Got rid of my smartphone

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  1. J-man

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    I wasn't referring to the OP and whether it's about phones or tech in general is beside the point. As for every generation being hipsters.. No, not really, at least not in the sense I mean.

    You might want to follow your own advice.;)
     
  2. sax4blues

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    My apologies if it's already been said, but at some point the only phones available may be smart phones. My wife wanted a simple text capable phone with physical keyboard when her's died. We could find only one model and the sales person thought those would be gone in a year.

    The death will be from infrastructure. Just try to buy and install a dial phone at home, most service provider systems will not work with that standard.

    Also mass market and new users will drive out the manufacture/sales of old models. I would bet my next three paychecks there is not one first time cell phone buyer shopping for anything but a smart phone.
     
  3. J-man

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    Nokia recently launched a very nice non-smartphone.

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/08/nokias-nicest-dumbphon/

    "Dumbphones" are still incredibly popular in less developed countries and plenty of old models are still produced.. Your sales person either didn't know what they were talking about or just meant that they would no longer carry those models.
     
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    Dinosaur here. I don't have one and I don't want one. I'm thinking about getting ipod to load songs.
     
  6. Rhythm Thief

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    :lol: Like it.
     
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    I guess when you say things like:

    ..it kinda sounds like you're putting down people who use smartphones.

    I couldn't care less what others do with theirs, or even what kind of phone they use.. my phone helps me make money, write books, maintain websites, communicate with customers, get directions, etc.. no way I'd ever go back to old technology.
     
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    get an iPhone, you can load songs and take and make phone calls

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  9. Delta Blues

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    I've been cell phone free since 2010. I quit at the same time I quit smoking.
     
  10. FenderGyrl

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    I had a flip phone for years. It even flew off of my dashboard once.:eek: Luckily I decided to go back and get it off of the road, because it still worked! I finally had to get a smartphone for work. Being a plant manager on the nightshift, I am happy when everyone from dayshift is asleep and I can turn the damn thing off for the night.:cool: Most of the discipline slips I have to issue at work are for cellphone usage on company time. I have even had to fire people because of their phone addiction. :mad: Its a nightmare trying to enforce company policy regarding cell phone usage. :rolleyes:
     
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    ...as they're logged on 10 hours a day, posting to the tdpri.com among other websites I'm sure. But yes, they shun modern technology :lol:

    However, the best to me are the 'I don't own a TV' guys. Therefore, they're morally superior to the rest of us-- those guys are THE BEST.
     
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    We don't have a TV, for a couple of reasons. Main one is that there's so much crud on UK TV that it wouldn't be on much if we did. I'm very much more into music than viewing so the money went on the hi-fi.

    Also, in the UK you're not-quite-legally obliged to pay for an annual license of IIRC around £140. While I was out at work my other half received visits from their officials making intimidating threats about forcing entry to check there was no TV etc. They sent a letter a few weeks ago to say they were due to make another visit; so I'm glad that I'll be in this time to "greet" them.
    On the rare occasion that I hear of some "essential" viewing I'll watch it online & they can shove their license charge.
     
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    I prefer a text message to a call, especially if I can't answer the phone. Voicemail is stupid, IMO; a text message is durable, and can convey more information than a voicemail, especially in an environment with a lot of background noise.

    Having a cell phone is, for a me, if not a requirement, then a significant convenience; I'm on two hour recall, so without the cell phone, I'd have to call the duty desk and let them know where I was at all times. No bueno!
     
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    I don't have a telly, either, because (as Stu R says), everything on it is crap here in the UK. I don't think it makes me better or worse than anyone else.
     
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    Oh, I definitely need a mobile phone ("cellphone" is a much better word for it!), just not a smartphone. I did without a mobile for years after they came in, but I'd struggle without it now.
     
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    The middle of last month I went on a company camping trip (team building you know). The resort area we went to had no cell service, it was in the bottom of a canyon in the middle of the desert. It was amusing to watch people literally go into withdrawal. Several of them drove into town, a couple of times a day, so they could check they're messages and emails.

    Its a sickness.

    I still enjoy actually getting away from the annoyances of "being in touch."
     
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    Went to Star Party in the panhandle of OK this last week. No cell service, but the camp did have limited wireless. A really good phone can pick up spotty cell service on the top of the mesas and/or volcanoes that are around there.

    Not having cell service or any type of connection away from camp was not a big deal most of the time. However, I would like to bring my bicycle and ride up there, and I would have no way to contact anyone if something went wrong. Cell service will probably make or break the deal on me ever bringing my bicycle up there.

    Other than that I just tell the wife, I am out of touch other than email for a week. See ya when I get home. By the time I hit Guymon going home there is limited cell service.
     
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    My mom is like this to varying degrees, but not just limited to her phone. She has an obsession with getting the mail (I can remember as a kid being sent out two or three times to check the mailbox even though we knew the mail usually came a little bit later), and her phone addiction started back before cel phones existed.

    Before smart phones and texting were commonplace, she would get so freaky about NEEDING TO ANSWER THAT PHONE NOW that my brother and sister-in-law wouldn't let their kids ride with her in the car. When the phone rang it literally became the top priority in her world, and she would swerve all over the road while digging through her purse to find her phone.
     
  19. PaulStrattele

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    Maybe the gen pop thinks its a burner phone and you're up to no good.:)

    I have to admit, when I see someone thats not my Dad's age with a flip I tend to think that, somewhat jokingly.
     
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    Ostrich spectacles .
    They will need a switch to turn off neural synapses .
     
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