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US government probing handset makers ZTE, Huawei

The names ZTE and Huawei were essentially unknown a few years ago, but since about 2008 they’ve steadily grown their brands in the US. Prepaid Reviews readers in particular have become familiar with the brands, as they have provided handsets for carriers such as MetroPCS and Cricket. But because they’re both China-based companies, their rapid growth has raised eyebrows within the US government. Reps. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D., Md.) have headed an effort. Yesterday they sent requests to the companies that outline their concerns. The main issue: espionage.

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The Top Five HTC Prepaid Phones

HTC phones are quickly becoming user favorites in the cell phone marketplace. Offered by every major mobile carrier, each HTC phone is designed for a different type of user. So whether you prefer your phone for gaming, working, or playing, HTC has what you’re looking for. And if you want to do these things on an affordable prepaid plan, here are your best bets:

HTC Wildfire S

htc wildfire s

The HTC Wildfire S is unquestionably the best go-to phone for those preferring to keep track of their phone budget with a prepaid mobile plan. This sleek device runs on the latest Android platform, so you have instant access to thousands of apps on the Android Market.

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5 good reasons to get a prepaid Android smartphone

It seems that prepaid carriers are catching up to postpaid carriers in at least one way. They might not have as many smartphones as postpaid carriers, and the ones they do have might not be as high-tech. But it does seem that a high proportion of new handset releases from prepaid carriers are smartphones. That means each carrier has a growing collection of them. Yet some prepaid users might remain reluctant. After all, one of prepaid’s biggest draws is the pricing. Since smartphones cost more, both up front and per month, they might not make sense for many users.

Still, there are reasons to get a phone beyond cost. If you’re thinking about a prepaid Android smartphone but are still unsure, here are a few good reasons to get one.

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Why Android smartphones are perfect for prepaid

If you follow the blog often, you know that there is an increasing number of Android smartphones available for prepaid services. This is just another indicator of how much the industry has changed in the past few years. When we first started blogging about prepaid wireless services — all the way back in May of 2007 — there were no prepaid smartphones. In fact, smartphones weren’t very big at all. BlackBerry was by far the best option, and the iPhone hadn’t even hit the market. Now there are dozens of smartphones available from a number of prepaid carriers. But no matter where you look, Android provides the best value.
 

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The cost savings of a prepaid BlackBerry

Years ago prepaid wireless services gave people a way to own a cell phone without requiring a credit check or contract. While they still serve that purpose today, they’ve also expanded their reach. Now prepaid wireless services can present a viable alternative to postpaid cellular service. Many carriers have started offering smartphones and data plans, too. Yet there are some stigmas still attached to prepaid wireless services that keep people away. If we look a bit below the surface, we can see many instances where prepaid does save over postpaid, even for BlackBerry smartphone customers.
 

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The best prepaid cell phones for seniors

Everyone has different needs for a cell phone. A college student might want the benefits of an Android smartphone, a younger teenager might want a messaging-heavy device, and a parent might have need only for basic calling and texting. But cell phones aren’t just for the young. Seniors have their own needs for cell phones, too. There are a few carriers that cater to them — specifically Jitterbug and Consumer Cellular — but they needn’t be the be all, end all of senior cell phones. There options on many other carriers can can fit a senior well.
 
Before we dive in, though, a quick note on stereotypes. This list isn’t just going to be big-buttoned phones with huge displays. That would be pretty shallow of us. Instead, it will contain phones from carriers with straightforward plans. That’s the best solution for everyone, really, isn’t it?
 

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The best in prepaid smartphones

When this site opened its doors, the idea of a prepaid smartphone was laughable. Prepaid wireless carriers were more concerned with offering pay-as-you-go rates and cheap phones. That satisfied the bottom end of the cellular market, a portion that big contract carriers had ignored. Since then the environment has changed dramatically. Prepaid carriers now cater to more varied demographics and offer plans that mimic postpaid ones. This development has necessarily led to the introduction of smartphones on prepaid carriers.
 
Here’s a rundown of what you can find in terms of smartphone on current prepaid carriers.
 

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Prepaid cell phones under $50: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Boost, Virgin

The new trend in the prepaid world appears to be higher-end phones. We’re seeing many carriers introduce Android handsets and other smartphones to keep people interested. But when it comes to prepaid, that doesn’t always play. Oftentimes people are looking for a good deal on a handset, since they want to talk, and maybe text. Otherwise they’d be with a contract carrier. What follows is a list of prepaid phones, from our featured pay-as-you-go cell phone providers, that will cost you $50 or less. That’s not so common in prepaid land.

