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Old 04-06-2015, 11:41 AM
 
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Just IMHO.. and having retired at age 56 which was 7 years ago.. I have to ask why is a Cell Phone so important to retires? Yes I have a flip phone.. I seldom carry it.. I dont want to be the selfcentered obnoxious person on the phone , at Stop Lights... In The store.. The Movie House, or Church or anywhere else you see people totally unaware of their surroundings and making pest of themselves..
911 service. If my dad had a cellphone when he fell off a ladder trying to change a lightbulb, he would not have spent the next 12 hours trying to crawl across the floor in terrible pain trying to get to the phone to call for help.

You don't have to be that guy on the phone all the time. Just don't do it. I don't, and I've had a cell phone for going on 20 years now - my first was a prepaid Nokia.

In actuality, I could easily go to a pre-paid service, any of the several mentioned in this thread, for way less money. I just didn't think of that as an option when my flip phone died late last year.

When the contract on my current plan expires, that is likely what I will do. I virtually never even use it as a phone - I mostly just use the GPS, which is not as good as a real GPS IMO - and when I get a landline I'll only need it for emergency use on the road - say to call AAA or 911. I'll just get a TomTom or something with a nice big screen and repeatable directions (it is so weird that there is no GPS phone ap that will allow you to request a repeat of the directions). And a pay-per-use prepaid phone for real emergencies.

I just don't need to be "in touch" all the time. Few people do, IMO. But cell phones DO have their uses.
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:45 AM
 
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I retired almost 2 years ago and I have had a smartphone for years.....
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Old 04-06-2015, 01:22 PM
 
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PNW: We are Active as well ( we live on Charlotte Harbor SWF boating motorcycles etc etc we NEVER watch TV.. ) , but honestly how often do you see what I described.. 99% of those calls are just blablablabla.. I am sure the ones texting in a movie house or those sitting at the green light have no issues with it hahahaha..
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We're "retired" but we still have very active lives and find them very useful. Plus the spouse has a small business and most of his customers prefer to use cell phones and text (and email) for info and appointments. Because you can't find a use for them or don't like it when other people use them doesn't mean everyone else views them the same way.
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Old 04-06-2015, 02:07 PM
 
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I just got a IPhone when wife renewed. I have to say I liked some of the features. the my link in our trucks is also nice.
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Old 04-06-2015, 02:09 PM
 
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Smart Phones both of us.
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Old 04-06-2015, 02:15 PM
 
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I love my galaxy s4 and can't wait to get the new s6. Everything is on my phone, my calendar, my photos, my contact list... I practically write down nothing anymore. I also prefer my phone camera to my bulky Olympus. Age - 65
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Old 04-06-2015, 02:18 PM
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Sure, I've seen (heard) THAT guy/gal in a public place, talking far too loud on a personal call. It is definitely the down side of the technology. But when I think about my cell phone use, I use it for voice less than 10% of the time, most of the use is text, email and data (internet, GPS, music in the car).

I have a TV because I gave up on movie theaters - $10-$12 a person to see the movie on someone else's schedule when I can wait 6 months and rent it from Amazon for free or for less than $5?. Rental is the way to go. I haven't been tempted to watch very many recent movies more than once, so why buy?
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Old 04-06-2015, 04:03 PM
 
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How many of us older retired people still use old flip phone or have come into the 21 centry with a Iphone or smart phone, Do you think it is silly for us retired people to get this expensive smart phone service. That what some of my friends are telling me

I am retireing in in the next 2 years at age 64 or 66 will receive social security, but my wife is still working and we have that old type flip phone with no internet except our computers. Our cost with service will go up a 100 dollars a month with iphone
Have you actually done any research into the plans available? You can buy a phone for less than $100, and get good service (voice, text and data) for $30 a month...no contract.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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Just IMHO.. and having retired at age 56 which was 7 years ago.. I have to ask why is a Cell Phone so important to retires?
I can speak only for myself: it's my camera, scanner, address book, email access, calendar, appointment keeper, journal, photo viewer, grocery list, recipe keeper, coupon keeper, note pad, map, Bible and spiritual books, medical records keeper, audiobook player, library card, music player, diet and fitness tracker, movie and restaurant finder, weather tracker, calculator, loyalty card holder, list maker, transit card purchaser and keeper, and more.

We travel extensively and I often don't carry a laptop or tablet, my iPhone does it all. It carries my itinerary information and provides immediate access to information and reviews on places and events and attractions wherever we are. It's my compass, flashlight, altimeter, gas station finder, wifi finder, and coffee shop finder. Last week we were at the horse races and it was my Daily Racing Form.

I only accumulate about 30-45 minutes a month actual phone (talk) time. But my iPhone is always on my body except when I'm sleeping or bathing.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:25 PM
 
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Good advice. For those who like Verizon Wireless coverage, Page Plus uses their network. And they have cheaper plans: https://www.pagepluscellular.com/plans/

I'm guessing most won't even use 1GB, especially if you're always on wifi anyway.
I actually use about 1.5 MB a data a month. I like to stream radio when I am on the freeway since local radio in Tucson is miserable.

I have the WiFi set up so that it turns on automatically when I arrive at home, work, the gym, Starbucks, etc, which represents well over 80% of my waking day.
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