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Smartphone on a Budget

Updated on March 1, 2014

Get a Android smartphone for less!

I'll admit, I have been wanting a smartphone for a long time. Android or iphone? I didn't care. I just wanted to text and check my email on my phone. I spent hours window shopping for a new cell phone. I found that I really liked the android phones. I wanted one. Badly! However, I just couldn't bring myself to pay that whopping monthly fee. As a stay-at-home mom to seven kids, I needed something frugal. Kids are a blessing from God, however, seven kids can be expensive. I thought I'd never get a smartphone. Then I discovered the HTC Wildfire by Virgin Mobile. The HTC Wildfire by Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint Network. No contract required. For just $35 per month, I could have unlimited texting, unlimited web and 300 minutes of talk. Wow. That would fit into my budget. All I had to do was purchase the phone and I could happily check my facebook status, text my teens, check my email, and take pictures and videos with my phone for a price that fit my budget!

(all photos are personal photos by blessedmombygrace and Annamadagan)


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Get unlimited text and unlimited web plus 300 minutes of talk for just $35 per month with the HTC Wildfire by Virgin Mobile!

Wildfire HTC by Virgin Mobile

This handy little smartphone can keep up with the big guys. This is the phone I got and I am thrilled with it. The touch screen is of amazingly good quality. I can check in with facebook, check my email, text and more. It has a 5 mp camera and takes video too. I can upload pictures to facebook or text them to my mother-in-law. I can surf the web and keep a calendar. This phone comes with a micro SD card to expand the memory. It also comes with a charger cord and adapter to plug it into the computer or the wall outlet. If you want a smartphone that will only cost $35/month this is the phone for you!

I got my smartphone at just the right time!

Glad I took the plunge

I had been thinking about getting a smartphone for a long time, so I finally decided to take the plunge. Two weeks after I bought my phone, my daughter ended up in the ER with appendicitis. You can read her lens that she wrote about that here: The Story of My Appendicitis. We spent 8 hours in the ER before they determined that she needed surgery that night. With my smartphone, I could text family members and update friends on Facebook. So many people were praying for us and checking on her because I could communicate via my phone. She also could check her email and chat with her friends on Google using my phone. It helped her spend the time too. (Pictured is my daughter in the ER texting her friends.) I took pictures with my phone (yes, I'm "that mom") of her experiences in the ER. The surgery was successful, but because of infection, we ended up staying six days in the hospital. Luckily I had a smartphone, and I could stay in touch easily.

Accessories for your smartphone

HTC Wildfire S Duo Shield Protector Cover Case - White / Red
HTC Wildfire S Duo Shield Protector Cover Case - White / Red

This is the exact case that I purchased for my phone. It fits perfectly and protects my phone well.

Hi-Tech Dealz® 3 Pack of Stylus (Black Purple Red) Universal Touch Screen Pen for Tablet, Cell phone, Smartphone : Blackberry Torch, HTC EVO 4G, Flyer, Motorola Droid RAZR, Photon 4G, All Touch Screen Tablets - Hi-Tech Dealz®
Hi-Tech Dealz® 3 Pack of Stylus (Black Purple Red) Universal Touch Screen Pen for Tablet, Cell phone, Smartphone : Blackberry Torch, HTC EVO 4G, Flyer, Motorola Droid RAZR, Photon 4G, All Touch Screen Tablets - Hi-Tech Dealz®

I found the stylus makes it easier to use the touch screen on my phone. I have big fingers and using a stylus helps me type the correct letter/character the first time.


If you thought you couldn't afford a smartphone, maybe you will change your mind! - What do you think?

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      Kellenmadagan7 5 years ago

      I wish I could have a phone.

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      BernardSinai LM 5 years ago

      I've been saving up to buy a new smartphone. The only problem is which one to chose from.

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      simoza01 lm 5 years ago

      sharing is caring .. enjoyed your writing .. thanks

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I enjoy my Blackberry. I had to sign a 3 year contract to get it at a reasonable price. Probably different to the USA...the contacts I mean.