Today we’ll go with the major carriers and their prepaid arms. Next week we’ll look at MVNOs and regional carriers.

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Samsung Gem Android device headed for regional CDMA carrier

There certainly is a market for entry level Android smartphones. LG has one in the Optimus One, and that device is selling like mad — and it will soon be heading to Virgin Mobile.The above-pictured device is the Samsung Gem, and it will head to regional CDMA carriers sometime in the near future. The device features a 3.2 inch touchscreen, 800MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, and microSD expansion up to 16GB. Unfortunately, it will come with Android 2.1. Given how we’ve seen Android updates progress, I doubt this one ever gets 2.2 or higher. We’re not sure when, where, or for how much this device will launch, but it should be soon, regional carriers, and cheap.

Via Phone Scoop.

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The best prepaid cell phones for kids this holiday season

Are you thinking of getting your child a cell phone for Christmas? If so, you’re not alone. The question of when to get your child a cell phone has been asked more frequently, and been debated more hotly, in recent years. And why not? Cell phones are basically universal at this point. A kid might not need a cell phone, but as we proved from creation through 2000, none of us really needs one. If you do think your child is ready for the responsibility of having a cell phone, here are a few options that will suit him or her well.

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Motorola i706 passes through FCC

Whenever an low-level iDEN device passes through the FCC our attention immediately turns to Boost Mobile. Sure, it could be headed for Nextel, but Boost can better handle lower-end devices because it doesn’t offer as large a subsidy as its postpaid counterpart. The slider device features a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth, and an FM radio. We know little else about the device, but because it’s hit the FCC expect an announcement in the not so distant future.

Via PhoneNews.com.

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Huawei Android phone could be headed for prepaid

Above is the Huawei IDEOS, an Android-driven device that will hit markets in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The GSM bands make it look like a fit for AT&T, though it could be a postpaid offering there. The tri-band CDMA radio, however, suggests a launch with an AWS carrier, meaning Cricket and MetroPCS. It looks like a pretty heavy duty handset, featuring Android 2.2 (a/k/a Froyo), GPS, Wi-Fi, microSD expansion, and more. In other words, it figures to top the Kyocera Rio. There is no word on availability, and even the pricing, said by Huawei to be between $127 and $179, doesn’t seem appropriate for prepaid.

Mobile Burn via Phone Scoop.

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Motorola announces the WX404, a/k/a Grasp

Among the new handsets we saw over the past few weeks, one of the more exciting ones was the Motorola WX404. It’s a full-QWERTY device that kind of looks like a BlackBerry, right down to the trackpad in the center. We knew that, because it has a tri-band CDMA radio, that it’s headed for MetroPCS, Cricket, or both. We still don’t have the answer to that question, but via PhoneNews.com we learn of the official announcement from Motorola. That green exterior is a BFR and PVC free casing, and the housing is completely recyclable. Other than that it’s what we expected, a 1.3 megapixel camera and media functions. The device can also support a microSD card of up to 8GB.

We still don’t know pricing, release, or carrier, but we’ll surely hear from Cricket or Metro soon enough.

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Pair of handsets hit the FCC

This week we saw two ZTE handsets pass through the FCC, and it looks like they’re headed for prepaid carriers. First, via Phone Scoop, is the ZTE A310 (left), which will hit Cricket as the MSGM8 II. It doesn’t look like too big an upgrade over the original MSGM8, but instead is probably just a refresh. There has been no announcement on either end, but it shouldn’t be long. These things tend to develop pretty quickly after FCC approval.

The other, via Wireless Goodness, is the Samsung SCH-R900 (right). We’ve heard about this one before. It figures to be the first LTE handset for MetroPCS. It is Wi-Fi enabled, but there aren’t many details beyond that. It is interesting, though, that it has passed through the FCC. It could signal that Metro is readying its LTE services.

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Motorola WX404 could be ready for prepaid carriers

Whenever we see a device at the FCC that carriers a tri-band CDMA radio, it’s a safe assumption that it’s headed for MetroPCS, Cricket, or both. The latest such device, via Phone Scoop, is the Motorola WX404. It’s a BlackBerry-style QWERTY device complete with trackpad. It also has other basic features, including SD card support and a media player. It sounds like a decent entry for either Metro or Cricket. There are no details of when this will arrive, but once it hits the FCC we’re usually within a month or so.

