So here I go again another phone with the course of 6 months(It's a curse). I don't really have a budget but somewhere around 350 is a rough estimate. My carrier is AT&T. Things I do: Call - About 4 or 5 hours a week, good speaker phone is important Text- A LOT, somewhere around 100 a day maybe more. Keyboard is a must, average sized male thumbs. Take pictures - Often, decent quality but nothing fancy Use the Internet- more and more lately mainly for the GPS feature.