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Old 05-01-2011, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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As for those limited data plans.....in my opinion they are worth it. If you are indoors, you can have your data go over wi-fi, which will not deduct your allotted monthly quota (but it will deduct minutes, and, I believe, texts).

If you are not a teenager, or one who is "addicted" to social media, 200 mb a month should be more than plenty.
For whatever it is worth, I'm not a teenager and I'm never on Facebook or other similar social media, and I use A LOT more than 200 MB/month every month (at least 2-3 times that amount and sometimes more) on my Motorola DROID 2 on Verizon. I don't even stream audio or video that often (audio rarely, video practically never), but checking my e-mails, using various applications (like MLB At Bat '11) fairly often, and sometimes looking at web content consumes a lot of memory.

(To be fair, I do not use Wi-Fi because with Verizon that's an additional $20/month on top of the $30/month unlimited data plan. Most of the time 3G speeds are acceptable for what I need/want to do.)

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Old 05-02-2011, 12:54 AM
 
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When thinking about the value of a smartphone, it is helpful to think of it as what it really is, which is a pocket/microcomputer that can make phone calls, rather than as an enhanced phone. (Everyone who already has a smartphone is probably saying "no duh", but I think people without smartphones don't conceptually think of smartphones as microcomputers.)
I think you bring up a very important point.

Smartphones make life simpler, really. Yesterday I went into NYC. I was supposed to hang out with some friends at a particular bar and scout for some girls. The bar turned out to be a dud and was almost completely empty. Anyone who goes out in NYC knows that one day a bar can be a hit while another it's a miss for no apparent reason. The fact that I could just look up what the happening places were within minutes and head that way really made the night excellent.

Just one example.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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That's another thing about internet forums that anonoys me.
Yea a Smartphone may not be worth it to someone that makes $25,000 a year. But what about the guy pulling down $70K and living in an inexpensive market like Cleveland? Chump change.
Or for someone like me that gets it all free through his job?


I hate posts when someone is like "I can't believe people..."


(just a few things I have read on C-Data in the past few months)
  • Pay to rent movies
  • Buy DVD's
  • Pay $2,000 for a computer
  • Pay for Satellite Radio
  • Pay for Netflix
Tip: Some of us on these forums make good money so $8-$12 a month for Netflix isn't a huge expense.

As I said before, and I can't believe this thread has gone for so long... we are all different and we all have different income levels. No it doesn't make sense for everyone to have a smartphone. But if you can afford one, and you want one, they are nice to have.

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Old 05-02-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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I think you bring up a very important point.

Smartphones make life simpler, really. Yesterday I went into NYC. I was supposed to hang out with some friends at a particular bar and scout for some girls. The bar turned out to be a dud and was almost completely empty. Anyone who goes out in NYC knows that one day a bar can be a hit while another it's a miss for no apparent reason. The fact that I could just look up what the happening places were within minutes and head that way really made the night excellent.

Just one example.
We both have smart phones (Droid 2 and Droid X), and use a lot of the features. One of the deciding factors for us was the ability to use them as a GPS navigator. We have a Garmin, but Mrs. Tek is traveling a lot (A lot!) and she takes it with her. Having a smart phone lets me use GPS without having a second Garmin. We are also planning on traveling after she retires next year so they will be handy for Internet access on the road, etc.

Of course Angry Birds just happened to end up on them as well.

I find it to be an extraordinary tool.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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That's another thing about internet forums that anonoys me.
Yea a Smartphone may not be worth it to someone that makes $25,000 a year. But what about the guy pulling down $70K and living in an inexpensive market like Cleveland? Chump change.
Or for someone like me that gets it all free through his job?


I hate posts when someone is like "I can't believe people..."


(just a few things I have read on C-Data in the past few months)
  • Pay to rent movies
  • Buy DVD's
  • Pay $2,000 for a computer
  • Pay for Satellite Radio
  • Pay for Netflix
Tip: Some of us on these forums make good money so $8-$12 a month for Netflix isn't a huge expense.

As I said before, and I can't believe this thread has gone for so long... we are all different and we all have different income levels. No it doesn't make sense for everyone to have a smartphone. But if you can afford one, and you want one, they are nice to have.
Agreed 100%.

Just because someone can't, or won't, justify spending the money for a "toy" or a service doesn't mean everyone else shouldn't. Why is it these people feel the need to tell the rest of us how to spend our money?

I get irritated when someone thinks anyone not living on either the east or west coast has no need for cable Internet or a smart phone. What planet do they live on? La-La?
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: My House
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Smart Phones aren't worth it... to YOU, OP.

Doesn't mean they're not worth it to people who actually utilize the many features of the device.

That pretty much sums it up.

I think that cable TV is a worthless expense. I've not had cable in 4 years.

That said, I wouldn't say it is universally worthless. Just worthless to ME.
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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For whatever it is worth, I'm not a teenager and I'm never on Facebook or other similar social media, and I use A LOT more than 200 MB/month every month (at least 2-3 times that amount and sometimes more) on my Motorola DROID 2 on Verizon. I don't even stream audio or video that often (audio rarely, video practically never), but checking my e-mails, using various applications (like MLB At Bat '11) fairly often, and sometimes looking at web content consumes a lot of memory.

(To be fair, I do not use Wi-Fi because with Verizon that's an additional $20/month on top of the $30/month unlimited data plan. Most of the time 3G speeds are acceptable for what I need/want to do.)
Hmmm...there seems to be some confusion on my, or your, part. Verizon does offer a wifi "hotspot" service, that does cost an additional monthly payment, but if I am not mistaken, this service is primarily for laptops and/or picking up wifi in areas that are prioritized (i.e., where you have to pay to use wifi; airports, some coffee shops, etc.). All other wifi spots should be free, and your Droid 2 can use them.

I don't pay a dime to Verizon to connect my phone to wifi in my home, at my GFs place, at school, at the bar/restaurant/music venue I frequent, and many other places. The data that goes over these connections also does not show up on my bill, so it is possible that I use more than 200mb. Doesn't matter anyways since I pay for "unlimited' data.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Virgin Mobile has an LG smart phone with Android 2.2 for $200. You can get a plan for 300 anytime minutes with unlimited text, data, email and web for $25 month. For $40 bucks, you get 1200 anytime minutes.

Additional Features

  • Android 2.2™ platform
  • 600 MHz Processor
  • Video
  • Speakerphone
  • Bluetooth®
  • MP3
  • Speech To Text
  • SCVNGR
  • Where®
  • Text Messaging
  • Picture Messaging
  • Ringback Tones
  • Email and Instant Messaging
  • Ringtones
  • Games
  • Graphics
And Virgin Mobile leases Sprint network.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Or are they? Looking for someone to poke holes in my figures:


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The cheapest smartphone plan I can find is at least $75/phone. Even then, the data limit is around 2GB. Add tethering (assuming I'm not sneaky enough to get around it) and that's an extra $20, plus some plans which charge extra for android (+$10/mo).


virgin mobile ..$25/month..unlimited data/text, 300 talk minutes
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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The virgin mobile is good if you can live within 300 minutes. Thats a lot less than the pre-pay plans.
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