The 411: A T-Mobile smartphone without a data plan

Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I’m stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.

Dear Nicole:
I want a CURRENT cell phone. The problem is, I am unable to find a phone other than the smartphones that have the features I want. Please assist me in choosing a phone. I use my phone for calling when I am away from home. I prefer to use the speaker phone option, so voice quality, both reception and delivery, are important. I rarely text, but I often take pictures so I need something more powerful than a 2.0 megapixel camera. I travel abroad frequently and therefore, a GSM cell phone is essential. In addition, I need the option of charging my phone in my car. My NEW phone preference would be a touch screen, although I have no problem with a slider phone. I currently have a Motorola RIZR Z3 – Rose. The phone is OLD, texting is awkward and the camera does not take QUALITY pictures. I have access to the Internet at home and at work, and this is the only reason I am resisting a smartphone. I do not want to pay extra for a service I do not think I will use. Am I right or wrong? Please suggest some phones for me. I am currently with T Mobile… [Read more]

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