Still using? How about considering as my next device! LOL
Yup, after 3 years of beating on my Centro, I need a new phone. Sprint just gave me a new (refurbished) Centro, but I'm kinda tired of the small screen and no wi-fi. The refurb can be a good backup.
Sprint did offer me a free Epic -- gotta love retention/account services -- but even they can't activate it on a non-data plan. With a new data plan I'd be looking at an additional $40 per month on service. In 2 years, my "free" Epic would cost me $900, and I'd still have to keep paying! Bah.
So I did some research and found that there are a few smartphones that do NOT require data plans. They may (or may not) be charged the $10 premium data add-on, but they can definitely be activated on old or new non-data plans, with or without data packs (I have a messaging share plan with free data pack and other free add-ons from retention).
Besides the Centro and all the older Treos, these are the top candidates:
HTC Touch series: Pro, Pro 2, Diamond
Palm Treo Pro
Motorola i1 (on iDEN)
I'm leaning against the i1 because it doesn't have QWERTY and iDen won't work on my Airave. But if I can test a Nextel phone in my house and it works, I'm going to consider it. But it doesn't have the greatest reviews out there either.
The Touch series seemed bigger and bulkier than I want.
Intrepid seems... well, like nobody seems to know much about it. Anyway, the screen is smaller than the Pro.
That leaves the Treo Pro, and I'm impressed because it seems to be a) a solid device (not perfect) that had a strong fanbase in it's time and b) is still actively marketed in some parts of the world.
I also liked the Centro-like form factor, especially the keyboard. The keyboard was one my my favorite things about the Centro, my favorite QWERTY of any I've seen on any phone.
Windows Mobile is something completely new to me, but this forum seems to be an incredible archive of information, and this thread indicates the forum is still surprisingly active.
Finally, I'll be contract free in March 2012, and would like to see what HP has to offer at that time with WebOS. Who knows, maybe Sprint will budge on the data plan requirement, especially if they start losing subscribers. Right now, they are riding high on Evo growth.
Any thoughts? I welcome your input.
P.S. My smartphone history:
2001 Kyocera 6035 (Why didn't Sprint ever get the 7135?)
2005 Samsung SPH-i500 (loved it! Why didn't Sprint get the i550?)
2008 Palm Centro
2011 Palm Treo Pro???