Ok, folks, here's the scoop. My contract with Sprint runs out in a month or two, and I get to chose what phone and carrier I want next. My phone just broke, literally, the flip phone came apart at the hinge and separated. Luckily I had my really old Samsung 8500 lying around to get me through. The problem is, everytime I go into a cell phone store, I get royally p'od and annoyed by the salepeople, because they don't understand what I want, or they're trying to sell me something I don't need. So I was browsing the "post a picture of your cell phone" thread, and it hit me, there are a bunch of cell phone crazy people here on MacRumors who know what they are talking about, and can help me narrow things down! To that end, I am requesting some help. (Info: I'm in NJ/NYC and on a PC) So, here's what I'm currently thinking. I'll probably stay with Sprint or switch to Cingular, with T-Mobile or Verizon down the list, but not likely. I like the coverage I have gotten with Sprint so far, and a lot of my friends have Cingular, so their plans are attractive. But don't bug me about that, what I really care about is the phone, here are my requirements: I want to be able to browse the web without using a data plan. Can you believe up until yesterday, I thought this was impossible? Thats what you get from asking questions entirely at cell phone stores. Apparently, companies make phones that can connect to WiFi at hotspots and browse the web independently of a cell phone plan. This is a requirement. I want to be able to check my Gmail, but thats about it. If I can read attachments, thats a bonus, but not neccessary. Ahhh, I hear you say, this is too easy, which brings me to requirement number 2. I don't want a PDA. I don't want a brick in my pocket. I really dislike the extrawide PDA/Smartphones that are out there. This will be my only phone, so I will be using it to talk to people, not to do business on, it has to be comfortable enough to spend hours talking on. If you know of a new PDA thats very small, I suppose you can include it on the list. (Plus i never really liked those little pens, are they better now?) Third, it would be nice if it had a keyboard. Its not an absolute must, but I have never been a texter, and it takes me ages to write anything with the numbers. Fourth, the usual gadgets, I don't really care for. I had a camera phone, but I never used it, because I didn't pay for Sprint's data plan to send them anywhere, so they always stayed on my phone. I realized a camera was just a silly thing that sells phones but that I don't really use. If it has one, and there is a way to get pictures off my phone without messaging them, great, but if it just adds weight, no thanks. Same with an MP3 player, can someone explain them to me? I have a iPod Shuffle, and I don't really need one on my phone, although carrying one gadget would be nice. Will it work with iTunes? I see a lot of phones that say they support AAC, does that mean my regular tunes but not my purchased tunes, or none? Freaking phone websites never explain enough. Bonus I know a lot of smartphones let you do other stuff, like store data, and work on documents, sync your outlook calendar (I'm on a PC by the way), but its not totally neccessary. I don't have bluetooth, but I do think I have an infared port. If it comes with it, nice, if not, thats ok. So, does this sound like a phone you phonophiles (is that right) know of? If it is, let me know. I'm not a total sludge, so I have done a bit of research, and I've come up with the Nokia 9300 (I really like Candybar shaped flip phones) Maybe the Samsung Blackjack, or possibly the Cingular Pocket PC, but thats looks sort of big. What do you guys think? Anything I'm missing, are there other Gems out there? Thanks for your help guys and girls.