Wirefly Releases its Top 10 Hottest Phones for Students Heading Back-to-School

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List based on affordability, popularity and functionality

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We equally considered both the student-user as well as decision-maker - the parents - when we created this top ten

Pens, pencils, notebooks … cell phones? Indeed, mobile devices have found a permanent place on teens' and tweens' back-to-school shopping lists across the country. Parents want to stay connected to their kids and kids want to stay connected to … just about everything.

Wirefly, (http://www.wirefly.com), the leading online authorized retailer of cell phones and wireless plans, today announces its annual Top 10 cell phones for students heading back to school. Factors considered when compiling the list included: affordability, popularity and functionality, resulting in a comprehensive list that is sure to please both the social teen who wants the most current, up-to-date device and the budget-conscious mom and dad who are looking to save money on this wireless necessity.

"We equally considered both the student-user as well as decision-maker - the parents - when we created this top ten," said Andy Zeinfeld, chief executive officer of Simplexity, parent company of Wirefly.com. "These devices are among our best sellers and all of them are loaded with popular features and cool applications that this young generation of techno-savvy cell phone users just can't live without, such as touchscreens, full QWERTY keyboards for easy text messaging, MP3 players, cameras, gaming, and new and improved batteries for longer talk time. However, at the same time, these devices are still affordable, making them equally appealing to parents, who are typically the ones footing the bill."

Wirefly's Top 10 Back-to-School Cell Phones:

1.     LG Vu CU920 (AT&T) - A Wirefly best-seller, the LG Vu CU920 is a gorgeous touchscreen phone. Available in red wine and black, it boasts a 2.0 megapixel camera/camcorder, virtual QWERTY keyboard for email and text messaging, expandable memory, and AT&T Music and MediaFLO for watching videos and listening to music. Wirefly.com Pricing: FREE for current or new AT&T customers.

2.    BlackBerry Curve 8900 (AT&T & T-Mobile) - With a 3.2-MP camera, WiFi, GPS, full HTML internet browser, MP3 player, and BlackBerry's renowned emailing power, the Curve 8900 is designed to simplify your life and keep you connected. Wirefly.com Pricing: FREE for new AT&T or T-Mobile customers.

3.    LG enV Touch (Verizon Wireless) - This is a messaging device with advanced multimedia capabilities, a full HTML web browser, an enhanced music player, and a 3.2 megapixel camera/ camcorder with unparalleled video quality. The brilliant 3" external touchscreen flips open to display a twin 3" display and roomy QWERTY keyboard for fast and accurate emails or texts. Wirefly.com Pricing: $99.99 for new Verizon Wireless customers.

4.     Sidekick Slide (T-Mobile) - Available in red and black, the T-Mobile Sidekick Slide features a popular, compact design with a sliding screen that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard for fast, accurate messaging. Stay in constant contact with friends with the best MySpace mobile experience, in addition to text and picture messaging, email, and always-on instant messenger. With so many ways to stay in touch, and extras like a 1.3 megapixel camera, it's easy to see why the T-Mobile Sidekick Slide continues to be popular. Wirefly.com Pricing: FREE for new T-Mobile customers.

5.    BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Sprint) - Available in red, inferno and titanium, the BlackBerry Curve 8330 brings the wildly popular Curve to CDMA networks for the first time. Like all BlackBerry devices, the BlackBerry Curve 8330 provides on-the-go email and calendar solutions for students on-the-go. The 8330 includes a 2.0 Megapixel camera, GPS, media player, voice dialing and stereo Bluetooth. Built for smartphone lovers with a sense of style, the BlackBerry Curve 8330 for Sprint is the real deal. Wirefly.com Pricing: FREE for new Sprint customers.

6.    LG enV3 (Verizon Wireless) - Available in maroon and slate blue, the LG enV3 adds unsurpassed messaging speed and convenience to the popular enV line-up. This slim, flip-phone conceals a spacious QWERTY keyboard designed for the ultimate quick messaging device that also has advanced capabilities such as auto-complete, instant reply, and more. The enV3 features stereo Bluetooth compatibility, a music player and support for V CAST Music with Rhapsody and V CAST Video. Capture videos and photos with the advanced 3.0 megapixel camera/ camcorder. The enV3 is perfect for the messaging fanatics in your life who also want the best in on-the-go entertainment. Wirefly.com Pricing: FREE for new Verizon Wireless customers.

7.    Samsung Impression (AT&T) - The Samsung Impression is the nation's first AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display, providing a crisp and bright display that is unparalleled. Use AT&T's unique Video Share or view websites, videos and pictures on the 3.2" touchscreen, or capture more photos and video with the built-in 3.0 megapixel camera/ camcorder. And, with a full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, it's easy to send picture messages and emails. Wirefly.com Pricing: FREE for current or new AT&T customers.

8.    LG Xenon (AT&T) - Available in red, blue and black, the LG Xenon is a touch screen, messaging-centric device featuring an impressive slide-out QWERTY keyboard for fast, accurate texts and instant messages and emails. With a 2 megapixel camera/ camcorder for picture and video messaging and AT&T's popular Video Share, the Xenon is a full-featured device. Bluetooth v2.0 compatibility and voice-driven menu navigation and dialing combine for a completely hands-free experience. Wirefly.com Pricing: FREE for current or new AT&T customers.

9.    Samsung Behold T919 (T-Mobile) - Available in light rose and espresso colors, the Behold T919 debuts Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. You'll enjoy the drag-and-drop widget technology that allows users to customize the home screen with the flick of a finger. In addition, the Samsung Behold features a 5-MP camera, expandable memory, video capture, and voice-controlled menus. Wirefly.com Pricing: FREE for new T-Mobile customers.

10.    Motorola Rival A455 (Verizon Wireless) - Available in purple and silver, the Motorola Rival A455 is an affordable but powerful messaging-centric phone with style. With one-touch access to your favorite applications, a partial touchscreen and a slide-out, back-lit QWERTY keyboard, it's fast and easy to send messages, IMs and emails. The Rival boats a 2.0 megapixel camera/ camcorder, as well as, safe, hands-free options including Bluetooth, speakerphone and voice commands. It is also equipped with V CAST Music with Rhapsody, V CAST Videos, mobile web, expandable memory, and a music player. Wirefly.com Pricing: FREE for current or new Verizon Wireless customers.

For more information on the devices listed, as well as, to view all of the incredible deals offered during Wirefly's Back-to-School Sales Promotion and current pricing, visit http://www.wirefly.com. Cell phone prices are subject to change without notice.

About Wirefly:
Wirefly.com is the online leader in one-stop comparison shopping for cell phones, wireless service plans and wireless accessories. Owned and operated by Simplexity, Wirefly.com is an authorized dealer for every major cellular carrier in the U.S. Wirefly.com also offers discounts and services not available in retail wireless stores, including real-time online order status and tracking, and the guaranteed lowest price - online or anywhere else -- on cell phone devices from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, LG, BlackBerry and many other cell phone handset manufacturers. Wirefly.com has been named Best of the Web by Forbes magazine as the "best all-around number portability portal" and "Best in Overall Customer Experience" by Keynote Performance Systems. For more information on Wirefly.com, its wireless products and its services, visit http://www.wirefly.com.

Megan E. Murray


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