With over 500 million active users, Facebook is one of the most popular social networking websites on the Internet. Over 250 million active users access Facebook through a mobile device. If you are a Verizon customer intent on making that number "250 million and one," there are several 3G cell phone options for you in a variety of price ranges.
iPhone is one of the best-known smart phones on the market. For years, it was only available on the AT&T network, but now Verizon offers it on their CDMA network. The iPhone 4 has a high resolution touch screen, thousands of applications, the ability to make a Wi-Fi hotspot and also gives you access to Verizon's unlimited data plans. Even though this generation of iPhone only uses a 3G connection, it offers download speeds of 590Kbps to 1830 Kbps, which is enough power for Facebook, streaming video, downloading or just surfing the web.
If you are not ready to make the jump to a smart phone and pay the additional cost for a data plan, the Cosmo might be the phone for you. This cell phone has the look and feel of the older LG EnV 2 or 3. It is a flip phone that opens up to a QWERTY keyboard and 2.8-inch interior screen. The outside has a screen, a traditional "1 to 9" keyboard and programmable keys. For an extra $5 per month, you can sign up for a social networking data plan which gives you access to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, and allows up to 250mb of surfing per month. However, if you want thousands of apps and streaming video, this is not the phone for you. If you want a messaging phone that gives you on the go access to Facebook for an affordable price, try the Cosmo.
The Droid X is Motorola's 11th Android powered smart phone, and like the iPhone it requires a Verizon data plan. To improve sound quality and limit noise cancellation problems the X has multiple antennae and three microphones. You can use the phone to watch movies, access Skype and watch flash files if you upgrade the operating system. Like iPhone, Droid phones have access to thousands of applications available for download. You can use the phone’s browser to post messages, pictures and videos and to read Facebook updates. The Droid X became available the day before Verizon started selling the iPhone 4 and was one of the last Droid phones to use Verizon's 3G network.
Blackberry has designed smart phones since the late 1990s. The Blackberry Tour was released in July, 2009. It includes 256mb of internal memory, a 3.2 megapixel camera, an integrated GPS, an mp3 player, a video player, Bluetooth capability and an HTML web browser. This phone has an integrated "Facebook client" which allows you to search your Facebook contact book and events calendar in addition to posting status updates. The Blackberry Tour requires a Verizon data plan, which means it may not be the best option if you are on a tight budget.
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