Need cellphone advice
My husband's cellphone, a Nokia Shorty, died last week. It still gets calls... sometimes; he can still call from it... if he doesn't jostle it, because then it shuts itself off. Oh, and he has to remove the faceplate to get any of the buttons to work. Dead phone. Zombie phone, pretending to be alive but not actually foolin' anybody. He needs a new phone. A quick look at the cellphone market tells us there are approximately 5,195 to choose from, with usage packs ranging from "simple and expensive" to "rivals the US tax code for complexity; who knows if you're saving money?" What we need: ~300+ minutes daytime use ~700 minutes nights/weekends per month. He had a bit more than that with Virginmobile's plan, for $35/month. What he'd like: Decent battery life Photo ability Bluetooth MP3 player GPS/navigation Maybe email, maybe web, if it's not too expensive Don't care about: Texting Insane unlimited calling limits Family plan (I use a Nokia Shorty, and pay about $15/month for all my cellphone use. If it costs more than that, we don't need a family plan.) Reception in bizarre locations Ability to play movies, videogames, edit documents on phone We live in California, near San Francisco. He flies RC model airplanes on the coast; I don't think he's noticed any reception probs among his friends, with any of their phones & plans. He'd like "good reception," whatever that is, but I believe that 95% of the places he normally spends time in, would be covered by any plan; we live in A Big City area, and business needs have made sure local coverage is pretty solid. (Although if anyone knows a carrier that has reception in Tilden Park, that'd be a strong plus. But I don't think any phones work there.) Anyone got advice? We're looking for suggestions on what actual phone to get, and what plans are available. If we could find something that'd cost the same per month ($35) as we're paying now, that'd be great. We're NOT looking to "upgrade" to something that costs $60/month for a bundle of bells-and-whistles we won't use. We are total newbies when it comes to the phone thing; our phones are about three years old and were purchased at Radio Shack. I don't even know how to go find a store and ask them to help me find what I need... and I don't want to have to go to six competing stores just to get an idea of what options exist.