So, I was looking around at various phone models offered by various companies, reading reviews and comparing battery life and price and features, and I had just about determined that my choices for Verizon-compatible (ie: CDMA-compatible) mobile phones were between phones so ugly they appear to have been carved out of the branch of an ugly tree by the act of already-hideously-ugly people hitting them with their faces, and too-expensive flip-style phones. Before today, it never occurred to me that “lesser of the evils” would be a flip-phone, one of the worst ideas to come from the damned souls of Man.
Even Nokia, who does have two phones they claim work with Verizon, is forcing my hand. The two phones in question? Remnants of when the bulk of Nokia’s American phones were ugly and cheaply built. Luckily, Zoe pointed me to the Nokia 3586i, a gesture in futility.
For while the phone IS a CDMA phone which based on every word of its technical description should be fully compatible with all of Verizon’s service offerings, it is not listed as being compatible with Verizon. Now, the last Verizon rep I spoke to about phone models advised me that any CDMA-compatible phone not hard-wired for another mobile service provider could be used with their service. So, theoretically if I just went ahead and purchased this phone, I could call Verizon up and get it working. Except that Nokia won’t let me buy it through their site and there does not appear to be any way to order it online through any other company. I even tried figuring out what zip codes US Cellular, the service provider they say supports the phone, provides said service in and plugging that into the Nokia site to at least get a price on the thing, but no US Cellular-supported zip code seemed to do the trick.
There are ZERO Nokia 3586i phones on eBay.
If anyone is aware of a purchase-able mobile phone, compatible with CDMA, which does not appear to have been born in a nightmare, please let me know. Thank you.