You pay $135 a month just for two plain phones!? Do you have like 4000 minutes or something?
700 minutes shared on Verizon cost about $70 dollars, with unlimited texting on both lines about $100.
If you were to get two smartphones, with unlimited texting and a 700 minute shared plan, it would cost about $150 also.
So really, it just comes down to whether you want an iPhone or which carrier you prefer.
I'll break down some pros and cons in summary.
Verizon - largest 3G network in America, you basically get 3G service wherever you go, meaning you get fast internet access wherever you go (you may not have noticed this with your plain phones because they are not 3G capable), this is what Verizon advertises as their advantage to other phone carriers, if you stay with Verizon, you will also be able to buy the iPhone 4G and use it with Verizon (your network will be superior to AT&T, the other iPhone 4G carrier)
AT&T - these people have a 3G network, but it is so minimal, its almost pathetic, I know I sound biased, but it really is true, if you do end up going with an AT&T smartphone, do not expect your mobile internet to cooperate with you all the time
Sprint - these people boast their 4G network, don't be fooled; no cell phone is available that can take advantage of this small county sized coverage of a network, they also have about the same size of a 3G network as AT&T has
~Phones! (interesting rant part :)!)
*People brag about iPhones being the best with little knowledge of other specifications to other products, but if you are a multi media (mostly games) kind of person, I would recommend the iPhone, though taking pictures frequently would suck because it doesn't have flash. Because this phone is a touch screen, there is little productivity you can achieve with it; basically meaning, you're absolutely correct in thinking that is is hard to text, some argue that you will get used to it, but you will never, ever, EVER, be able to type as fast as an Blackberry user. They also brag about being able to access 180,000 different applications, 95?f which are completely useless in life (come'on.. who needs a fart machine app? or an app that counts how many glasses of water you drink in a day?).
*Blackberry's are the most stable productivity phones, they start up fast, and have a physical keyboard. If you are a multi media person, I would recommend the Curve 8530 (it's capable of playing music and video formats other phones can't, including the iPhone), though it does not have flash. If you wanted a phone that was capable of much more, then I would suggest either the Tour 9630 (global capabilities), Bold 9650 (unreleased till May/June), or the ever so popular Bold 9700 (fastest Blackberry).
*Android's are excellent multi-media phones, and will ultimately, in time, surpass the iPhone in customer satisfaction. Want to know why? Android is an open source platform, meaning, developers are free to play around with its programming and do as they please with it; this results in tons of customer interaction, which results in Google knowing what their customer likes, and dislikes, which in turn, will model a more perfect product. The Android App Marketplace will also surpass the iPhone marketplace in time.
--- In summary, I would suggest to stay with Verizon, if you still want an iPhone, wait for the 4G to be released, also; look over your plan, because I'm almost 100?ositive that your contract needs to be amended. If you like cool flashy stuff, get an Android based operating system phone, if you like productivity, get a Blackberry.
Specs for some phones to give you an idea of their capabilities (this is not in depth at all, but this is getting pretty lengthy, so I'll end it here):
iPhone 3GS (AT&T)- 600 Mhz processor speed, but lots of internal memory (up to 32 gigs), people says it's the fastest phone, but people are ignorant of the truth
Blackberry Tour 9630 (Verizon)- 620 Mhz duo core processor (400 Mhz + 220 Mhz, good for running many applications at once), but low internal memory (about 100 mb, can add up to 16 gigs with a micro SD card; applications cannot be placed on memory card)
HTC Droid Incredible (Verizon)- 1 Ghz (1000 Mhz) processor lightning fast, great for everything really; mid-range internal memory that can be expanded with micro SD cards.
Answered By: Brandon☺ - 5/10/2010