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 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

It is interesting that at one time cell phones were so exciting and everyone was so interested in it. It seems to me at least that the technology is now so commonplace and so ubiquitous as to be really boring. I guess that is progress. But when I see my neighbor that cannot remove her phone from her face to get her mail out of the box I feel like something is wrong.

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 8:35 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Wow everyone thanks, so much great advice not sure where to begin.

My provider is Verizon. In response to what a few people mentioned, do they offer a pay-as-you-go option/plan?

Also, with Verizon (or any provider?) is it basically two options -- 1) pay more for the phone up front and less monthly over time with more freedom in paying, or 2) pay less for the phone up front and pay more in a locked-in contract over time? Is that basically what it comes down to? In other words, if you do not want to sign a lengthy time contract, do they offer other payment options in as far as how much you pay, etc.? I'll most likely be sticking with Verizon.

I'm basically pretty confused about how to approach the buying the phone and selecting (or avoiding) a lengthy time contract...this seems like such a huge decision and I want to make the right one for me.

(I do appreciate the advice about other types of phones, but I will be getting an iPhone, just fyi!)


I mentioned your query to my son who just purchased the iPhone 5S 64gb and loves it. He reiterated the need for a strong case as the iPhone has a history of cracked screens. He also recommended the cell phone insurance you can get through your carrier. Verizon actually has a very good plan they can offer you. The iPhone is a very popular target of thieves. Just ask your Verizon rep about deals on their Protection Plan. Again, good luck and enjoy your purchase.

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 9:35 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

It is interesting that at one time cell phones were so exciting and everyone was so interested in it. It seems to me at least that the technology is now so commonplace and so ubiquitous as to be really boring. I guess that is progress. But when I see my neighbor that cannot remove her phone from her face to get her mail out of the box I feel like something is wrong.

Almost everyone where I work walks around looking at their left hand, which generally contains an iPhone. They're tied into their workplace emails & meetings... as they walk into you. smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2013 - 1:18 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


But DeputyRiley said he was definitely set on getting one and had no interest in alternatives so not sure why people feel it is constructive to rain on that parade.


I mentioned the alternatives because it doesn't hurt to check it out? He made it clear it's his first smartphone and if you're going for an iphone that's still a big investment. Any decent smartphone still is nowadays, so would you not at least check out the competition? If he had already made up his mind, he wouldn't have started this thread and ask for advice. Or do you happen to work for apple? wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2013 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

It is interesting that at one time cell phones were so exciting and everyone was so interested in it. It seems to me at least that the technology is now so commonplace and so ubiquitous as to be really boring. I guess that is progress. But when I see my neighbor that cannot remove her phone from her face to get her mail out of the box I feel like something is wrong.

Almost everyone where I work walks around looking at their left hand, which generally contains an iPhone. They're tied into their workplace emails & meetings... as they walk into you. smile


We still issue the Blackberry for company use. It has proven more reliable for company-wide use, is less expensive and more user friendly.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2013 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


We still issue the Blackberry for company use. It has proven more reliable for company-wide use, is less expensive and more user friendly.


We use corporate BlackBerrys as well. The only real issue I have with them is that the screen is too small to read attachments with any kind of fluency. I bought a PlayBook about a year ago and have them bridged so that I can open attachments on the bigger screen. It works a treat. Sorry, off topic but might help someone.

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2013 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)


We still issue the Blackberry for company use. It has proven more reliable for company-wide use, is less expensive and more user friendly.


We use corporate BlackBerrys as well. The only real issue I have with them is that the screen is too small to read attachments with any kind of fluency. I bought a PlayBook about a year ago and have them bridged so that I can open attachments on the bigger screen. It works a treat. Sorry, off topic but might help someone.


I agree with you on the small screen. Many employees comment on this but also mention that they love the qwerty keyboard. The PlayBook is an awesome idea. I will suggest this others.

This is not off-topic - it is very helpful Tall Guy. Thanks.

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2013 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Having a tablet around for when you are at home or in the office is always very helpful. Now that I just got a bluetooth keyboard to use with my tablet it is as close as it will ever get to replacing my PC.

 
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