You use your phone fairly frequently but rarely to surf the Web or for e-mail.
It has a QWERTY keyboard for easy typing, a Web browser, and multimedia capability but not the integrated multiple e-mail accounts and countless apps of a smart phone. Many feature phones scored high in our cell-phone Ratings (available to subscribers). With some, you're required to add a monthly data plan or a messaging plan if you sign a contract. With others, you're not obliged to add anything. Choose a phone that won't require you to pay for add-ons that you won't use.
The average consumer uses about 700 voice minutes per month per line and sends 700 texts. Good options include T-Mobile and some smaller, no-contract carriers. The best stack up well against the big names for voice and text service and cost less. But you might have to buy more minutes than with a contract plan, which usually includes "free" nights and weekends, in-network mobile-to-mobile, and calling-list minutes. Most no-contract plans charge for every minute.
Want mostly texting? There are slim pickings. Forget Verizon's Nationwide Messaging Plan with No Voice Minutes, which costs $35 to $55 a month, plus 25 to 40 cents a minute. Instead, try T-Mobile's $15 Prepaid Monthly Unlimited Text plan with 10-cent-a-minute voice or Virgin Mobile's $25 Beyond Talk 300, with unlimited texting, e-mail, data, and Web.