I'm not adding insult to injury with expensive smartphone on a contract
My 12-year-old son was craving a smartphone, but there was no way I was going to buy him an iPhone and then add a $40- to $70-per-month contract on top of the cost of the smartphone. The Lumia 520 was a great, low-cost choice, and with AT&T's GoPhone month-to-month plan, it's $25 per month with talk and text but limited mobile data. He can use WiFi for browsing in many places (Optimum/Cablevision has an extensive network in the NYC area).
My son admits he has dropped his Lumia many times, but it seems to be tough as nails (knock wood).