They’re* going to have to come up with a smartphone that costs me twenty bucks, and has a prepaid plan that will get me 400 minutes of airtime per month for thirty dollars. That’s what my away-from-my-landline requirements are.
They’re certainly not required for making and receiving phone calls, which is what i need my cellphone to do.
I’m no luddite. I’m a big fan of new technology, and i think some of the latest smartphones are pretty cool. But there are still plenty of people who get by perfectly well without needing to browse the internet or watch YouTube on their phone.
Well if you drop your landline you could use that cost for a new cell. How much does that cost? I don’t know what area you are from but where I live I can get a phone with unlimited talk text and web [data] for $45 a month flat fee. Landlines are just a waste of money now a days.
Odds are the next time you need to buy a phone after the life cycle of the one you have has run out their may not be much dumb phones around anymore. Just because you have a smartphone does not mean you have to browse the internet with it or watch YouTube.
Which is understandable but you have to realize once your phone dies you probably won’t have a choice. Find me a car without power steering, AC, airbags, or ABS, it will be hard, all of those things used to be luxuries now they are standard although cars have a lot longer life than a cell phone.
How much does that landline cost? Are you sure you could not scrap that? Because without texting you are SOL. I am assuming your providers 411 offer is either useless or costs to much.
Hell on my smartphone I don’t even use minutes, I got the lowest minutes possible, all calls are over my data connection using VOIP and all these features were free to set up, free long distance, over seas calling, 1 number rings a number of phones depending on who’s calling. Hell as long as I have cell phone coverage my phone doubles are a wireless AP if I need it to
When you say you don’t use texting does it mean you WONT use it or do not want to pay for it? Who is your wireless provider? In your case you can probably get away with pay per text since you will only be using it for 411 and probably not to often. I say scrap the landline and use the extra money to pay for the text, unless you HAVE to have it for some reason or another and are not just keeping it around “because”. I keep asking this because in my area at least no landline phone is ever cheaper than a cell, ever
-Sent from my Smartphone*
First, if you’re thinking of an iPhone, Droid, Pre, or Windows Mobile thing, those are all a class above smartphone. (We used to call them PDA phones, but I think that term is dying fast.)
Second, the other posters are right. When I last worked in the industry (around 2007), the common wisdom was that by early his decade, dumb phones and feature phones would be gone, and only smartphones and PDA phones would be left.
In fact, even in 2007, I remember going to the Sprint Store to get the dumbest phone I could as a backup for when my Treo 650 PDA phone was acting up. What I got, for negative money (cost $20, had a $30 rebate), was already pushing the edge between feature phones and smartphones. It had a full QVGA screen (plus a second 2-line screen when flipped closed), a WAP/iMode browser, a limited selection of 3rd-party apps, a cable to sync contacts with a computer, MMS, etc.
And that was 3-1/2 years ago. Nowadays, there are full-on smartphones for under $30, and things that push the boundaries of a PDA for $50. You’re probably never getting a dumb phone again.
I have a Droid2, you can buy a tethering feature but you do not need to subscribe to it to tether your phone they only want you to think that. Just like how I can use my GPS without having to buy Verizons VZ Navigator. As for the VOIP its a couple step process which I can send you the links to if you are really interested, it basically involves a computer with a SIP client and VOIP client, a Google Voice number as well.
As for my personal plan I will have to look it up and break it down to see what it costs for my actual phone by itself, i have 4 others on the same bill so I think I get a slight discount I will have to take off gimmie a sec to get back to you.
Those of you saying you have to get a smart phone are very mistaken. My mom just bought a prepaid phone, and you’d better bet it wasn’t a smart phone. When you are selling the entire phone, instead of subsidizing it with a plan, you find out how expensive smart phones really are.