My son wants to buy a smartphone. He understands the basic tradeoffs.
Unless you can buy an unlocked phone then you must sign a contract, one or two years, and then you get a phone for free or at a discount.
You pay for minutes called, gigabytes downloaded, and number of text messages.
There's also whether you want 3G or 4G.
My guess is that you always want 4G if you have coverage in your area.
He goes to school in Albany, NY so coverage in Albany is most important.
In a phone he basically wants most bang for the buck. All else being equal, he'd get an iPhone – but that’s not a critical factor.
He currently has an old flip phone with Boost mobile, which is Sprint’s pay as you go phone plan. He doesn’t put a lot of minutes on that.
He is looking for the basics. He doesn't need the latest and greatest. He’s 25 years old and isn’t terribly social. Not knowing how much he’ll be using it, what sort of smartphone and contract/no contract would you advise getting?