reply to duked
Re: Do we really need all this grab a prepaid, put i think $100 of minutes on it, and your good for a year (last time i looked $100 card stated the minutes did not expire for one year) im seriously considering this as we really only use our phones to find each other or some place (legally blind)
as to your OP, some of those features are nice, but definitly not worth the mandatory fee's. i tryd a smartphone for a short time because all i wanted was the large screen and it was the only phone i could find with text to speech. but paying the mandatory fee's just to get text to speech was a bitch much.
if i could find a standard phone with talking voice mail (name as well, not just the number) and could do said text to speach for txt's, id be set.