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Look for more Android prepaid handsets

Google’s Android operating system is really starting to hit its stride. It seems like a new device running the OS is released every week. These run from middling handsets to big-time ones, like the Droid Incredible, EVO 4G, and the Droid X. In our space we’re examining the lower end of the market, and to that end we’re starting to see some Android activity. The Motorola i1 is a slightly higher end model, but for the most part carriers are getting lower end handsets. Specifically, we should see the Kyocera Zio on a number of carriers later this summer. According to a recent Bloomberg News article, we could see more of that in the future, too.

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Will prepaid capture the feature phone market?

While we’ve seen a number of smartphones and smartphone plans hit prepaid carriers, their bread and butter remains with feature phones. These are often older models that carriers can provide cheaply without a subsidy. Customers can more easily afford them, which makes for easier access to prepaid services. Feature phone shipments, though, are down. Handset shipments grew just 21.7 percent year-over-year from Q1 2009 to Q1 2010, but the smartphone sector fueled that growth, increasing shipments by 56.7 percent year-over-year. It made me wonder if we’ll see people sign contracts only for high-end smartphones, with feature phones heading mostly to prepaid.

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Could AT&T offer the new Pantech touch slider for GoPhone?

In our hunt for new prepaid phones, the other day we came across a new Pantech touchscreen slider on Phone Scoop. There’s clear indication that the phone is headed for AT&T, but everything else looks up in the air. After glancing over the phone — a smallish model with a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, touch screen, Bluetooth, and a music player — I thought, maybe this could hit GoPhone. After all, AT&T already has a number of better devices for its postpaid customers, and is even rumored to be getting an Android device early next year. It’s just my own speculation at this point, but I would not at all be surprised to see the phone hit GoPhone for around $120. We’ll stay on top of this one.

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Are high-end handsets good for prepaid?

We talked recently about how Sprint is focussing on the top and bottom of the market with their 4G WiMax service and dual-headed prepaid division, featuring Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. But they’re keeping these entities separate. WiMax customers will deal with Clearwire, a Sprint partner. They won’t be sold prepaid wireless plans. Prepaid customers will continue to deal with Boost and Virgin. They won’t be targeted, necessarily, for WiMax. Yet one research executive thinks that high-end handsets are a good thing for prepaid.

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Do you recycle your old prepaid handsets?

The worst thing you can do with an old phone is to throw it in the trash. It then goes to the landfill, where not only do the valuable parts of the phone waste away, but the materials can pollute the soil. This is especially a problem for prepaid users, who are more likely to change handsets frequently. There isn’t a uniform push to recycle electronics like there has been to recycle bottles, cans, and cardboard, but programs still do exist. According to a recent survey by ABI Research, just 38 percent of respondents have recycled a mobile phone. That’s not a terrible number, considering the circumstances, but the survey found some ominous information about the remaining 62 percent.

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Best phones under $100 from major prepaid carriers

No one wants to spend a lot money on a phone. But to get a good one these days, you’ll have to pay hundreds of dollars. That can be an even bigger burden for prepaid users, who, because they don’t sign two-year contracts, pay full price for phones, while contract users get discounts in the form of a subsidy. Even so, there are sometimes deals to be made. Over the next week we’ll take a look at prepaid phone bargains from various carriers. Today we’ll take the major carriers: AT&T GoPhone, Verizon prepaid, T-Mobile, and Boost Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid arm.

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Motorola announces Quantico, could be headed for MetroPCS

We cover every possible new prepaid handset, and after a while it becomes rote. IT seems like every phone features a 1.3 megapixel camera (or worse, VGA), Bluetooth, and maybe microSD expansion, but not much else. That pretty much describes the Motorola Quantico, which the company officially announced yesterday. Like the Morotola i335, the Quantico is built from chrome, glass, mesh, and rubber, and features military-spec 810F compliance, which means it can handle drops and spills. There’s no word on pricing or carriers, but because it’s an AWS phone we can expect a release through MetroPCS and possibly Cricket.

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New company brings unlocked, cheap phones to prepaid

The CTIA I.T. & Entertainment conference is upon us, and from it we’re going to hear reports of new devices and services. Among them is Kempler & Strauss, which is producing unlocked, advanced handsets targeted at the prepaid space. Wireless Week takes a look at the operation. Pictured above is the Billionaire 7, a BlackBerry-like device with a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen. Next to is is the company’s take on a watch phone, something attempted in the past by many but successfully marketed by none. The device looks pretty loaded and pretty cheap. Details after the jump.

