The holiday shopping season is upon us and with people's concerns about the economy spending will most likely be down and buyers will be looking for deals for gifts. In this first holiday shopping guide, I'll give you a look at the best free cellphones on the market from each of the four major US wireless carriers. In the future, I hope to add more of my own reviews of these types of feature phones here on the Smartphones and Cellphones blog since I know many people aren't always looking for the high end smartphones that I enjoy using.
Keep in mind if you are a new subscriber some of the best deals on new free phones can be found on Amazon.com where even high end phones can be found for free after rebates and service activation.
Samsung t339 This feature phone includes WiFi and support for T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home UMA service so you can make calls via your home router or WiFi HotSpot without using your included plan minutes. This flip phone also has a 1.3 megapixel camera and a Bluetooth radio with stereo A2DP support. It also supports the MyFaves service on T-Mobile. [Read the review]
LG CU515 The LG CU515 supports AT&T's high speed 3G wireless data network so you can use the Video Share functionality and share videos with people during a call. It also has Push-to-Talk capability and mobile email. The CU515 sports a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth radio with stereo A2DP support, and microSD card slot. It is a flip form factor phone that has received good reviews. [Read the review (black)][Read the review (plum)]Sony Ericsson W580i Walkman The SE W580i Walkman phone is focused on multimedia features with an integrated FM radio, shake to skip or shuffle capabilities, 2 megapixel camera, Memory Stick Micro card slot, and Bluetooth 2.0 wireless radio. The accelerometer in the device also supports the pedometer application. [Read the review] Sprint Unfortunately, Sprint has very few phones that are free even after a rebate. They do have quite a few at US$50 and less though so you may want to check some of those out as well. Sanyo S1 The Sanyo S1 is a candy bar form factor cellphone with Sprint Vision service capability, Bluetooth radio, and soft touch finish. There is no camera on this phone and it is indeed a basic cellphone. [Read the review] Verizon Similar to Sprint, Verizon has very few cellphones that are available for free, with or without rebates. Actually, on their website there are only two different models that are available for free with a new contract.
Samsung Juke The Samsung Juke has a rather unique design with a very small form factor and swing-out upper part. You can choose from three colors, Navy, Red, and Teal. The cellphone has 2GB internal memory for music storage, integrated Bluetooth radio with A2DP wireless stereo support, and integrated VGA camera. [Read the review (blue)][Read the review (red)][Read the review (teal)]Samsung SCH-u550 The Samsung SCH-u550 is a flip phone with 1.3 megapixel camera, microSD card slot, and Bluetooth A2DP stereo support. The phone supports Verizon's high speed EV-DO network and services such as VCAST Music and Videos. [Read the review]