I've been using a sony ericsson k800i for years and years and it's the second one as I had to go and get one on ebay when the first one got old...I obviously need to upgrade, it's refusing to charge any more (cable socket issue, not battery) and the camera cover is broken.
Can anyone recommend a phone that is not too dissimilar? I don't want a touch screen really, I like buttons.
But just something that is user friendly (I don't do internet on it, just calls or texts, occasionally camera) and quite nice quality, no weird fluffy emoticon based stuff, it has to be normal and grown up iykwim!
I don't like multi purpose phones. We have very poor mobile signal and the fewer bells and whistles on a phone the better reception. I love my old Nokia. It's basic and has buttons but is black and shiny. I rarely use a mobile, just occasionally for text and calls although it does have a camera on it. They cost about £30.
I'd recommend one of the older, more basic Blackberries. Other than these, there aren't that many smartphones with proper keyboards on the market any more. I know you said you don't need a smartphone but IMO some of the cheaper ones are such good value, and you may find you want to use free messaging services such as Whatsapp, or browse the internet now and again, check emails, or use the maps etc.
Even if you're on Pay As You Go, and don't have any data allowance and are adamant about not needing internet connection, a Blackberry might be a good idea - I find them user-friendly and the cameras are generally good.
Oh thankyou so much. I had missed these replies, that is interesting about the blackberry being easy to use.
I do admit I find myself out and about wanting to make sure I haven't missed an email, sometimes, or getting lost and then I suppose google would come in handy - but can you get a connection out and about? We take ds's nexus in the car sometimes and he can never get a signal.
It depends very much in where you live - we're out in the middle of nowhere and don't get mobile signal, but we can of course use our wifi on our phones when at home. When I'm up and about I generally don't have a problem getting data signal (for the internet) unless I'm somewhere near home, for example out on a walk.
You can get contracts now for £10.50 per month that include a smallish data allowance which would probably be fine for you - I'd recommend a trip to your local Phones4U to see what they can suggest (if you're not fussy about which network you use). My husband and I have both used them recently and found them very helpful, especially when he changed his mind 10 minutes after buying, and we had to go back and redo everything. Don't be out off by their v annoying adverts