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Old 09-09-2019, 03:47 AM
 
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The choices are mind bogling to this old man, basic needs for new ohone would be to
Text
take pics and post them on FB
occasional phone call
Snapchat
portable GPS
Access my email account.
etc.
what phone do i need?
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Old 09-09-2019, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Phone that you need? As an Apple guy I’d say an iphone 7 or 8. But there are also a lot of good choices in the world of older Samsung flagship models like the S8. The important thing is don’t be afraid to spend $400- $500. Bear in mind, you are talking about a pocket computer that doubles as a phone and camera. You want to have a computer that does the job well, a camera that takes high quality pictures and a phone that sounds like you are on a landline. I’ve never regretted paying for quality, have regretted going cheap.

And why only use it for the occasional call? You can save a ton of money using the phone for all of your long distance calls. We don’t even have a landline anymore. I’m 69.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:38 AM
 
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Pretty much any smartphone will do what you want.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Personally, I think iphones are way over priced, and over hyped. I favor the Andriod platform and Motorola products, they work well, are feature rich, yet inexpensive. Like this one, rated 4 stars out of 5 by cnet....less than $225.

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Old 09-09-2019, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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iPhone SE
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Old 09-09-2019, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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What carrier? Verizon, Sprint? That would make it easier to help you.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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What carrier? Verizon, Sprint? That would make it easier to help you.
Sprint, Don't. Verizon, do
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Before anything else, you need to choose Apple vs. Android. If you use a computer at home, then stay with the same system it uses as a lot of functions will be similar, and phone apps will "play better" with the computer.

The next super important question, is which provider. For that, you need to think about your history of connection strengths, and customer support just as much as thinking about cost. It does you no good to sign up for 2-years of a service that has the lowest cost if you can't get more than 1-bar strength at your home, work, or other common places you'll be using it.

Finally, the phone itself:
Since you're not planning on doing anything really advanced with the phone, you really don't need the flagship models.
Look at the 2nd or even 3rd most current. Each one will have a bit better screen, camera, and OS capabilities, but at pretty big jumps in cost.

IE: the flagship for Samsung is Galaxy S10, so I'd look at the S8, maybe compare it with the S7 and S9.
Get a new one, not a used or a factory renovated one, as you can't be sure how those were treated, and all will have a warranty period that's short.

When you look at a specific model, and compare with other specific models, pay attention to the three different numbers representing memory:

There is "RAM" which is the size of the memory the phone's computer uses. Choose the maximum that is offered for each model:
IE: S07=4; S08=6; S09=6

Next is "Storage RAM", the size of the factory-installed memory used for installing apps and data. To have enough space to install your OS, plus an average number of apps, 32 should be fine, 64 would be a bit better but not mandatory, and 128 will be more than you'll ever need. (Because of the next memory).
IE: S07=32,64,128; S08=64,128; S09=64

Finally there is a third memory number to include when getting a phone. The maximum external memory chip it can support. They pretty much all can use microSD chips, so you'll want to get one to provide even more memory for apps and for data (above the 32 or 64 Storage RAM inside the phone)> Their prices have become super cheap, so budget also buying one with a lot, say a 64 MB microSD chip (Amazon $12, or bump that to 128 for $20). This is almost certainly more than you'll need unless you store videos on your phone).
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Old 09-10-2019, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Sprint, Don't. Verizon, do
That would depend on calling patterns of the OP, wouldn't it ? All carriers can get your voice/data from point A to point B with the same efficiency and speed....but first they have to provide coverage to point A. Not all carriers have the same footprint. Check cell phone coverage maps...there are many.

Asking others "which phone/carrier is best", is a lot like asking which truck is best....best for what, best for who ?

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Old 09-10-2019, 07:25 AM
 
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OP sounds like they would be a light to moderate user. Pay-as-you-go service on an MVNO like Tracfone (with choice of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile networks, depending on location) would be the most economical. If their needs increased they could then step up to a monthly plan.
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