Cell phone users, a question.

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Cell phone users, a question.
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Mon, 03-11-2013 - 2:31pm

We're seriously considering dropping our landline and making the switch to smart phones with a data plan, because we really don't want to pay the increase there will be in our cell phone bill, plus a landline bill.  My question: Do you have only cell phone service and if you do, what are the benefits and drawbacks you've had?  And for those of you with smart phones, are they easy to use?

My dd and her dh have been cell only for years now and really like it, and dd makes using her phone look like a piece of cake, but she's way more techie than I am and I worry I'll have trouble using a smart phone (it would have to be really smart, to make up for my lack of expertise, lol).

It would be nice to avoid all the telemarketers, though. At least for awhile, but I could designate special ring tones for family and friends and any other ring tones I can ignore, or at least screen, so that would be nice (we don't have call ID on our landline).

And it would be nice if I wanted to check Facebook or something while watching tv. I wouldn't have to get up and walk down the hall to do it if my phone were right there.

But it would take some getting used to. I wouldn't have a phone in every room like I do now, unless I brought it with me. And I'd have to be sure it was charged up every day or so, unlike my present cell phone which hardly gets used and only needs charging once every week or two.

So. What are your thoughts? Advice? Reassurance? Warning?


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Mon, 03-11-2013 - 3:03pm

We've also talked about doing that Ann,
Just haven't yet, LOL
Both my sons just have cells & never miss having a land line.
Many of our friends have gone to do that as well
I love my phone that yes while watching TV or whatever I can get on FB, read em & play at CM
IV is too tough to get to yet still from phones (no surprise thought right)
I think you would get use to it fast & then love it ;)




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Mon, 03-11-2013 - 8:23pm

Thanks, Hugs. My dd thinks I'd get used to and love a smart phone, too.  I know there are plenty of other techie things I hesitated about getting, but now that I've got them, I wouldn't want to be without them! (I'm thinking of my DVR).


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Mon, 03-11-2013 - 8:27pm

Excactly on the techie things .. can't be without them now <g>
Especially the DVR.
let us know what kind of smart phone you decide to get.
I have the iphone 5 & absolutely love it :)




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Tue, 03-12-2013 - 1:04am

I have chosen to not get a smart phone or similar because I don't want to pay the higher monthly fee. I have a very simple cell phone as I only use it for texting and calling. I want to keep my landline because of telemarkerter calls that fall through the cracks of the Nat. Do Not Call List. I don't want business calls on my cell phone or to be interrupted more while away from home and I don't want telemarketer annoyance calls on my cell phone either. So, those are my reasons.

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Tue, 03-12-2013 - 11:42am

Those are very good reasons for not having a smart phone, and are the reasons we haven't gone that route yet. I don't even do any texting - just long distance calls and an occasional call from a relative who seems to only have that number, lol. But I'm getting so tired of the incessant telemarketer calls on the landline I could just scream.  We don't have caller ID on our landline, so I can't screen the calls and with a cell phone I could screen and only answer the calls I want to take.  And there are times when camping or traveling that it would be nice to have GPS or access to a map or a phone number, without hauling the laptop with us.

I've done the math and we could afford the increased cost if we dropped our landline.  It's tempting, but we haven't decided anything for sure yet.


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Tue, 03-12-2013 - 11:44am

We're thinking of getting the Galaxy 5 phones. Dd has that one and likes it - and we could ask her for help with problems we have, lol.  I'll let you know what we get, if and when we get them.


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Tue, 03-12-2013 - 12:53pm

Sounds good & yes let us know all the details :)




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Tue, 03-12-2013 - 5:57pm

Hi ann,

my suggestion would be is to wait until you see Colleen the next time and let her walk you thru the cell phone.  You can see first hand and try doing a few of the options yourself firsthand.  Then decide if it's really something you can handle.   

I'm a bad person to ask about cell phones, I make only about 3 calls a week at most. (mainly to call dil so that the landline doesn't ring and wake up Mikie if he's sleeping. THen she buzzes me in the building).    I have never used any of the options on my cell phone, never learned and don't care.  I don't take photos from it, don't even know how to text and don't need to know.  I'm doing just fine .   On the other hand  the kids and my dh have all the fancy phones and get the newest ones the second it comes out on the market etc, I find it silly.  But that's just me.   

 

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Tue, 03-12-2013 - 6:55pm

I'm the same way with my present phone. I hate talking on the phone anyway, so seldom make any calls, have texted maybe once in the years I've had it, and have taken maybe 3 or 4 pix with it.  We'll see Colleen this Sunday. Maybe, if dh hasn't insisted we make the change by then, I'll have her show me her phone - again, lol. I have the feeling, though that it's the kind of thing I'd have to work with and play with on my own to really get the hang of it.


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