Last year I bought a cheap dual sim phone from Chinavasion. Lasted a while and worked well, but eventually the power/usb socket just fell right out of the phone...
What I'm looking for is a phone that can connect to the Vodafone network, and I can also use to connect my laptop to the internet either via bluetooth or USB. Another feature I would like is WiFi, as I do shift work and can be moved all over the place in a single shift, but all of the branches have WiFi. I don't have time to pack/unpack a laptop each time.
I don't need flash programs on the phone, just POP email access and a browser.
As far as the phone design goes, I really don't like the phones with full alpha-numeric pads on the front, or touch only. Slide phones are good, and I would even settle for an alpha-numeric pad on a slide phone, but prefer the numerical pad. The traditional phones (I think they are called candy bar phones) are the ones I like best with the numerical pad on the front.
I was looking at the new Sony Ericsson phones, and quite like the C903 and C905. Unfortunately the C903 doesn't have WiFi, despite what the DSE web-site says. Also, as far as I can find, the C905 is only available via parallel import. Is it still alright to purchase a Parallel imported phone?
Also, what other suggestions do people have? I have been suggested the IPAQ Messenger and the Nokia E63, along with the LG KM900, although the LG is rather pricey. I'd prefer to keep under $500 if I can, the lower the better. I know it's a hard ask for that kind of price with WiFi... The Nokia N85 looks great, but once again is rather pricey.