Sometimes, you want a cell phone that just works. No need for all these extra bells and whistles to drive up the price. Alltel is appealing to that “bare basics” segment with the entry-level Nokia 2865i candybar. This “slim and affordable” handset can still do much of the basic things you’d expect from a cell phone these days, like play games (like poker), surf the mobile web, and offer voice-activated dialing, but it’s also got the added bonuses of Bluetooth and BREW Client 3.1.2. Its best feature, naturally, is the price: only $9.99 after $20 mail-in-rebate (but you have to sign your life away to a two-year contract).
As great as smartphone experiences have become, they’re still not quite the same as surfing the Internet on a proper computer. At the same time, you may not always be in the presence of an available Wi-Fi hotspot. That’s why products like the Nokia CS-18 are so useful.
Available through Rogers Wireless, this is an HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick. What this means is that it uses the HSPA+ cellular network to connect your computer to the Internet, rifling through a mobile data plan not unlike what you’d do on a BlackBerry or iPhone. This concept is not new, but it’s good to see an HSPA+ option.