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Posted on 03/06/2014 1:41:12 PM PST by US Navy Vet
It it time to upgrade my Cell Phone(Verizon). I want to Upgrade to a Smartphone. What ones are good and what ones do I need to stay away from?
Be aware that if you have Data Caps...a smart phone can eat it.
S4, LG2, or the note 3
I’m getting a new one also. Since you will be on a 2 year contract I suggest you get a model that has just been introduced. Otherwise after 2 years you will have a 3 year old phone. Samsung just introduced their S5. HTC will be introducing their new model in a few weeks. I’m waiting on the HTC announcement before I choose. HTC One and the new one are really nice to handle.
I am posting from a Samsung Galaxy S4. It is great for my needs. Very satisfied with it.
I am in an area which had no cell phone service but Verizon is building a tower within a few hundred yards of my house.
Do they ever carry other brands on the same tower or do I have to go with Verizon? I can’t afford much and don’t use a phone much. Would I be better off buying a phone and adding minutes assuming Verizon allows that?
My brother loves his Samsung Galaxy 3 (AT&T), much better than the iphone he was using. My dumb phone died so I made the switch, Galaxy 4 being the current offering (also AT&T). My experience with smart phones is now 10 days old. So far most of the caveats I’ve encountered are not the individual phone per se, but the smartphone in general. Example, the extreme intrusiveness of many of the apps available.
It does have pretty good voice recognition capabilities. My nephew is a super tech support geek and also has the Galaxy 3, he speaks well of the android operating system.
As everyone else will say, learn early on how to manage data use when not on wifi.
Going from a dumb phone, this thing is basically like getting a new computer and having to learn the ropes. Takes time.
As I understand it, most of the big carriers have some form of sharing. But at the same time, around here AT&T has by far the best coverage, T Mobile rather poor. So who knows?
Are you planning on staying with Verizon or are you open to another carrier?
Also, are you talking about 1 line of service or more?
Also, if you wear jeans a large phone will be a pain to keep in your pocket. I wear dress slacks at work and mine slides in an out easily. I'm in Florida so when I'm not at work I wear cargo shorts and the big cargo pockets are perfect.
Best smart phones (imho) Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, or S5.
Personally I was disappointed with my experience on an iphone. Those who love iphones swear by them, but I prefer Android; and Samsung makes the best ones, to me.
Hey Navy Vet and all,
If you drive along the border of Canada with data roaming you may get picked up by a Canadien carrier and they have a habit of screwing ya.
I try not to drive to closely by the Mexican border but I have an idea they will get ya there too.
I had the hardest time figuring out who was building the tower. I walked over and asked them who was the tower for and they said they didn’t know. I have no idea why they didn’t want to tell.
I called the Tax Assessors office and all they knew was the name of the corp. which owns the land and it was an obviously made up name just calling itself highway this and highway that LLC.
I finally found the lady who sold them the land and she told me it was Verizon.
They cleared the land and poured a huge amount of concrete then let it set for over a week. They are now back at the site but the only thing they have done today is move one of the tower segments closer to the base.
I guess they are ready to start erecting it soon.
If you don’t intend to use your cell phone much, Walmart carries the Tracphone. You buy it and then pay for a $30 a month card that covers limited use and texting, or $45 for unlimited. I got this for my teenager and told him he was on his own for paying for the $45. It worked great. But this wasn’t a smart phone.
I got a smartphone (an iPhone) last year, given to me by my then boss. I am in love. It has completely changed the quality of my life.
In answer to your question, the major carriers share big towers. However, nationally Verizon has the best coverage. ATT is widely hated for poor coverage and quality. I do business with Verizon and have never had a single billing problem for my home phone, Internet, cell, or business billing at the office I was running until recently. Others hate them but I don’t know why. They’ve been great and their (Indian) customer service for Internet is fantastic.
I have yet to use more than 1 gig of my 2 gigs allowed. Never come close. Of course, I save my bigger downloads for home, when I am on my wifi.
I love my Moto X Droid. The ONLY phone made in the USA, you can go to Motorola’s website and pick out your color choices. You can also have it stamped with your name or your phone’s name. (I call mine Xena). It is so thin and lite it makes the apples look and feel like bricks. Also Moto Droids are the only droids that update their operating system, so if you buy a phone with the ice cream OS and KitKat comes out, just wait and your phone will download the new OS. With Motorola Assist, your phone knows when you are sleeping, driving, in a meeting, and will act according to your preferences. Has Ok Google Now voice activation, too. Just say, Ok Google Now, and what you want, (text Joe, navigate to Starbucks, how many ounces in a liter, etc.) It is also super easy to use. Very user friendly.
Look into what’s available and what features you want. For me, I don’t like phones much bigger than 4.3” screen. 5” is just too big and I’m unable to easily reach the entire screen with with one hand. Major limiting factor.
I definitely want a removable battery.
MicroSD expansion slot.
Other than that, I don’t mind. Software’s not an issue, as I rooted my phone and installed a custom ROM. (Gets rid of a LOT of the provider spy stuff/adware, also generally improves speed and battery life.) If you want to do that, be sure to check http://forum.xda-developers.com/ to make sure there’s ROMs out there for the phone you’re looking at.
