NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- The cellphone world may be abuzz these days with what's hot or not with uber smartphones such as the Apple (AAPL) iPhone, Motorola (MOT) Droid or RIM (RIMM) BlackBerry. But after spending a month or so testing the much more modest Kyocera Milano from Sprint (S), I have to say, the low-end in smartphones is getting to be the smart place for business telephony.
Cheap consumer smartphones are getting downright business friendly. They boast reasonable-sized screens, easy-to-use keyboards, perfectly fast-operating systems and support most important business apps. Plus they can be had for real bargains. To wit, until mid-November, this Milano is available for just $30 from Sprint, with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate.
|Until mid-November, the Kyocera Milano is available for just $30 from Sprint with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate. Get it without a contract, though, and you'll pay $300.|
Here's what you need to consider if you considering the Milano:
What you get
Ounce for ounce, this is close to the best value in business mobile telephony going.
This phone is not a top-end smartphone, and if you are not careful it can get pricey. The Milano is about getting a great value for a simple way to communicate. It is not about high-end features or competing with heavy-hitters such as an iPhone or Droid. Its screen, keyboard and storage are small and cramped. And this is strictly a 3G device. So if you need speed on the go, this is not the tool for you. Plus, if you want to go without a contract -- and many businesses do now -- this phone is a not a solution. Sprint is charging a simply nutty $300 for the no-contract version of this device. Bottom line
If you're looking for a get-it-and-forget-it wireless option that can connect your people without costing a fortune, the Milano is worth a look. It's a cheap smartphone with some not-cheap features. Just get right with the fact it's not an iPhone and it will reward you with solid service. Is there a better way to say happy holidays? >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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