I've recently realized that I'm done with my 2 year contract from T-Mobile, meaning that I can get a new phone. I'm currently using the Samsung STAR, and I've enjoyed it as a phone and its homage to the indestructibility of the ancient Nokia brick phones. However, I'm ready for an upgrade as the STAR has basically no internet as is now quite slow compared to more recent models.
I'm not looking for the cream of the crop of paying top dollar in monthly costs. I took the STAR and a 2 year contract in the first place because I wanted a reasonable future-proof phone and low monthly costs. I've been gawking at the SII for a few months now, and with prices down to a reasonable 30 euro's per month (+ free phone, 16GB expansion card and 15 euro's first six months), it's on the top of my list as of now. However, I haven't really dived into the phone market in a long time, and I'm looking for opinions of people who are more up to date with the current models. I'm thinking that waiting for the new Galaxy SIII/HTC models is futile, as by the time they're down to a reasonable price point (for me) it will already be 2013, and maybe even later than that.
Another question would be: What is qualified as a good speed to browse the internet/play youtube movies/download on a phone. I'm currently looking at a 2 year contract which has 3.6 Mbps. I have no idea if that's quick, average, or bad as I've never had the luxury of having internet on my phone. Alternatively, I can go with a 7.2 Mbps plan, but that's a bit more expensive and I don't want to pay for something that's completely unnecessary. I want it to be quick enough to play high quality youtube movies, download with a decent speed and browse really quickly.
EDIT: Silly question, but am I correct in saying that you can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots/Home modem and not use up any data limit your provider sets?