If you are like many people, you might find a prepaid wireless carrier more desirable than using a major carrier for cell phone service. Straight Talk Wireless is one of the best networks to use in the United States as it offers great prices for unlimited talk, text and data usage. Straight Talk is based in Walmart stores and generally has a policy where you can bring your own GSM – Global Systems for Mobile Communications – phone to use with their service. However, Straight Talk Wireless also has a few good choices of smartphones you can purchase if you don’t already have a phone or want a new one.
The Huawei Ascend II runs on Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. It is 3G and Wi-Fi capable, sports a 3.5 inch touchscreen and has a 5 megapixel camera that is capable of shooting videos. The phone is available for $99 and offers up to six hours of talk time and 12 days worth of standby time. Multitasking allows you to do a number of things on the phone at once, such as talking, texting and using apps from Google Play.
The LG Optimus is available in black with a four inch capacitive touchscreen. It is powered by Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. The phone includes many necessary standard features, such as a music player, alarm clock, caller ID, hands-free speaker and more. It allows for a talk time of up to five hours and a standby time of up to eight days. It can be purchased for $330.
The Nokia E5 has a full QWERTY keyboard beneath its 2.5 inch screen, giving it a somewhat BlackBerry appearance. It is $200 and includes a 5 megapixel camera and video recorder, is powered by Nokia’s signature Symbian operating system and includes push email technology for multiple accounts. The device is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capable and provides a standby time of up to 19 days.
The Samsung Galaxy Precedent is powered by the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system and boasts a 3.2 inch touchscreen. You can download any number of apps courtesy of Google Play to keep organized, productive and entertained with this phone, which can be yours for $150. It is 3G and Wi-Fi capable and sports a 2 megapixel camera that also records short videos. A great perk that is included in the device is international texting.