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Pair of phones outed by FCC, headed to prepaid?

Above are two phones which have recently passed through the FCC, and which could be headed for prepaid. The more likely one is the Samsung on the right. Phone Scoop notes that it’s a GSM device with Bluetooth, FM radio, and a 1 megapixel camera. If that’s not headed for prepaid, I don’t know what is. Could be a T-Mobile release, though you can’t rule out AT&T GoPhone. The one on the left is definitely headed for T-Mobile, a Nokia model equipped with a 3G radio. This makes me think it’s set for postpaid, as does the 3.2 megapixel camera. Still, it’s a pretty basic phone, and could certainly be attractive on T-Mobile’s growing prepaid service. Look for announcements of these two devices in the weeks to come.

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Could low-end smartphones be prepaid’s answer?

Over the past few years, prepaid has made quite the metamorphosis. Once a last resort for folks with poor or even no credit, it has turned into a true cost-saving alternative. It has its pros and its cons, but it is more useful for more people now than it was three years ago. So what’s the next step for prepaid? Well, in addition to unlimited calling plans, we’re starting to see some data plans emerge. What good is a data plan, though, without a proper device? Prepaid needs some low-end smartphones.

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Which of these phones will land on prepaid?

Above is one of four phones Samsung has added to its website. It’s the M2310, and as you can see it is a basic, basic clamshell. It offers little beyond a music player (with up to 8GB expandable memory) and a VGA camera. This makes me think that it could be slated for a prepaid release, if in fact it hits the U.S. shelves. If so, look for AT&T or T-Mobile, since they’re the GSM providers in America. Also making an appearance on the website, all of which are music phones: M2510, a slider with a 1.3 megapixel camera, the C5510, a slider with a 2 megapixel camera and up to 16GB expansion, and the S6700, with the same expandable memory but with a 3 megapixel camera. There’s absolutely no word on pricing or availability, but they’re headed somewhere in the not so distant future.

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Prepaid phones can help postpaid customers

Imagine this scenario: You’re toting around your cell phone, walking around a pool. Some wise guy decides to get a laugh at your expense and shoves you in — wallet, phone, keys, and all. While the wallet and keys will eventually dry, your cell phone might not recover. Sure you can stick it in a bag of rice, but even then recovery is not guaranteed. So what do you do then? Postpaid phones are expensive, especially if you don’t have an upgrade available. As Consumerist notes, a prepaid phone might be your best bet.

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New ZTE C90 passes through FCC

Remember when we learned that ZTE and MetroPCS would team up for LTE phones? Yeah, this is not that. It’s just the ZTE C90, which just passed through the FCC. As you can see, it’s a full QWERTY model, which should make heavy text messagers happy. It also has microSD support for up to 2GB, GPS, 1.3 megapixel camera, media player, and Bluetooth. It runs on hte AWS spectrum, so figure this to be another for MetroPCS, the only place we’ve really seen ZTE phones in the U.S.

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Prepaid getting better handset selection

Continuing on with our following of the mainstream media’s newfound obsession with prepaid wireless, we turn today to Bob Tedeschi of the New York Times, who writes on the topic of prepaid phones. Once upon a time, if you wanted prepaid wireless service you had to settle for a crappy, low-end phone. Even nowadays when you go into a retail store and purchase a prepaid phone package, chances are it’s coming with a mediocre phone at best. Yet many carriers have upped the quality of their handset offerings.

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New Motorola phone primed for Cricket and MetroPCS

See that? Yes, it looks just like almost every other Motorola phone to hit the market over the next few years. Yes, it’s the newest Motorola model to pass through the FCC. There’s no word on exactly which carrier will host it, but according to Electronista, it runs on the 1,700 MHz AWS band, the very same one used by rival carriers MetroPCS and Cricket wireless. So look for an announcement by either or both carriers in the coming weeks and months. While little is known about the handset, it looks unimpressive at first glance.

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Donate your old phone to charity

As we slog through the week between Christmas and New Year’s, news might be a bit light. So instead of just going dark, we’re going to talk about various prepaid issues. Today it’s phone recycling. Cell phones are always a hot holiday gift, and everyone is always excited to get a new one up and activated. But what about old reliable? Many times, an old phone can end up in a drawer or worse, in a landfill. While it’s always good to have a backup (you never know when your phone will get wet), you can find a way to put that old handset to good use.

