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Ask a Geek Girl: I Need a Basic Cell Phone With Long Battery Life

Dear geeksugar,

I'm looking for a functional cell phone without the major bells and whistles. I don't need to be able to check my Facebook status or figure out my coordinates (I have a laptop and GPS for all that!).

All I require is that it have an incredibly long battery life and the ability to text message. I use Verizon and have been following your great Gossip Girl phone trends, but it's hard to tell which phone is right for me. Any suggestions? Thanks for your guidance! — A long time reader

To see what cell phone I recommend, just

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As you already know, Gossip Girl regularly features stylish LG phones from Verizon. The good news is that LG makes amazing cell phones, the bad news is that they are usually phones that are not only chic but packed with many features — features you don't necessarily need or want.

What I do recommend is checking out Verizon's LG VX8360. What I like about it is the fact that it offers text, picture, video and voice messaging, has a 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder and both external and internal LCD color screens. And best of all, it's a handset that offers exceptional battery life. Usage time is up to 316 minutes and standby time is up to 641 hours. Compared to the LG Dare smartphone, which only gets up to 280 minutes talk time and up to 360 hours on standby, the LG VX8360 is significantly better.

This phone will only cost $50 if you purchase it online through Verizon and sign up for a 2-year contract.

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