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Basic phone or Smartphone?

Started 1339451522.333 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1339517041.683 by Halcyon

Senior citizen here,Have a basic flip phone works fine. Can upgrade ,Should I get a Smartphone???If you switched,are you happy? Thank you so much...............Lexi

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Mainz1339451636.743723 PostsRegistered 8/30/2007
Only if you want to spend the extra money each month for Internet with the smart phone. It's not an option.

lovestotea­ch1339455135.81717700 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009DFW Metroplex, Tx

I loove my smartphone. It has saved me when my laptop started to fail. It has saved me from getting lost in another city away from home. It stores MORE than my computer. I read Kindle books on it. It has all of my music. It spells words for me... I always look to see if it is spelling the RIGHT word lol!

Lovestoteach~ ~ ♥ ♥♥

glb6131339456856.00711664 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I think a lot depends on how mobile you are and need to be online. I have a desktop, notebook, iPad and they are plenty for my needs. When I got a new phone, I selected a dumb phone. I'm the type that only needs a phone for talking.

kolkatamom­RN1339457165.46756 PostsRegistered 12/12/2010

I {#emotions_dlg.wub} my iPhone.

Anais1339458443.01988 PostsRegistered 5/26/2007

It took a long time before I would even buy a basic cell phone and I only did it because of my job and to have a phone if I had an emergency while driving. I upgraded to an iphone a few years ago and i really do love it. I like being able to access email, listen to music, play games, read, etc. and it doesn't matter where I am. I can do a lot with it and it has been wonderful to have when power is out during a storm.

martek1339502646.097277 PostsRegistered 10/13/2010
On 6/11/2012 Mainz said: Only if you want to spend the extra money each month for Internet with the smart phone. It's not an option.
I have a smartphone and you DO NOT pay extra each month for Internet. I prepay $30 a month and that is for everything. I love it!

Brabls1339514152.8414740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

May depend upon your eyesight & dexterity. I am sticking with my dumb phone. I tried using a friend's smartphone & it was too difficult to see & manipulate.

If I traveled alot, may think differently about the issue. I can see some rea lpros then.

luvmypupz1339514517.024991 PostsRegistered 8/30/2010By the Sea Shore

I recently got a smart phone and mine is unlimited everything for 49.00 a month, just my basic phone was 39.00 so I don't think that is bad.

Depending on it you plan to use it for internet and other online things a smart phone would be a good choice. If all you want to do with it is make calls or send texts, I would just stick with the basic one. DH just has a basic phone because he doesn't go online etc. so that works best for him.

"I confronted the fact that I was not only talking to a dog, but answering for one." - Claire Cook, Must Love Dogs

Ladyjenn1339514728.432345 PostsRegistered 10/27/2010Northern CA

I love my smart phone, I never miss an email!

Momma to 2 Dachshunds and 1 Bernese Mountain Dog!
45 yrs old, Northern CA

Nitestar1339514958.3472632 PostsRegistered 12/8/2004

Love my basic "dumb" flip phone and have no desire to change. I have texting blocked from my phone. I don't want to text and don't want to receive them. If someone needs something.....they can call me! I use my cell phone as my land line also, but only care to receive and/or make calls with it. I can use my computer if I want to surf the net or read my e-mail. I dread the day when they no longer make "dumb" phones!!!!

hckynut1339515699.74321281 PostsRegistered 5/20/2006Nebraska

Basic phone or Smartphone?

Make your decision the way I do on any item that costs anywhere over $50. It this something that is a practical thing for me to have or is it just something to look at and/or say "look what I have"?

Since my early adult years I've never bought anything because it was "the thing" of the time, and I am one that has been called an electronic geek for decades. However I am one that only buys new models or technology because I am in the market for any upgrade and can also sell me older equipment for a reasonable price.

If you think you need something like this, for entertainment/Internet/calendar scheduling or the tons of other things it will do? That is entirely up to you. If, like myself, a cell phone is used primarily for it's intended use, to call people or them to call you?

My phone is an updated TracFone that has lot's of features on it, but 99% of them I have never used and see no reason in the future to do so. I got the ts from hsn, as I usually do each year or so, as with these deals you get a newer type of phone and lot's of minutes along with all the chargers you will need.

About the only features I use other than to talk are the "time of the day clock", and on a rare occasion the camera. For this I pay about $5.95 per month, and for me this fits my "electronic geek need", and also is the most practical and cheapest way I've found to meet "my cell phone needs", not to try to have "the latest innovation" in so-called cell phones, when in all actuality, they are a much more portable computer than a desktop.


Halcyon1339517041.6531570 PostsRegistered 11/18/2010
On 6/11/2012 kolkatamomRN said:

I {#emotions_dlg.wub} my iPhone.

My parents are seniors, and while they initially thought they would have dexterity difficulties with the iPhone, they quickly found it was not the case. They, too, love their iPhones and iPads.

Perhaps you can visit an Apple Store to try one, lexi.

Oh my; how positively lovely!

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