The last time I bought a phone was 2 years ago, the 2 years before that I also had the same model. I picked it because it had the technological advancement of flipping open. Also it was purple. So, while phone shopping today I just had the same question in my mind for every model "Are any of these phones good for talking?" I'm afraid of smart phones, it seems like everyone has them on speaker phone. I want a phone that I can put up to my hear and both listen to and talk into without the use of a headset. Do smartphones or any of the other weird bar style of phones actually do this?