I finally replaced my old flip phone from 2009 about 2 months ago, but it's still a basic phone. I would LOVE a smartphone, but I can't afford the data plan.
Switch to Straight talk. It's what you pick up at Walmart on prepaid. $45 a month for unlimited everything and you pick up a reconditioned smart phone. It's a 3G network. Reconditioned phones have the same warranty as brand new phones. It's a great deal. That's what I did.