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AT&T offers Pantech Slate to GoPhone

That’s the Pantech Slate, a full-QWERTY offering from AT&T which is now available without a contract from Go Phone. In addition to the keyboard, it has a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a Web browser, and a 176 x 220 resolution display (2.2 inch screen). The bad news: it doesn’t have a music player. If you can deal with that, then you might have a match with the Slate. AT&T is offering it at $179.99 with their Web discount. However, if you activate it with a data and/or messaging plan, you can receive a $50 mail-in rebate. The language: “Mail-in rebate requires activation on up to a $35 per month data or messaging plan.” Phone News notes that you can also get it if you maintain active service for 120 days.

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Motorola Hint hits Alltel U prepaid

You have to love it when a fancy-looking phone like this hits prepaid — and for a decent price. Though the device’s launch has been known for some time, we get official word from Engadget that the Motorola Hint QA30 has dropped. As you can see, it’s a sleek phone, though it looks a bit stubby. Out from behind the screen slides a full QWERTY keyboard for your texting and Web-browsing needs. It also features an MP3 player with expandable memory up to 8GB. You can nab it through Alltel U prepaid for just $119.99. Yep, that’s the no-contract price.

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Verizon launching self-branded CDM8950 on INpulse

It’s always nice when we get a new Verizon INpulse phone, since they don’t have a wide selection. The latest addition, which should hit shelves on December 3, is the CDM8950, a self-branded clamshell. It’s really nothing special, though it does feature EVDO, meaning you can get VZW services like VZ Navigator. Oh, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. Pic after the jump.

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Consumers want cameras on their phones

We know that prepaid camera phones are hot, but just how hot are they? According to a Strategy Analytics report, hotter than you might imagine. Turns out, consumers want a camera more than any other add-on phone feature, and are willing to pay the most for its inclusion. Given the prevalence of photo sharing and social networking sites like flickr, Photo Bucket, MySpace, and Facebook, just to name a few, this trend makes perfect sense. People want to capture the moment and share it with others, and this is eminently attainable with a cellular phone.

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Cricket, MetroPCS add Motorola VE240

Looks like Cricket and MetroPCS are doing more than a few things together. The latest is their dual announcement of the Motorola VE240. It’s a neat-ish phone, an MP3 candybar that features 1X data. It comes with the basics: Bluetooth, speakerphone, and even a dedicated music key. You can also use microSD cards of up to 4GB. The prices and availability will be determined by each company, though I didn’t find either of them yet.

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Review of the Virgin Mobile Arc (by UTStarcom)

We’re back today with our second handset review. A few weeks ago, we reviewed the Samsung Slash. Sticking with Virgin Mobile, today we’ll take a look at the Arc by UTStarcom. The phone launched in July, and has since come out in various colors. One poster on Howard Forums noted that a gold version is available at Target. I got the red one.

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Review of the Samsung Slash for Virgin Mobile

In what we hope will be the first of an ongoing series, we’ll start taking a look at handsets offered by the major prepaid carriers. First up is the Samsung Slash, available through Virgin Mobile USA. We covered the Slash when it was first announced, and even linked to a not-so-kind review. However, we’re not just going to take someone else’s word for it. We’re going to take a look for ourselves and check out what this baby can do.

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The hottest prepaid phones for teens this Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like…fall. In this day in age, though, that means preparations can start for the holiday season. If you head to your local retailer — Target, Lowes, Wal-Mart, you’ll begin seeing Christmas decorations, despite the fact that we’re a month away from Halloween. Since we like to get an early jump on things, we might as well take this opportunity to talk about hot prepaid cell phone deals for the holiday season. No, prepaid phones normally aren’t as glitzy as their postpaid counterparts. We’re sure, though, that we can find a few models that will light up the eyes of any teen as they unwrap it from under the Christmas tree.

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AT&T GoPhone gets Motorola RAZR in red

Remember the days when everyone had a RAZR? I hardly see ‘em anymore, but that doesn’t mean the cell companies aren’t selling them. Word is now, via Phone News, that AT&T will start carrying the RAZR in red. Apparently, they’d wanted to for a while, but couldn’t because of some strange exclusivity deal on the color with Sprint. Now that Sprint has discontinued the RAZR, it looks like AT&T is in the clear. You can get it now at AT&T’s website.

