Sounds like you need a Blackberry for emails - dh has one but is away at the moment and I can't remember what type it is - it's a bit of a pain as a phone though - you can't just hold it up to your ear - you have to alternate between mouth and ear to hold a conversation. Have you tried googling it.
You can get email on modern phones, but the screens tend to be smaller, and I think it may be more expensive. It is difficult to compare costs, because they have different and complicated ways of charging.
charges for email vary depending on the size of any attachments. I think the most I've been charged for email which included a high quality picture was 50p. But you can buy an add-on now to send upto 50mb per month for £5.
Woollybaalamp - I've had no problems with network coverage, I can often get a signal when dh can't.
Two 3 phones in our family, one in Lancs and one in Leeds, and the phones themselves have caused endless probs, as well as poor signal much of the time. And customer services is a call centre in Bombay.
Hi Lisa. My DH has an xda on O2, and the phone quality is absolute crap. Whatever you do stay away from the XDA. The PDA functions work nicely. But, if you want your customers to hear you speak then this is not the tool for you.
Do you really need to access your e-mail on the phone, or could you wait until you are back at the office/home to access them on the pc?
You can access pop3 email on most modern mobiles now, not worth getting a blackberry anymore IMO. Depends how much you'd use it for other stuff, appointments etc.
As for networks/tariffs, really just depends how much you'll use it and who you'll call. Orange do unlimited free calls between all the phones on the account if there is more than one mobile needed - this was best for us. They also do free insurance. You need to compare data/voice costs as this will make big difference if you use it online a lot.
We've all got these ones Good for emails and supports attachments. Nokias are generally pretty easy to use and we got them free without picking a ridiculously expensive tariff.