Cellular Phones/AT&T Avail



I am considering purchasing an AT&T Avail as a gift for my wife, to replace her old flip phone. She has a prepaid contract from AT&T, where she pays $100 for 1000 minutes, no data plan. She is interested in a touch screen phone, with WiFi capabilities. She doesn't talk or text much on the phone, but would like to play games, or use the internet a little when she is in a wifi zone.
I read that a downside to the AT&T Avail is that it has limited memory, so I was also considering purchasing an unlocked phone, with more on-board memory. Can you offer some guidance as to what would be the best solution in her situation?

Hi Steve -

I would highly recommend against purchasing anything SIM unlocked to start with and unfortunately, you can't add memory to a cell phone or SmartPhone yourself. Each device has the internal memory that works with the phone and unlike computers, you can't add memory to a phone. You can add an SD card for additional storage space on most non-Apple devices, but that's about it. I would recommend just getting her a device that will allow her to play her games on WiFi or perhaps consider getting her a tablet device for her games and only use the phone for her limited calls, etc. If she really wants a SmartPhone, you can get prepaid with the lowest data plan which is $20.00 a month and because she is mostly on WiFi, she won't go over the 300 MB. Sorry that I didn't have better news for you. Thanks.  

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