We're looking to upgrade our two (ancient) phones on T-mobile, but we're not interested in getting a contract for 2 years or in paying over $200 per phone. My thought is to get two used or refurbished phones that we can activate and be billed a la cart. We'll be hitting ebay or someplace more reputable (recommendations?) for them.
They'll be used mostly for PIM apps, mobile wifi hotspots, email, music playing, and occasional web browsing and youtube. No gaming to speak of. Rooting and modding will be done if it's available.
If you were to pick phones that were solid enough from 2009 and 2010 that you would recommend them now, what would they be? We're on T-mobile but could switch.