEPS YOUR NUMBER ACTIVE FOR A YEAR EVEN IF YOU DON’T LOAD MINUTES FOR A WHILE.

((NUMBER 5))

FINALLY ON OUR LIST OF PHONES THAT DON’T LOOK PREPAID…
A PHONE THAT HAS BECOME THE ENVY OF THUMBS EVERYWHERE.
THE BLACKBERRY IS ALL BUSINESS…
BUT YOU CAN MAKE IT YOUR PRE-PAID PLEASURE THANKS TO T-MOBILE.

WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR?
THE BLACKBERRY PEARL YOU KNOW AND LOVE IN ALL IT’S PRE-PAID GLORY.
SURE YOU’LL PAY A BIT MORE FOR THE PHONE UPFRONT…
BUT SOON YOU’LL BE SURFING AND HUDDLED OVER IN THE BLACKBERRY PRAYER POSITION.
THE TINY KEYPAD WILL TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO.
AS A BONUS, THIS VERSION OF THE PEARL FEATURES WI-FI FOR SUPERFAST SURFING.

THERE YOU HAVE IT…
5 PHONES THAT DON’T LOOK PREPAID.
IN CASE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT A PREPAID IPHONE…
AT&T SAYS THE 3G-S ISN’T APPROVED FOR USE WITH GOPHONE PLANS.
IF ALL OF THESE PHONE ARE TOO FANCY FOR YOU –
THERE’S ALWAYS TRACPHONE.
I’M RICH DEMURO, SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON THE 5.



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