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    I have absolutely no use for a smart phone. I wach peole on the street heads down engosed in the device and internet.

    For me text is important. I get texts from my doctors with appointment reminders, and notifications from my pharmacy.

    I prefer text over voice mil. Text provides a runnng record of exchanges.

    If I am on the street I can text metro with a transit stop number and get the time of the next bus. Those kinds of things are useful.

    I am trying decide what to do for internet in my apartment. We have Wave but it ends up being expensive. I may get a smart phone with a wireless hot spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skepticalbip View Post
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    Yeah, modern "phones" aren't really phones at all, they're pocket computers.

    My phone I use for a huge number of different purposes, but only very rarely as a device for talking to people.

    I would certainly agree that that purpose is better served by an inexpensive single purpose device.
    Separate devices mean more things to carry. I'd prefer one general-purpose device.
    I only carry one device, the one I have a use for. Apparently Treedbear has found that he doesn't need the functions of a computer and internet service when away from home either but needs a phone.
    You've found me out. I didn't hardly need a mobile phone when I was working. And then only because I'd have felt silly if I had car problems and left it at home. During the day I'd use the company's phones. So I'd unplug it in the morning and plug it back in when I got home. Since I left work due to covid I use it more and put up with all the spam. Particularly annoying is the weekly shake-down from "The National Police Association" for a donation. Once in a great while it would be nice having internet to compare prices when out shopping. Needing to find a tow truck or get directions for me is seldom to never. And I much prefer the freedom from being tied into a network constantly. But I understand and have sympathy for all the folks who have lots of family and work relationships. It seems to be a necessity these days and a convenience in many ways. But like all technology it can also become a distraction. I hate distractions but love technology. So that freedom might just be my illusion. Frankly the main reason I don't have a smart phone is that it would cost me an extra $200 per year. On balance it ain't worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skepticalbip View Post
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    Yeah, modern "phones" aren't really phones at all, they're pocket computers.

    My phone I use for a huge number of different purposes, but only very rarely as a device for talking to people.

    I would certainly agree that that purpose is better served by an inexpensive single purpose device.
    Separate devices mean more things to carry. I'd prefer one general-purpose device.
    I only carry one device, the one I have a use for. Apparently Treedbear has found that he doesn't need the functions of a computer and internet service when away from home either but needs a phone.
    Actually, I find the biggest use I make of it is the Kindle app--reading books while I'm waiting for something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
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    I only carry one device, the one I have a use for. Apparently Treedbear has found that he doesn't need the functions of a computer and internet service when away from home either but needs a phone.
    Actually, I find the biggest use I make of it is the Kindle app--reading books while I'm waiting for something.
    Don't you find that to be a strain on your eyes? A tablet yes, but a smart phone screen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treedbear View Post
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    I only carry one device, the one I have a use for. Apparently Treedbear has found that he doesn't need the functions of a computer and internet service when away from home either but needs a phone.
    Actually, I find the biggest use I make of it is the Kindle app--reading books while I'm waiting for something.
    Don't you find that to be a strain on your eyes? A tablet yes, but a smart phone screen?
    I wear progressive lens glasses, I have the font size set large enough, it's not a problem at all.

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    Update. It only took 2 months to decide but I ended up getting an AT&T compatible Alcatel SmartFlip "prepaid" phone from Walmart, marked down to $25. The AT&T store across the street set up the nano sim for my phone number and I got to keep what was left of my $100/year fee. Then I needed to manually set up my old contact info. It's bigger than my 10 year old ZTE phone. The buttons are easy to use and some features are improved. I was hampered by not knowing what some basic terms meant such as "locked" vs "unlocked" and what "prepaid" implied. Finally ran into a young Japanese clerk at the Walmart tech desk who explained it to me. Locked means you're tied to one carrier (unless that carrier is willing to unlock it for you). Prepaid doesn't necessarily mean that you need to sign up with one set of plans. I got to keep my yearly plan without any data. But I couldn't argue with $25 and it does the job for now. What confused me was that AT&T said they sold a flip-phone that would work and it would only cost me $62. I would have gone for it but then they didn't have it in stock, and then none of their stores had it in stock so they sent me to an affiliated store who said they could order it but when I showed up it turned out it had to come with a prepaid plan of at least $30/month. So they also recommend that I go to Walmart. First Walmart had squat so I stopped at BestBuy. They tell me AT&T stopped sending them flip-phones. So the kid at the 2nd Walmart straightened me out and now I'm a happy camper. In the meantime my old phone will still function to dial 911 in an emergency so I'll leave it in my car.

    Thanks to everyone for their help. I guess I'll have to do it all again when they phase out 4G LTE. Actually I ran across some articles on how you can do just about anything on a smart phone without a paid plan as long as you can access wi-fi.

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