Hi everybody - I'm a true newbie posting for the first time ... and curious about cellular innovations and Smartphone options. Due to the fact that I live in a non-cellular-receptive spot I have never thought it prudent to spend money on a device which would only work only while I am away from my home. Recently, though, I began paying more attention to Smartphones and the multitude of options. I try to understand some Smartphone lingo and I try to understand the pros and cons of different hardware. Gotta say, thought, it's easy to get lost without any actual hardware in my hands. This forum may be one of the best kept secrets going what with the comprehensive body of information here along with the knowledgeable and courteous replies to questions. Maybe here I can find the best phone and best service for my needs. The main reason for my renewed interest in this technology is that my previous employer announced in March that they were going to unveil new technology to replace cell towers with a small and more powerful alternative. If this comes around, maybe no more need to rely on intrusive towers subject to County and City zoning issues. Maybe this new technology will allow folks like me who live in the boondocks to now be a part of the cellular party. Thanks to everybody here for the way this forum is managed.