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MATTHEW0498
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7/15/13 9:42 A

I was never in to the smart phones but caved and got an iPhone 4s a year and a half ago and I love it. Our carrier has moderate plans which cover all phones on the plan, instead of paying for data per phone.



TIG123GER
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7/15/13 9:04 A

I technically have a smart phone but I've made it dumb because I don't subscribe to a data plan and have texting blocked so it's still just a phone. Verizon forced us to get new phones when we renewed our contract but I refuse to give my phone all the power so it can only call no matter what it wants to do!



MKMMARTY
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7/15/13 2:09 A

Neither - I only have a land line- plug into the wall



FITGLAMGIRL
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7/15/13 1:46 A

I have a smartphone and don't pay outrageous prices. It costs me $40 a month for unlimited text, unlimited data, and 1200 talk min. I use Virgin Mobile and no contract and paid $99 for my HTC EVO.

I use it for talk, text, GPS, internet, phone, social media, Netflix, etc.



JANIEWWJD
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7/14/13 10:37 P

I like both.



ETHELMERZ
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7/14/13 9:45 P

We have moved, and during packing, found our old Nokia, nice size, and it worked better than the 5 yr old Samsung we have had, I don't text, just use it for emergency or on a big trip to let people know where we are. I'm not a doctor or something important, so don't have anything worth saying every 6 min. to somebody.



BLUENOSE63
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7/14/13 2:57 P

My cell phone is 10 years old and is a Samsung Flip Phone! All it does is call people and record messages....it is so old I just tell people I don't have a cell phone....I only have it for when I am somewhere and my DH and DS are at home.



FAITHP44
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7/14/13 12:27 P

My phone costs me 7.50 a month from Tesco. I get 250 minutes, 5,000 texts and, theoretically, can also get Internet. However, the Internet is so slow and inefficient it's not worth having but, like others, I don't need to be connected all the time. I've got a fantastic deal on a phone that works, takes photos, could act as an MP3 player if I bothered to load it up - and no-one would ever want to bother to steal it! I'm more than happy with that.



MOM2ACAT
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7/14/13 11:23 A

All I use my cell phone for is phone calls, I don't even do texting. I don't need to be connected to the internet 24/7. My desktop computer meets all my needs for anything I have to do online.



ZZYYGGY3
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7/14/13 11:18 A

I have a track phone just for emergencies. I also have a nook. I use that mostly for games though



PATTIJOHNSON
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7/14/13 10:09 A

I love the new Smart phones. We usually update our phones as our plan allows, every 2 or 3 years. It always takes me awhile to get used to a new phone, but once I am, I always wonder how I lived without some of the new features.

When I got my present phone, I was so frustrated with it -- I began referring to it as a "Smart phone for a stupid person!"



MYAKAYAH
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7/14/13 9:57 A

I have an old Samsung Solstice circa 2008/9 I believe it is lol. I don't need internet or a smart phone really. I have a laptop, book reader & music player its enough. My parents have Smart Phones (Samsung Galaxy & iPhone 4) but I don't want to bother with them yet. As long as I can make calls, text, have pictures to show my hair dresser and see my calendar, world clock, stopwatch, tip calculator, and the like I'm all good for now.



PEACEFULONE
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7/14/13 9:29 A

I haven't upgraded from my 2006 Nokia yet. After reading these posts I may wait a while longer. I pay only for minutes used at 10 cents a minute and no monthly fee. Since I only use it when traveling the cost is very reasonable, less than $100 a year. One of my sons has a fabulous smart phone that takes incredible pictures. He uses it to save money when traveling by finding great hotel and restaurant deals on line.



TRYINGHARD54
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7/14/13 8:12 A

I went from a flip phone to a iphone5. I think id rather have my flip phone.



SUZIEQUE77
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7/14/13 7:37 A

I am a generally considered a techy-geeky type, and I have a Ph.D. in a technology-related field. However, I have a "dumb" phone. I did have a Droid in the past but have decided that I do not need to pay for an additional data/internet plan. I do like this convenience at times, but I work from home, and even when I'm not at home, I often have access to wireless Internet. I still have my Droid phone, but it is not activated as a phone. I can use all the applications if I am withing a wireless internet range.

I would rather not pay all that extra money every month for something (the data plan) that I don't need very often when I'm out and about. I also have an iPad and an Android tablet so when I do have wireless Internet access, I have all the same advantages to internet apps that anyone with a smart phone has. My husband has the same phone I do. It is a Samsung we got for $20 each, refurbished. They have a slide out keyboard and work great as a phone or for texting. They have a camera but it is not a good camera. I use my other gadgets or an actual camera if I want decent pictures!



SUMMERSHORTS
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7/14/13 7:25 A

My mobile phone (also a Nokia) is so old it doesn't even have a camera - and it seems to me that these days that almost puts it into the antique class! I also buy prepaid credit and spend very little; the last time I bought credit was about 4 months ago when there was a deal on, buy 20 euros of credit and receive 10 euros free. But I have used public call boxes (up until I was about 25 years old, I am 56 this year) where you had to ring up an exchange and ask an operator for the number you wanted. I have to confess that I am not really even sure what a smart phone is!



KKKAREN
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7/14/13 4:33 A

I like my old flip phone just fine!



EOWYN2424
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7/14/13 1:58 A

As for me, I'd rather stick to my handy dandy Nokia instead of spend oodles of money on a one of those new smartphones. Because in Malaysia, if you buy a smartphone, they practically force you to take a data plan, with mostly 4G Internet these days!

My phone is kinda in between, it has a touch screen but it's not a smartphone. No Wifi or full internet capacity. I'd rather stick to my current phone because I only spend RM30 per month on prepaid credit. If I switch to a smartphone I'd be spending probably between RM50-RM80 onwards per month, depending on usage.

So though my phone may have it's little problems (I dropped it a few times!); I'd rather stick to it because I don't believe in spending so much per month when I already have a PC and a tab. My tab doesn't even have a sim card! I don't believe you need to be so connected every minute of the day.



 
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