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Old 02-07-2014, 05:32 PM
 
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Its either pay $600 and get a cheaper cell plan or pay $199 and be locked into expensive data plan for 2 yrs. Then you have the issue of Android always updating and you pray to God that you manufacturer gives you a update. By time they give you one, the phone feels obsolete and the phone lags on the update and you get a newer phone that handles it better. Then there are the constant bugs on phones and the carrier doesnt seem to release a working fix sometimes, so most people just get a new phone on black Friday and are locked in for 2 more years.

Each new phone now is just slightly better than the last one and it seems like they all have bugs that might get fixed or your trapped with the phone and just learn to deal with it,
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:42 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Or forgo all that crap, go to walmart or whereever and just spend $30 for a burner and be done with it. Contract phones suck, period.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:03 PM
 
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The top-of-the-line phones from 2012 (GS3, One X, Optimus G) are still very usable. As Android has matured, obsolescence has become less of a problem.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:32 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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How else are they going to make any money? Microsoft would have been out of business long ago if they had stayed with Windows 95. I've never spent more than $999 to upgrade but do so every time my contract is up, the technology gets a lot better in two years, and by staying on the same plan I still have unlimited data.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:43 PM
 
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I have prepaid flip phone that I paid $20 for about 3 years ago. I dropped it many times on the concrete and the calls are still crystal clear. $50 a month unlimited calls and texts. If I break it or lose it I'm out $20 and nobody wants to steal my $20 flip phone and I don't have to worry about leaving it out in the open.

I don't get the appeal of having a handheld computer because that's what these "smart" phones are anyway. Most of the day I am working so I can't play on a computer. Then when I'm done working I'm driving so again I can't use it. So the limited places and times I could use it are not worth $300+ price for me. I can wait to get home to do computer work and on a larger screen.

Plus who wants to watch a movie on a 4 inch screen anyway?

If your job allows you to play on a smartphone during the day that must be nice
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:45 PM
 
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That's why hubby and I moved away from Android, we got tired of after 6 months our damn phones turning into bricks.

I have a windows phone now, got it months ago, it's great, sure it doesn't have all the apps that Iphones have (yet) but IMO it's catching on, and it's nice to have a phone that works so well with my laptop. I've had it for at least 4-6 months, no signs of slowing down, and the apps are just getting better

I do think iphone is great, but I don't want to spend that kind of money.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:38 AM
 
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Its either pay $600 and get a cheaper cell plan or pay $199 and be locked into expensive data plan for 2 yrs. Then you have the issue of Android always updating and you pray to God that you manufacturer gives you a update. By time they give you one, the phone feels obsolete and the phone lags on the update and you get a newer phone that handles it better. Then there are the constant bugs on phones and the carrier doesnt seem to release a working fix sometimes, so most people just get a new phone on black Friday and are locked in for 2 more years.

Each new phone now is just slightly better than the last one and it seems like they all have bugs that might get fixed or your trapped with the phone and just learn to deal with it,
Whats the big deal? This has been the computer mantra for a couple of decades, sheesh....
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:07 AM
 
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Whats the big deal? This has been the computer mantra for a couple of decades, sheesh....
Ain't that the truth, I still remember the old saying that the most top of the line computer you buy today is obsolete... before your check clears. In a way this I think is still rather true, just not as severe as it once may have been. There will always be some technology that you will always wish you waited a month to buy.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Volcano
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I think it is a good idea to remember that it was the consumers who created the 6 month model cycle with their incessant demands for newer/faster/hipper/prettier/better gizmos and functions.

Just to chip in my own experience, I've been on Android for several years and two phone models, and never had a moment of trouble. I don't honestly use the phone function much any more... who still talks on the phone now?... and I don't text much, mostly just getting various alerts that way... but I do use the email and internet functions constantly during all my waking hours. What a great reference tool... like having the Library of Congress in my pocket. Google map, superior to any GPS standalone. Dictionary/Thesaurus... faster than a bound hardcopy. Fact checker extraordinaire. News on the fly. Camera as a quick journal of written whiteboard notes or product descriptions. Personal organizer/calendar. Much, much, much more. Just an intensely productive "personal assistant" machine.

Status? Not interested. Gee whizz? Not necessary. The latest apps? Meh. I really only need a few basics, but I use those ALL the time.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:23 AM
 
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Its either pay $600 and get a cheaper cell plan or pay $199 and be locked into expensive data plan for 2 yrs. Then you have the issue of Android always updating and you pray to God that you manufacturer gives you a update.
$600? You can buy a Nexus phone for under half that, and can expect 2 years of OS upgrades.

I bailed on AT&T last year, bought a Nexus 4 when they had their $100 off sale for $260, and pay $30 a month to Consumer Cellular. My phone was fed Android 4.4 a couple weeks after Google released it, and no carrier bloatware.
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