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AT&T HTC First
It is debatable whether or not the official Facebook phone, the HTC First is a desirable product or not, but at just 99 cents (with contract) it is tough to beat this device on AT&T. The HTC First is a solid Android smartphone and with a focus on the Facebook experience students and parents may appreciate the functionality.
You can always turn off the Facebook parts and end up with a near pure Google experience. The HTC First has a dual core 1.4 GHz processor, 16GB storage, 1GB RAM, 5 megapixel camera, and attractive, well-designed form factor.
AT&T LG Optimus G Pro
The LG Optimus G Pro is a large 5.5 inch display device with a ton of capability packed in. It has a quad-core 1.7 GHz processor, 13 megapixel camera, note taking capability, and a ton more. This is a device that can serve as a portable tablet for a student, as well as their primary phone.
Verizon Nokia Lumia 822
You can find quality Nokia devices on nearly all US carriers today and the Lumia 822 is an excellent choice on Verizon. You can pick one up for just $19.99 with a 2-year contract.
The Nokia Lumia 822 gives you free HERE maps, Nokia Music, camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and much more. It runs on Verizon's wide-ranging LTE network and even gives you full Office on the go.