Cellphones are stupid. Two standards: GSM and CDMA. GSM’s quality is ass and the American GSM providers have spotty service, but since it’s a world standard there are an amazing array of handsets available and the latest technology (like TV, cameras and Bluetooth) comes out on GSM phones first. CDMA sounds much better and offers better coverage (supposedly) but the phones suck.
A company called Wireless Imports imports Korean CDMA phones (which are very high tech) and translates the manuals into English, so you get the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, they’re charging $2,000.00 per phone with no refunds.