As I said, giving up my data plan was hard enough. I wasn't going to give up texting, and luckily (?) my bills wouldn't be reduced by making that particular sacrifice.
The only requirement I had was that it have a QWERTY keyboard.
Um, yeah, apparently that was a tall order. The cheapest phone there that met my, apparently, difficult requirement? $80!!
I barely paid that for my Blackberry.
So I did what any resourceful girl would do...I went to eBay.
This was not any easier. I found so many great deals with a label attached later saying "Bad ESN" or "use for parts."
I had to Google everything. Apparently, a Bad ESN means someone (probably) stole it and Verizon has a stopgap where you can't use it.
I finally found one for $50 that said it was usable and also that I could return it in 7 days if need be.