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 - Get Report) 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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