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Old 09-20-2012, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I've really fallen behind in the electronics area. I'm a current ATT user and will keep with them. I don't text nor do I plan to (none of my friends do either), I only use it for calling and I might use it to do a little net surfing at work on my lunch break and thats free wifi.

Att is offering some deals on the I4's right now and I've been looking at them and some of the Blackberries...I don't know enough to make a good decision and it's scary, I know going into the store they'll try to sell me stuff that I don't want.

I do my major surfing and net stuff at home on my desktop with DSL, so my data usage would be pretty low if not non existant.

I did look at the 2 non data phones they have but they get such poor ratings I realize it's time for me to go with the flow.

Soooo what do I need - just the basics?
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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I can relate to you, I was you about a week ago until I saw that AT&T was offering the Sony Ion for free with an upgrade. I had a flip phone too and had never upgraded at all. I was debating whether to get an I-phone (I have a I-pod and love it) or get a cheaper smartphone since I'm in NYC where I-phones are being swiped left and right, and also I didn't want to pay more on my bill each month.

Since I'm not on the go much I was content to use my I-pod at home but with the free offer I thought it was a good time to decide. I didn't want to get the I-phone simply b/c personally I would be too afraid to use it in public so I wanted a smartphone that's not so easily identified.

You won't go wrong with an I-phone per the ease of use and other pluses. I wish I had the freedom and money to use and carry it here but I may just buy a non-contract earlier model I-phone in case someone does steal my Ion.

I'm just starting to become familiar with this Android phone and as silly as it seems I like you am afraid. I'm starting to get a little more relaxed. I'm just afraid to download apps that might charge my AT&T account anytime it upgrades. With my I-pod I don't worry about that since its connected to my cable company's wi-fi but another poster here helped me by telling me I can connect to my home's wi-fi on my smartphone, but what if I'm away from home when those apps upgrade? Oh my. I guess my data plan will be enough. Does the Android like the I-phone let you decide when you want to upgrade an app?

Luv, who is Android paralyzed .

P.S. I love how the I-phone lets you know exactly where to go for apps, Android on the other hand really doesn't. I'm guessing you have to go to Google but is there a page similar to I-tunes for Android? Someone tell me where to go. Now I'm starting feel like the old fogies who are learning new technology.

Good luck ReturningWest with your decision.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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If you switch from a flip phone to smart phone, you will end up paying for data.

I got the smallest package as I have no need for Apps. and I believe At&t raise there rates for that but I rarely use data with wifi.

I rarely text too so I have smallest package, if I go over no biggy only a dollar for that month.

Check with Amazon Wireless, I bought my Blackberry Torch for 1 cent. In December when my contract ends I am going to go to same site and im going to order a Samsung Captivate Glide as it has bigger keyboard and screen.
My service is with At&T.

If you have kids box and store that flip phone it might be collecter one day, like rotary phones.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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If you wish to stay with ATT then they offer some phones which are not androids such as the Pantech Pursuit II which would be a good in between phone if you do not wish to use the internet.

There are also many other unlocked phones you can buy online at retailers such as Compusa.com Newegg.com Walmart and others, so you can just buy an unlocked phone and then put in your sim card from your current ATT phone and it will work and you do not have to sign up for a contract.

There are also prepaid plans which can save a person a bundle if you do not use a cell phone often. TMobile has one plan where you get 1000 minute for $100 and the minutes are good for a year and any left over minutes would carry over into the next year, so it is important to evaluate how many minutes you use a month and then decide what plan is best for you and then which phone you can use on that plan.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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P.S. I love how the I-phone lets you know exactly where to go for apps, Android on the other hand really doesn't. I'm guessing you have to go to Google but is there a page similar to I-tunes for Android? Someone tell me where to go. Now I'm starting feel like the old fogies who are learning new technology.
Android phones have the "Play Store" and it serves the same purpose as the App Store on iPhones. It's where you get all your apps.

Android is open market... so there are other "stores" such as the Amazon app store. But it doesn't have anything more than the Play Store. Pricing might be different.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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Given that adoption of blackberries has fallen below 3%, attaining a blackberry is "going with the flow". The flow tends to be iPhones and Android phones. I always suggest that people try out smart phones for 2 years and if it doesn't provide value, switch back to a feature phone. Don't overlook the value just because you think you won't use it effectively. Statistically, this isn't the case.
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