Re: Cell Phone Idiocy...
I have an LG flip phone from Verizon that works great. I actually prefer Verizon because I can get reception just about anywhere in the US, except for WV. Since I travel to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Western NY on occassion, but don't spend a lot of time in WV, it's good for me.
I would avoid Samsung phones personally. My last phone was a Samsung flip phone that had a problem with the microphone. Dust would collect in the hole and would affect the performance to the point where you could hear people talking (or trying) to you, but they couldn't hear you. I would have to take in every few months to get it cleaned. Then it became every other week. The Verizon tech said that the problem was common with Samsung phones for some reason. I also liked the deal that they gave me on the new phone. I had to pay a little for the phone, but they threw in a free hands-free set, car charger, and leather case.