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Old 02-13-2017, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Center City
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Have an iPhone 5 and will probably not upgrade.
You should probably upgrade every 2- 3 years if you want to optimize your phone's utility. Software and apps are always upgrading and some won't work (or work well) on older phones. Basically, your phone's response will become increasingly sluggish.
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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My husband and I both have iPhones - he has the 5S and I have the 6. No plans to upgrade as long as these are still working fine. We pay about $95 a month for both plans with unlimited talk/text and plenty of data for our needs. We love getting texts and videos of the grandkids but we also use it for many other things including GPS, mobile banking, and a plethora of apps that make life easier. Before I got mine, I didn't think I would need it, but now I can't imagine living without one! Tracfone is a good way to get in on a low cost device and plan to get started.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:09 AM
 
Location: equator
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So none of you retirees have problems typing on that insane itsy-bitsy keyboard? No one has mentioned that. I LOVE typing on my full-size laptop but cannot, for the life of me, accomplish anything on that POS smartphone keyboard.


We turn the phone off when not using it. Yet, we go to get it later and it's DEAD. Every time. Husband took it to store today, tried to use it, "not connected to network"....SIGH. Just wanted to make a dang phone call. Nothing makes me feel as dumb as smartphones (except financial planning )


Maybe if we had any interest in social media, but we are not even on FB.


Give me back our crappy flip-phones....but at least we only pay $15/month for this worthless POS.


Rant over....
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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So none of you retirees have problems typing on that insane itsy-bitsy keyboard? No one has mentioned that. I LOVE typing on my full-size laptop but cannot, for the life of me, accomplish anything on that POS smartphone keyboard.


We turn the phone off when not using it. Yet, we go to get it later and it's DEAD. Every time. Husband took it to store today, tried to use it, "not connected to network"....SIGH. Just wanted to make a dang phone call. Nothing makes me feel as dumb as smartphones (except financial planning )


Maybe if we had any interest in social media, but we are not even on FB.


Give me back our crappy flip-phones....but at least we only pay $15/month for this worthless POS.


Rant over....
My Dw had one, she hated it. When that contract expired, she went back to a dumb phone.

She wants a phone for talking to people. She wants her laptop for when she is ready to read and respond to emails.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Born in L.A. - NYC is Second Home - Rustbelt is Home Base
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OP, nope. I have a $75 a year Tracfone from Walmart. I get 400 min a year. Maybe I use 150 min a year, so always have a carryover of min. Can't afford a smartphone. Maybe if I hit the lotto I will get one. I use the libraries net. In their parking lot it is 24/7 wifi.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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So none of you retirees have problems typing on that insane itsy-bitsy keyboard? No one has mentioned that. I LOVE typing on my full-size laptop but cannot, for the life of me, accomplish anything on that POS smartphone keyboard.


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No one mentioned that issue. Probably because it is not a problem for the posters. One nice feature on many smartphones is that the phone adapts to your fingers as you type. Yes I prefer a full sized keyboard, but as I mentioned earlier, it is Really Nice to not have to lug my laptop (or a camera or a GPS or maps or...) when I travel.
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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So none of you retirees have problems typing on that insane itsy-bitsy keyboard? No one has mentioned that. I LOVE typing on my full-size laptop but cannot, for the life of me, accomplish anything on that POS smartphone keyboard.


We turn the phone off when not using it. Yet, we go to get it later and it's DEAD. Every time. Husband took it to store today, tried to use it, "not connected to network"....SIGH. Just wanted to make a dang phone call. Nothing makes me feel as dumb as smartphones (except financial planning )


Maybe if we had any interest in social media, but we are not even on FB.


Give me back our crappy flip-phones....but at least we only pay $15/month for this worthless POS.


Rant over....
Well, you won't catch me typing with my thumbs like the younger crowd, but I do just fine with one finger. The predictive text keeps me from having to type the whole word most of the time anyway. Additionally, the microphone option works really well too - most times I just talk into it and it captures what I say.
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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Some people are good with computers and smart phones, they seem to understand them intuitively. Most don't especially us older people.
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:50 PM
 
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No, we do not have a smartphone. We have one Star Trek Communicator, a/k/a flip/dumb phone, that we take whenever we leave the house.

Neither of us text, probably because we're both touch typists and prefer to write in complete sentences. We use our desktop computer for everything because our fingers can fly on the keyboard. Also, as someone mentioned, smartphone screens are very difficult to read for some of us with bad eyes.

I can see where smartphones can be a great tool for many. If you travel often, I'm sure they are very helpful. At this time, we have no real use for a smartphone. It's funny, because we were on computers way before most people of our generation and actually were considered the oddballs because of it. We were the people everyone called to set up or fix their 'puters.

We won't hesitate to buy one if we have good use for it, such as if, as we intend, we find ourselves looking for real estate over the coming year. I can see there will come a time when you will have to have a smartphone to do everything you want to do, but until that happens, we're sticking with what we like.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I am still somewhat the same way, except texting gives the ability of a private conversation when someone is right there
That is so true. I wish all those people riding whatever bus I'm on would text instead of talking on their phones at the top of their voice which people on their phones on the bus always seem to do.

I've been surrounded by several conversations all going on at once none of which I wanted or needed to hear.
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