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      myamya 5 years ago

      I really enjoy reading your lens! thumbs up!

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      ogrote 5 years ago

      Great lens - Smart phones the way to go! Good lens!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What an excellent guide! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Annamadagan: I can tell from the picture!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yeah- it really all depends on what phone and plan are right for you, which depends a lot on what you are going to use the phone a lot for.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just stopping by to smile!

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      I lost one smartphone. Could not afford to buy another one for some time now. I think it did not change my mind. I've been saving up for a new smartphone and if everything goes well, I will buy one soon.

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      zGreat LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, i'll featured this lens on

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had given up my cell phone some years ago and decided not to use one after that. I managed to do w/o a cell phone for a few years until a few months ago. I got an Android smartphone as well...Google's Samsung Nexus S. Good to see you managed to get one that fit your budget. Hope your daughter has fully recovered now...stay blessed ya'll :)

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I love my BB, but if I was given one of this, I surely would take it with a pleasure

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      mixmagic12 5 years ago

      Great lens. And it's good you got that inexpensive smartphone. Andorid is soo cool.

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      keith123 5 years ago

      @Annamadagan: I like this phone

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Really nice read, however think I'll stick with my blackberry for now!

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      kumankuman 5 years ago

      thx for your share...

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      Glad to konw 100 buck will still get you one.

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      @blessedmomto7: That's so much more cost efficient than the plan I have now!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Good to know! I appreciate articles like this that give real experience! Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The best address book software I've ever used is called Corporate Directory. It is easy to install and very user friendly. IT will turn the contact information you already have in your Active Directory to a user friendly organizational phone book. The search is great - just start typing the person's name or any other property in the search box and it will show you all matches.

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      i have very low budget right now :(

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star!

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      I bought myself an HTC Wildfire a couple of years back - it was one of the cheapest Android phones at the time.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I appreciate this lens to help me decide on how I can afford a smart phone too. I want to have the ability to text and use the internet with my phone. The fees are half of what I pay for a cell phone without any features, even texting. Thank you for doing the research and sharing the info!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just wondering what made you pick Virgin Mobile? I have been looking at Smart Talk, but it seems like there are so many options. That said, your post made me want to go ahead and take the plunge to a smartphone too!

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      @MJsConsignments: If you choose the $45 per month option, the minutes are increased to 1200.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I'm finding myself at the point that I need one. Thanks for sharing your information. There's so much info on the market now, I can't figure it all out.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Can you get it with more minutes than 300, do you know. If so, what's the fee? I work from my phone (lots of calls) so I need more talk time. Even if they charge 50 more bucks for 1000 minutes of time, that's cheaper than my current carrier for a smart phone!

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Actually smartphone is a big helper at boring business meetings :)

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I'm planning to get a smartphone from virgin mobile sometime this month! It will be my first one, I'm excited.

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      RachelDillin 5 years ago

      After reading this yesterday I was inspired to cut back, AND IT WORKED! Thank you!

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      Afzal 5 years ago from Malaysia

      nice phone and android is great!

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      jammarti 5 years ago

      I would like to have one! :) thanks for the tip.

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      maytheforcebewi 5 years ago

      I would like this phone!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Thanks for the great tip - congrats on front page! :>)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Phone. worthy of the money spent.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to congratulate you on front page honors and your purple star!

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      I'm planning to get one but not this time around. :)

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      I recently got one. Enjoying WIldfire S to the fullest. A budget Android smartphone which, importantly, doesn't suck. Nice lens.

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Great lens, I'm also a fan of Android phones!

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      RachelDillin 5 years ago

      I love my smartphone, but it is WAY too expensive! I have to cut back somehow.

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      tomthiessen lm 5 years ago

      You can get a "free" Android phone from Virgin Mobile. Your monthly bill goes to paying down the cost of the phone.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I can't even dream that high, but it would be nice. :)

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      PaulRyan 5 years ago

      I've got one, but a budget smartphone. Trying to find another budget Android smartphone. ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm sure I would like one!

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      I really like this phone!