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Old 02-24-2019, 11:48 AM
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
Personally I don’t mind getting personal and some important business calls. I’m not antisocial, On my iPhone I can reject calls or block callers. I never had a job that require the extensive use of a cell phone so no adversion. If aunt Annie, Mr mechanic or (recently) the roofer I want to be there to say hi or yes. To ignore my roofer for an hour would have delayed the finish date by a day

It was nice that my wife able to reach me when she was having her heart attack a few years ago. As a side note, we don’t have a landline
The only problem is that most of the spam callers now use different numbers every time they call. I even get phone calls where the caller ID says I'm calling myself.
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Old 02-24-2019, 03:03 PM
Location: Inactive
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Originally Posted by phetaroi View Post
I went through this thinking nine years ago when I returned from living in Thailand. I had my land line at the house and the built-in phone with Onstar in my Buick. And I was retired. So why would I need a smart phone?

So one day, when I had the flu, I had to go to the store to get some medicine and food. It was a lousy day, sleeting. And when I came back out to the car, the car battery had died. So I used my Onstar...which was dead because the car battery was dead.

After that awful day I bought a basic flip phone which I almost never used.

And then I decided to sell my house and move to another state. It was clear that a smart phone was needed. The showing service that handles our area primarily does their appointments through texting. And now I regularly use a number of apps on my smart phone.

Is it a necessity? No. But it sure does make life easier.

What I really don't like about cell phones smart phones, is this constant need for connection that some people have. When I see people paying so much attention to their smart phone that they walk into a light pole or get hit by a car...come on...that's addiction.

BTW, GM has now "fixed" Onstar. If you car battery goes dead, there's a small backup battery for Onstar.

For some it may be only one or two apps on the smartphone that makes it worthwhile. In my case, Lyft and Uber, because in my fringe outer suburban location for the local taxi company (if need to go the airport or a place with limited parking), good luck having the taxi show up in even 30 minutes and never sure when they will show up (many of the taxi drivers went to work for Lyft and Uber as somewhat better pay). Yes, there is Go Go Grandparent for Lyft and Uber rides without a smartphone, but for seniors being picked up from medical buildings with multiple entrances, seen 1st hand with my smartphone where the GPS is off, and reviews online about that GGG service's problems from that. And smartphones are not for everyone, person has hand dexterity issues opening apps unexpectedly for example.

Before getting a smartphone, really assess what you are going to use it for. If nothing, like an old coworker using a several hundred $ iphone only to call his kids and never using the Internet and apps on the phone, not make sense. And smartphones if really need it and also want it for something can be addicting with one partial cure is to get only a limited 2-3GB data plan, though myself not free from this sin, I have seen teenage kids sitting right next to each other and texting each other on their phones (myself older as an adult not that bad). If no need for a smartphone, then a basic phone lacking payphones around may work.

Sadly the major carrier's offerings on quality basic cell phones are limited - Sprint, only one with bad reviews, AT&T only one with only 2 to 3 star reviews, Verizon Wireless a few more choices, but none of them above 4 stars (carrier's profits are in smartphones). From some of the reviews seen, some are tainted because the person is trying to do something on the phone that is not supported well i.e. going to Internet pages on a 2-inch screen, plus with their lower price, sometimes quality does suffer i.e. blurry camera pics. If can find an older 4G phone as carriers phasing out 3G and older networks, using a highly rated and trusted Amazon seller, often these phones are better quality, but read the reviews, make sure the phone is unlocked and not stolen, and what is the seller's return policy. One example, AT&T ZTE Z223 I bought new at Walmart for a disabled relative in late 2016, prepaid service, has 4G on it and takes average quality pictures, and user reviews are overall above 4 stars, but AT&T Wireless no longer sells it.

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Old 03-01-2019, 10:56 AM
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I have a friend who doesn't have one and I think it's a point of pride with her. It's really inconvenient sometimes especially when I'm doing something like picking her up from the airport. Of course I managed to do it without her having a phone (and without me parking and going in) but it sure would have made things easier.
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