So, I have decided that my phone isn’t quite what I need in a phone, and that the right direction might be to invest in a Smartphone. Thing is, I don’t know the first thing about them except that the Treos use PalmOS like two of my PDAs have and that the PocketPC ones can run some regular windows applications (?)
So anyhow, I’m setting the cap for what I’m willing to spend at $200 without any kind of contracts (I have no problem with buying a phone off of eBay if it works fine), and it needs to work with Verizon (I have no particular reason to break out of a contract I got into in July). Things I would like to have include a QWERTY keyboard (kinda important, since I text more often than I talk), and Wi-Fi functionality (not too important, more of a gee-whiz! feature I think would be fun if I find myself near a hotspot if I can get it for a reasonable price). I’d rather not give up the cameraphone capabilities my current phone has if possible, since my only other digital camera is a relatively big and obtrusive Canon Rebel XTi.
Honestly, depending on my options, I might just invest in an iPod Touch for the wifi web browsing capability, depending on what extra programs and features I can get for it (some kind of VOIP solution would be handy). Can you link an iPod Touch to a blue-tooth enabled cell phone to do SMS messaging?
So, any ideas? Things I should look out for? Great deals on eBay I should jump on? Blackberry I would have to switch services for since they use their own data service, but I have no idea how that would affect my contract with Verizon, so I’m looking at things like the Treos and PocketPC smartphones first.