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Nov 25, 2009, 12:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Need a gift idea for that special someone? Phone Scoop's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide is a great place to start your shopping! We help you pick the perfect phone for the perfect loved one or friend.

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What the? Is it time to shop for holiday gifts already? You betcha. With the holiday shopping season officially kicking off this week, Phone Scoop has prepared its annual buyer's guide to help you navigate through the dozens of phones that are available at each of the major carriers. We've looked long and hard at what AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are offering and picked the cream of the crop.

We did our best to keep prices low, and with the recent price drops, you'll be able to find quite a bargain this year. Many of the phones on our list this year retail in the $50 to $100 range, with a few of the most capable devices topping out at $200. Holiday sales may drop prices even lower.

Phone Scoop believes the first step in choosing the right phone for someone is to choose the right carrier. Finding the right device is important, but picking the carrier with the best combination of coverage and calling plans is often the best place to start. Also, keep in mind that many people are invested in their relationship with a carrier and might want to stick with what they have.

Because even the most basic phones have tons of features, Phone Scoop has decided that the best way to pick phones for people is based on how that person will use their phone. Is the person on your shopping list a music nut? Then a phone that puts music features first might be the right way to go. Are they linked into every single social network on the planet? In that case, a phone that handles all the social networks with aplomb is vital. As long as you know the person you're shopping for and what they tend to like, you should have no problems picking the right carrier and the right phone for him or her.

After you've picked out the perfect phone, there's still one more thing to do. When you or the lucky person you're giving a phone to has moved everything off of the old phone, don't just toss it in your junk drawer or a closet corner, recycle it. If you want to know anything about phone recycling, from reasons to do it to where to take your phone, check out our Cell Phone Recycling Guide.


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Dec 8, 2009, 9:22 AM

cell phones for kids

A cell phone a great gift for a kid under 12, particularly if they want one, but still think cell phones for younger kids should be for emergencies only. I recommend prepaid in order to control minutes used. Tracfone's Samsung T-101 with the double minutes feature is available at Dollar General for only $10 and it comes with accessories.

Nov 25, 2009, 1:04 PM


When it comes to camera first and everything else second, I can't believe you picked the Pure for AT&T. Yeah, it's a cool phone and would definately be my first pick but I'm a Smartphone lover. For AT&T Cameras with phones built in, you can't beat the SE Tobey with it's 8MP camera, lens cover and very camera-like qualities. Just my thoughts on it!
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