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Old 04-04-2015, 11:01 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

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Old 04-04-2015, 11:11 PM
 
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I'll certainly have internet service on my device including my phone until I can't operate it anymore. I get great pleasure out of it and it stimulates me mentally.
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I'm retired early due to disability and on SSI. I still use a dumb phone.

BUT, I did buy a used iphone, and for Christmas I am upgrading myself to a data plan with Verizon (who I'm now with for only $25/month for limited minutes) to $65/month for limited data.

But, I got a wireless router for my internet at home, and when I'm at home, I can use the smart phone for free minutes while I'm on wi-fi at home. If I understood them correctly. In the meantime, I'm learning how to use the iphone with my wifi at home to use the internet on it - don't use it for phone calls yet.

The reasons I'm going to upgrade, is for one: I use Skype with my best friend in Canada. I can call her for free with Skype to her iphone. Right now, I can only call her with my computer at home (or if I took my computer somewhere with wi-fi). When I have cellular service with my iphone, I'll be able to call her using Skype anytime, anywhere.

Another reason, is that I will be able to use it as a GPS. I was looking at buying a GPS, then realized I don't need to, if I get the cellular service with the Iphone. I wouldn't need it very often, so wouldn't use up a bunch of data using it as a GPS, but it would be nice. I moved to a new area, and like to travel around a bit on day trips, and now I need to plan my route with Google maps I print out.

Those are my main reasons. My friend in Canada and I are starting a business together, even though she's there and I'm here. And some of it involves me shopping for fabric and things that I want to show her. With the iphone, I can call her from the store with Skype and actually show her things I'm considering buying and get her opinion right then and there.

Yes, I could survive without it, as I obviously have been. But, I can afford the extra $40/month. I'd rather scrimp on something else, in order to have it.

But, I promised myself I'd wait until I pay off a couple bills and learn how to use my iphone at home first. I've never had a Mac. I just learned how to use Siri - my iphone talks to me. It's pretty funny. I have a female voice setting, and I can ask her to look things up on the internet for me, and she'll tell me the answer. I thought it was so cool, I said, "I love you!" She said, "I bet you say that to all your Apple products." Laughed my butt off!
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I had a flip phone, and then one with a few more functions and didn't really want a full scare enabled phone. But the problem is they don't make new ones. You end up with a refurbished phone with residual problems. I got sick and tired of having them fixed only to get a new one show up.

The phone now is actually a smart phone, and it doesn't cost me much more. But its a brand new phone, and it even works most of the time. I admit to listening to music, and managed a few you tube videos, but its a much more reliable phone than the already old and tired refirbs.

I'd actually LOVE a flip phone since it really makes me feel like I've got my communicator.
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:54 PM
 
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I pay $35 a month for a Moto G smartphone with Cricket. I get unlimited calls, text, and 2.5 GB of data a month, which is more than I will ever use since I am usually on WiFi.

That phone replaces:

A GPS
An alarm clock
An am/fm radio
A TV
Much of my mail

My phone cost me a whopping $25 ($100- $75 rebate) and does everything my wife's iPhone does.

It is on the AT&T network which means I will get good coverage (except in NE).
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:00 AM
 
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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
I'm 66+ years old, the last flip phone I had was ca 2010, 5 years ago. Are they still available, wow I had no idea. Yes, I think it's silly to expect to be able to buy a flip phone two years from now, in 2017. And even sillier to project your iPhone costs into the future. Where on earth did you get the idea that your iPhone costs would increase by that exact amount?
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:04 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I just moved to an iPhone because an app works with my hearing aids and trusty flip-phone couldn't handle it. I'm learning to like the iPhone but I seldom use it as a phone....mostly email.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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We like our flip phones and are keeping them. They're not glued to our ears. We use them in each vehicle primary for emergencies or to let each other know where we're at and when we'll be home. It's worth the $24.00 monthly cost for those reasons.
BTW we still use our rotary landline phone. The few calls we make or get it works just fine.
We seemed to have survived all these many many years without the latest fancy dancy 'have to have' gadgets that cost a small fortune. There are other pleasures in life that are more enjoyable.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:33 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Old fashioned here. Both have flip phones and I wonder sometimes if I should get a smart phone mostly because I'd like a phone with a good camera in it.

But all I use my phone for is in the car if there is an emergency. I'm retired so I'm not running around going to all sorts of places where I have to constantly keep in touch. I have a landline to call people.

The negatives of the smart phone seem to be the ongoing cost and needing to sign up for a contract as well as the tiny flip phone fits neatly into the small wrislet purse that I use. I travel light.
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Old 04-05-2015, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I did have to get a new phone when the old flip refused to hold a charge.
Still wanted one that would close so got a flip but it does have web access and a camera, even though I don't use either
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