That's a hard question to answer. Have you tried finding like new A707's on eBay?
I am looking for a basic flip or slide phone for my uncle, which uses AT&T. Here are the spec.
-Unlocked flip or slide phone w/ both front and main screens
-Tri or quad band (preferably quad)
-camera (1+ mp)
-Able to disable internet (no data plan)
-easy on the eye (large text and buttons)
-strong battery life (24+ hrs)
The main problem is the bad signal within his area. Below are the phones I tested in his house/area.
iPhone 4 - 1 bar
Motorola Milestone - 1-2 bars
Samsung GT-S5230 - 1-3 bars
Samsun C3050 - 1-2 bars
He is currently using Samsung A707, which has full signal. However, the hinge is breaking apart very very fast. I brought two different phones to replace the semi-broken Samsung A707 but ended up returning both of them
1. Samsung A777 - Full signal but unable to disable internet on the phone. My uncle accidentally hit the main center button various times within the first couple hours of usage. Ended up returning the phone.
2. Nokia 6085 - Returned due to no signal in the house and the area.
I am running out of phone to replace his current phone. I appriecate any suggestions that would work in my situation. Thank you all in advance.
Maybe a Samsung Rugby? I've barely seen one up close, but I get the impression it might fit the bill.
Also, if your uncle doesn't use MMS, you could disable the internet access completely by removing the APN settings from the phone.
A search on eBay (U.S.) shows about 50+ of them for sale. If he is in the U.S. and has an eBay account, he should be able to purchase one or two. They are only averaging about $35.00.
Actually, I believe the data can all be made inactive by SIM policy. I know, because the company that I work for does not allow data on their phones (AT&T carrier). Check with a local store and see if you can find someone that knows what they are doing (long shot) or handles a big corporate account. That way, and GSM phone that the SIM goes into will only access voice and TXT service. When he accidentally hits the internet button, it will try to connect and say that it can't.
Signal strength depends on where you are in relation to the towers. For example, in my house using ATT or Verizon, we get a very weak to no signal. 50 feet outside, we have 3-4 bars.