Coming from a flipphone, you likely aren’t worried about graphics/processor/camera at all, and any recent phone is plenty of power for most stuff you’ll want to do with it. So you’re main worry is how the phone feels, what’s comfortable to you. Do you want a big case, or, I just use a soft silicone cover (also prevents pocket/dashboard slipping)? Go to the store and see how the different phones feel in your hand. You don’t go buy a pistol off the shelf, you rent it/borrow one and take it to the range first.
For my part, I would recommend you stay away from the Samsung Galaxy. One way to demonstrate why is t5ol simply post this asit woluld reade if I didn’t go back and correct everu other word.
I eagerly await the day when I can throw this piece of crap against a wall and stomp on the pieces.
Get a Blackberry or a smartphone that will allow you to encrypt your phone.
Fun to watch. They used helicopter on the one near here. Got any little guys to stand by the windows they would love it ;-)
We’re an I phone family on ATT and love it !
I bet my cell phone is older than yours. HA
Also, isn’t your wife a nurse? My RN daughter gets us a 23% discount on Verizon (Methodist Women’s).
It has been interesting so far. 8 or 9 days ago they began pouring concrete and the trucks were coming and going from 3 different directions. I suppose they poured the base plus at least 3 locations for pylons or whatever they are called.
The next day after they poured so much cement, they were still at it tho there were only a couple of trucks at a time. The tower sections which were delivered before they even began have a diameter of around 6 feet more or less except they are triangular.
If they use helicopters I will take a lot of photos.
The second word of the product you mentioned is ... "phone" ... which is short for ... "telephone" ... which is a device you use to say, "Honey, I'll be home in a half ... need anything?" ...
and that's all it does.
Now, if you want a computer that you can't use unless you're absolutely still, using cokebottle glasses to see, trying to type with stubby fingers, I ask ...
Are you TRYING to go blind?
Drink Aqua Velva ... at least you get shitty drunk and stupid before lights out.
I honestly don't get the rage of all these hand held devices.
Very cool technology, but I think if I see one more fingernail trimmed to look like the end of a toothpick .....
Change land line to AT&T satalitte. Tech said their cell, land will soon have TV and WIFI available. Already use I phone as a hit spot for computer. 3-4G
Love my S4. It’s also my wireless access point for my lappy when I’m in the field. An iPhone5 is a very nice piece of technology as well and I don’t hesitate to recommend it even to Apple-haters. Both are a little larger than people who are transitioning from a non-smart phone are accustomed to but the increased screen size is a real comfort to these old eyes.
I think you would be amazed at how handy they are.
I’m thinking of upgrading as well. My next cell phone will have one of those GPS buttons, and plenty of memory for video. Video will save you money (like in a car accident) or even your life. It’s too easy to run out of memory.
Around 6 months ago, I changed my internet from dial-up (which was the only thing available until recently) to Hughes satellite. In order to get free installation, I had to sign a two year contract.
I am happy with their service but will be glad when the two years are over so I will have a lot more options.
If I get a cell phone, I will simply cancel my land line as I make no more than 3 or 4 calls a month. Most of my communications is via e-mail.
We tried BlueHorizon but their satalitte was so low and we were so down in the hollow it wouldn’t work. Bought a booster for cell phone at radio shack. Wilson makes one but mines an off brand.
Can always text and search the net. Usually get 3-4 bars on cell
+1 on whut you said.
The S5’s are now out? Great. Buy an S4. They are at least a hundred bucks cheaper and there is not that big a difference in what an S5 has and the S4 doesn’t.
Me, my wife and daughter all have S3’s. We got them last year when the S4’s were out. Me and the missus paid $50.00; the daughter’s was FREE.
Why pay $200 - $250 (or more) for the latest model when one year old technology is free or maybe $50.00?
T-Mobile...no contracts. The phones will be expensive but over two years...you will pay less.
With one small device I carry with me a camera, video camera, all my e-mails, GPS, sound recorder, note pad, flashlight and phone. Texting is an awesome way to communicate too. They have apps available to do a whole bunch of other things also. Maps, I always have a map with me. I used to think all these were unnecessary too but after having one for a while I won’t go back.
I bet it has a clock too.
You might want to keep you eye on this:
LOL, I’ll have to check.
I’ll think about it ... my Garmin GPS IS a little bulky
I’m not going to tell you it is superior to your Garmin. It probably doesn’t work as well but it is handy to have with you all the time.
I also have taken a lot of pictures...mostly of my fingers and feet!
That sounds very attractive. Did you have to buy a phone separately?
I am thinking of doing the same thing, so this thread has been very valuable. I’m paying attention to the warning about smartphones eating up data allowance, as I have Verizon wireless and a limit of 5 Gs. They don’t have an unlimited plan, but you can increase you limit. I mostly want to change over because everyone assumes I have a smartphone and that creates problems, like when meeting places are changed at the last minute by e-mail.
Yes, I bought the phone. You can go on line and check them all out. I think it’s designed to confuse you! LOL!
just moved to t mobile supposedly no caps on data. other companies throttle towards end of billing.
not a customer long enough to recommend yet.
just tossed mine. yuck
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