1) for good data speed, you want LTE. Metro's LTE is like really good 3G speed from Verizon: 1-5 mbps, depending on where you are. Metro's 3G (EVDO) speeds are capped in many markets at around 200 kbps. Some people may tell you there's a way to hack the system to "uncap" the EVDO speeds and get 900k - 1mbps, but I'm just telling you how it is when you sign up.
Originally Posted by cluelessL
If you buy a CDMA-only phone you will be stuck with capped EVDO or 1xRTT (about 70k in real life). Metro is capping EVDO to make LTE look better. They want to move everyone to LTE as soon as possible.
For least data hassle, LTE is the way to go.
2) Metro currently does not sell any LTE phones with a physical keyboard. I wish they did -- especially one with current generation specs. I would get one for my wife. And no if someone offers you a used/refurbished Indulge (Metro's first LTE Android and it had a physical keyboard) run as fast as possible in the other direction. They don't sell it anymore and for good reason.
I would like (for my wife) something like the Esteem or Attain but with a slide out keyboard.
For your purposes, the 4.3" screen of the Esteem is big enough that some typing is OK. For complex emails, I still use the physical keyboard of my computer.
Your creed may be interesting, but your deeds are much more convincing.