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Old 08-05-2013, 01:25 PM
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Default Is a Smart Phone worth it?

Looking at upgrading into the real world of phone technology.

Right now, I've got a TracPhone which costs me probably around $40 bucks a month in minutes. I can text and call. Fancy, I know.

Josh and I are looking at plans and phones and they are expensive. EXPENSIVE (compared to what we have now, lol).

So, worth it? What phones are good, bad? I like the waterproof Galaxy one. I don't have a bad record with ruining phones, but I've been known to put it in the water a few times.

I'd like to have apps and cool fitness trackers and such. FB would be nice too. We are currently through AT&T for Josh's phone. They have decent service around here.. Are there other services known for being better/cheaper/better service?

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Old 08-05-2013, 01:31 PM
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I believe T-Mobile is $50 off-contract for unlimited everything. (Everything as in texts, minutes, and data.) That means you have to buy the phone outright, though. No discounts and cheap phones for entering into a contract. I have Verizon and the service is great, but the price is not. AT&T and Verizon also don't have unlimited data.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:38 PM
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YES. Yes, a smart phone is TOTALLY worth it. I've had one for 2 years now, and I would probably die without it. It's my entire brain and my computer and my alarm clock AND my phone all in one. Seriously, I don't know what I'd do without the calendar which AUTOMATICALLY syncs with my Google calendar (I have android).

My phone is through Korger's iwireless ( and it costs me $10/month OR $25/3 months. I get free minutes for buying gas, groceries, and gift cards (including phones cards!). I only buy phone cards to keep my phone active and for 3G data (and even then I don't use much data, I use mostly wifi). The phone itself was $'s an LG sometihngorother, but it's a slider so I have have my keyboard and still have a nice big touch screen. I love it to bits and would never want to live another day without it The service itself goes through Sprint towers, so it gets good nationwide coverage/reception.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:38 PM
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RESIST! I still live in the world of texting and calling. It's mostly okay. The price is definitely right!
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SpringerLover View Post
RESIST! I still live in the world of texting and calling. It's mostly okay. The price is definitely right!
Actually, my phone plan is the same price it was pre-smartphone.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:47 PM
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For me, a smart phone is totally worth it. I don't know what I'd do without my phone! I love having GPS constantly available, and there are so many helpful apps that I use on a daily basis.

I have an iPhone 5 (I had the 3Gs for over 2 years before upgrading) and I couldn't be happier with it.

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Old 08-05-2013, 01:54 PM
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Not worth it for me. I went in around my birthday to check into it because I kind of wanted one. Turns out there's really nothing I "need" on a Smart Phone enough to make my phone bill more than double what it currently is.

That said there are people who honestly can't live without it, like salespeople who have to be connected 24/7, reachable by e-mail even if they're on the road out and about visiting clients. I am thankfully not one of those people.

Also be aware that once you upgrade you will suddenly think your life depends on all the bells and whistles of a Smart Phone, and downgrading will appear completely impossible. =P

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Old 08-05-2013, 02:01 PM
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No!!!!! Avoid avoid avoid.

Unless you have will power.....

I love and loathe my phone in equal measures.

It will steal your soul.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:02 PM
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Honestly? It depends.

All 5 of us in this house have smart phones. 2 with iPhones, 3 with Androids. Myself and my brother are really the only one that use smartphones for their capabilities (and we both have Android). My dad, by far, does not need a smart phone... he calls and texts. That's it. Heck, he had the company disable data on it, so he can't accidentally hit something and ring up charges.

It is worth it for me? Absolutely, but I also run a rescue and it's a huge deal to be able to get my emails wherever I am, as I'm not home often. (Or, I'm home more often now that I don't have a dog, but that's still not very often...) If I didn't have the rescue, I can't say I would have a smartphone (well, except that it's practically impossible to find a non-smartphone around here).

That said, I also use a small company and get unlimited global text/picture message/local calling/data for like $30 a month.. which is less than I paid for my previous non-smartphone.

I can't say I'd get a smartphone just to have apps and facebook. It's just... not worth the extra price many people have to pay.

ETA: I also don't have my own computer at the moment, so not having a smartphone would just mean I had to buy a computer...
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:10 PM
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I'm sitting in my car at work on lunch break browsing Chaz. That alone makes it worth it for me lol. What else would I do with an hour!

The apps are handy, I get lost a lot and sometimes my real gps is wrong or it dies, so it's nice having one on my phone.

Its one of those things that I could live without, but now that I have one it'd be really hard to go back.

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