The amount of "stuff" on the cell phone websites is just mind-boggling. I am having a lot of trouble just navigating information with acronyms and pictures and DEALS and offers and MORE DEALS.
I have a need to get a new phone. Now, this new phone can be almost anything. I don't need a smartphone. My only requirements are that it can call people when I type in numbers and it can send/receive text messages like 30 times per month. Most of my calls will be evening/weekends. Oh, and it needs to have the same number as my old phone. I don't need a keyboard, I can type the messages as slowly as possible and still be okay.
Here's where the problem comes in. I need a phone, but I'm going to be using it very rarely in January. Then, from February until April it will still be rare that I use it. But I need a contact number. What I do need in that time is access on my netbook to the internet. Wirelessly. Without local Wi-Fi or whatever. I believe they call this "tethering". I don't need a whole lot of data, maybe a few hundred MB to a GB per month (like for checking bills, emails, this forum, etc).
After April, I'll probably [strike]get a smartphone, use it a lot, and[/strike] lose the tethering. (Not sure about my future personal phone requirements yet). So I really, really don't want to sign up for a 2-yr contract for anything. I also want to pay as little as possible obviously.
Anyone have an idea for a phone or plan?