Note to readers: Events have overtaken this post, as inexpensive smartphones have become increasingly available. I’m leaving it up for old times’ sake. Remember, you need to look at the overall cost of having a phone for its service life.
Judging from various cellphone forums, there’s a lot of interest in having a smartphone — but without the high monthly charges that would ordinarily be required. Here’s an approach that works for me. I got a T-mobile Pay as You