31
Jul
07

iPhone alternatives for Sprint customers

Over at jkOnTheRun, Kevin posted a trio of alternatives for you Sprint-locked iPhone coveters. In his post, he covers the HTC Mogul, Motorola Q, and BlackBerry 8830. As a Sprint customer myself, I quite enjoy my Palm Treo 700wx.

.Palm Treo 700wx

The Palm Treo 700wx is a more-than-respectable alternative to the iPhone. At $300 after rebate (or $300 with no rebate if you use the SERO plan) , the phone starts off a good deal cheaper than the iPhone. If you opt for the SERO plan, which I use, 500 minutes and unlimited data is only $30/month which is half the iPhone’s cost. Bump that up to 1250 minutes and you’re at $50/month, which is still less than the iPhone.

The screen may not be as spiffy as the iPhone’s, but browsing with Minimo or Opera Mini is enjoyable. As for music and video, the iPhone solidly trumps the Treo there, since the included Windows Media Player is stodgy and difficult. However, I can do many things with my Treo that cannot be done with an iPhone:
– Tether to my laptop (w/o the phone-as-modem plan) for high-speed Internet access

– Connect to EV-DO for high-speed Internet access

– Expand storage with an SD card

– Expand functionality with an SD card

– Make custom ringtones from mp3s (free ringtones from any song I want?!?)

– Install a plethora of creative and/or useful third-party apps

– Replace the friggin’ battery!

– Turn off the sound with a quick external toggle. This may seem trivial but it beats having to go through 20 menus to turn the phone on silent.

The iPhone may be flashier than the Treo, but for functionality and expandability, the Treo has the iPhone beat.

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