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The best prepaid phones for text messaging

Text messaging is a craze. It’s more popular than even phone calls: Americans send and receive and average of 357 text messages per month against an average of 204 phone calls. It is especially popular among the younger crowds. Teens aged 13 through 17 send and receive and average of 1,742 texts per month, while holding just 231 phone calls. Even the coveted 18 to 24 demographic has texts ahead of calls, 790 to 265. Today, we’ll look through our pay as you go cell phone providers and see which phones stack up best for button tapping.

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Get the Sony Ericsson W580i Walkman on AT&T Go Phone for $110

The Sony Ericsson W580i Walkman phone has been available through AT&T Go Phone for a while now, but it always hovered at that prohibitive $160 price. Now we see, via dealnews, that AT&T has sweetened the pot with a $50 rebate. You can get it now at the AT&T website.

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First Open Development phone set to hit Verizon

Last November, I was shocked to hear that Verizon would be allowing third party applications and phones on its network. It just…it just didn’t seem like something Verizon would do at the time. Since then we’ve found out that the deal isn’t completely open, but it’s certainly an idea worth exploring. AirVoice Wireless, a prepaid wireless company, has developed the first handset. It will cost $69 and it should be available soon. The question is, on what service will you be able to use it?

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Virgin bringing the Shuffle

See those two not-so-great pics above? They’re the new Virgin Mobile Shuffle, or the UTStarcom 8954. I first heard it from Ian, but then checked out this thread at Howard Forums, which has some info and speculation. Looks like it will drop in the fourth quarter. The original post mentions that it’s an update to the Slider Sonic…so maybe it will have a music player? Rumors also have it coming with a 2 megapixel camera. And since we’re dishing rumors right now, the price looks to be $100, $120, somewhere in that range. We’ll have more info once it becomes official, or we hear more rumors.

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Samsung A137 hits AT&T GoPhone

Yesterday we got word about another Samsung AT&T Go Phone addition yesterday, via Phone Scoop. This time it’s the A137. It’s nothing special, but seems like a decent prepaid value for the dollar. And MP3 player, Bluetooth, aGPS, and a WAP browser, giving it access to MEdiaNet. No camera, unfortunately. It’ll only cost around $40, so if they throw in some free airtime, this can be a decent option. Flip-open pic after the jump.

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Sony Ericsson Z750 for $39.99 on AT&T Go Phone

Here’s a nice little deal, coming your way via CrunchGear. It’s the Sony Ericsson 750, a 3G clamshell phone featuring a 2 megapixel camera. It’s actually a music phone, too, supporting all the major formats (MP3, AAC, WMA, M4A, etc.). As such, it has an expandable microSD slot to go on top of the 32 megs of on-board memory. Not only is the phone cheap at $39.99, but it comes with a $25 prepaid airtime card, putting your net at $15. You could do a whole lot worse with a prepaid phone.

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Nokia 2680 headed for AT&T Go Phone

Looks like we’ve got some more prepaid phone talk today. And, like our previous discussion, we don’t have a clue when this device will hit shelves. This hit a few sources, but I picked it up from Gadgetell. It appears the Nokia 2680 slider has passed FCC muster, and will be headed for AT&T. How do we know this? If you peek above, you can see the AT&T logo. It features a VGA camera (640×480), which can take video clips — or at least it says so in the manual (pdf). It also features a music player, though I didn’t see any section suggesting the inclusion of a microSD slot.

Looks like the price tag will be around $115, but that’s anything but confirmed.

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Virgin Mobile launches TNT

You might have seen this elsewhere over the past day or so. We covered the Virgin Mobile TNT over a month ago. Looks like it’s ready for purchase now. You can nab it for $20. Not a bad deal at all.

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Deal: Nokia 2610 with $100 airtime for $80 with AT&T GoPhone

Today’s deal comes our way via dealnews.com. If you don’t have any prejudices against refurbished phones, you can get a Nokia 2610 from AT&T Go Phone, essentially for free. The package, from AT&T’s website, costs $80, and it comes with $100 in airtime. So you’re really getting a phone and a free $20 of airtime. Sweet deal.

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Bluetooth for your prepaid cell phone

So, it’s come to this. While the majority of states don’t yet have laws which ban cell phone handset use while driving, the trend seems to be moving that way. In July, California and Washington state added such restrictions. They join Connecticut, Washington D.C., New Jersey, New York, and the U.S. Virgin Islands as states which completely ban the use of a handset while driving. Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Illinois have particular jurisdictions which ban the practice, though it’s not statewide. So what’s a prepaid user to do? Get a Bluetooth, of course. Problem is, it’s not as easy to find on the usually low-end selection of prepaid phones from most carriers.

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