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OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Sep 11, 2021 6:41 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by MC [PA]) Sep 11, 2021 6:48 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by J [FL]) Sep 11, 2021 6:56 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Jim in O C [CA]) Sep 11, 2021 7:06 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Sep 11, 2021 7:21 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by dino [CA]) Sep 11, 2021 7:23 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by J [FL]) Sep 11, 2021 7:57 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by J [FL]) Sep 11, 2021 8:03 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Sep 11, 2021 8:34 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by WMH [NC]) Sep 11, 2021 8:40 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Shelby [IA]) Sep 11, 2021 9:08 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by PG [SC]) Sep 11, 2021 9:17 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by RR78 [VA]) Sep 11, 2021 10:16 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by bee [NH]) Sep 11, 2021 10:59 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Vee [OH]) Sep 11, 2021 11:07 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Sep 11, 2021 11:11 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by 6x6 [TN]) Sep 11, 2021 12:29 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by hubba hubba [CA]) Sep 11, 2021 1:41 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Homer [TX]) Sep 11, 2021 1:46 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by hubba hubba [CA]) Sep 11, 2021 1:53 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by T [IN]) Sep 11, 2021 5:31 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Sandy [CO]) Sep 11, 2021 5:43 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Sep 11, 2021 5:54 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by MikeA [TX]) Sep 11, 2021 8:37 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Jim in O C [CA]) Sep 12, 2021 9:12 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Jim in O C [CA]) Sep 12, 2021 9:12 AM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Sep 12, 2021 6:34 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by MAP [NY]) Sep 12, 2021 7:41 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Sep 12, 2021 9:38 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Sep 13, 2021 6:56 PM
       OT: Cell Phones (by don [PA]) Sep 13, 2021 7:38 PM

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OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 6:41 AM
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14 months ago I bought a new cell phone but did not buy the additional inflated replacement insurance fees that would be added to my bill each month. Early this week, my 14 month old phone died on me and since no one repairs cell phones, I had to buy another phone.

Question: how long does a cell phone normally last you before you have to replace it? Does an expensive Apple phone last any longer than an Android? Do you pay for replacement insurance offered by your carrier?

And how much do you pay monthly to keep one cell phone working? --68.63.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 6:48 AM
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I have the protection plan and often want to cancel. I have paid enough to buy several phones. Like any other insurance... --73.230.xxx.xx




OT: Cell Phones (by J [FL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 6:56 AM
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I don't have the answers to your questions but I agree with you that they're not giving anything away with the monthly insurance. However I do have it and and used the insurance it recently when the glass broke on my screen.

How long do they last? They seem to be a lot more stable than PCs, which seem to start having problems at about 5 - 6 years. The only problem I've had with my android was a a battery overheating issue. My guess is 10 years lifespan.

However the problem is this is something that can get stolen, lost, get dropped in water, or just gets beat up over time from being carried around in your pocket. Then there is the question of whether the OS/version is still supported by the carrier after a certain amount of time. --72.188.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 7:06 AM
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I have as I-phone 8 and in good condition. Iím on my third battery and I use a MOPHE battery case that protects my phone. My previous phone was an I-phone 5 within the MOPHE battery case. I am hard on phones.

--99.23.xxx.x




OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 7:21 AM
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I want to know what everyone here pays monthly to keep one cell phone working. Especially if you give this cell number to your tenants. --68.63.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by dino [CA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 7:23 AM
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I have never seen the appeal of an expensive cell phone.

I have always gotten a brand name phone that was cheap enough so that I had no need for the insurance and I could simply replace it whenever necessary and without aggravation. The current Samsung android cost was about $250. Never paid a penny for insurance and will feel completely satisfied when I need to replace it with new one.

Never understood why some pay $1000 for cell phone that receives such heavy use and could be damaged even when careful with it. I don't want to be a prisoner of my cell phone where need for replacement bothers me. That also requires you to have backup of phone book and photos, etc so you can pick up where you left off.

--76.171.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by J [FL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 7:57 AM
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Dino, the last time I was buying a new one they wanted to sell me one for $800...when I balked at that they said "oh you can just put it on a payment plan". I ended up buying a refurbished one for $300.

--72.188.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by J [FL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 8:03 AM
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I pay $54 a month but I have cap of 2G data.

Part of that $54 is for insurance and I believe I pay $2.99/month for a spam call blocker. Or at least I was. --72.188.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 8:34 AM
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"oh you can just put it on a payment plan"

I had a tenant who had an Apple phone and her 3 teenage children all had Apple companion phones. All on a monthly payment plan,...$600.00/month with no pay-off or end date.

--68.63.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 8:40 AM
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My phone is a computer. Does well more than just text and answer the phone. So I pay more for it. --50.82.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by Shelby [IA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 9:08 AM
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We love Apple phones. Our bill is $184 for 2 phones. Hubby has insurance on his but I donít. We have hot spot, unlimited data and all that so he can use his phone internet to watch tv on the road. Heís rougher with phones and goes through them faster- maybe 3 years? I can keep mine for quite awhile. Our 2 oldest daughters have our old Apple phones - WiFi only- a 6s and a 7. The 6s came out 2015. --173.26.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by PG [SC]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 9:17 AM
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I pay $40/month Verizon Prepay M2M Unlimited talk and text - 2GB data. Reception is an issue because I live in the rural area.

But I do most of my business on a Land line and my PC.

Key is - FIT THE CELL PHONE TO THE NEED, Not the latest and greatest - some use their cell for everything I don't.

I have always bought my on phone, no insurance, none of the plan and phone stuff. Currently it is an iphone 5 I have had for the last few years. I take care of my phone - wife has an iphone SE no problems. I never buy the latest phone and Yes I do get the software IOS updates.

I have over 1300 business pics and 16 Audio Recordings of meetings on the phone. I have 64 GB Storage that works well for me. I think the iphone is more user friendly than than the Andriods.

And that is my 2 cents.

--72.173.xx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 10:16 AM
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I get close to 10 years out of apple iPhone.

Roy, you can look on ebay. Usually find a good deal on one that is only couple years old. Or even new old models.

So many buy new phones just because there is a new model.

The old models already do twice as much as I need them to do.

I usually stay away from Apple brand tech. Dependable and maybe a little easier to use. But still over priced even considering that.

But I do use their cell phones. And do like the wireless charging stand. So can just sit it down on the stand and not mess with plugging in cables.

--73.40.xx.xx




OT: Cell Phones (by bee [NH]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 10:59 AM
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I have Xfinity mobile from Comcast using whatever phones were on special offer. You have to have Xfinity comcast internet to sign up for it.

Currently have 3 iphone SE 2020 and 2 android phones that were free when I ported in the old phone numbers. You have to stick with it for 2 years or they charge you for the phone(s)

No insurance, no bells, no whistles.

Rural service can be sucky but no worse than the service Verizon gives for a couple of hundred a month.

Unlimited text and voice with 10GB data shared between the 5 phones is $60 a month plus taxes. After taxes that's about $13 per phone!

The plan price is the same for 1 phone or many phones, that's why I just dragged all the phones onto the same plan.

If any of the phones get broken or lost I still have a collection of old android and flip phones that I can slip the SIM card into until I can track down a cheap replacement. 8-10 year old phones still work, but battery life is terrible. --98.229.xxx.xx




OT: Cell Phones (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 11:07 AM
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I am the off-beat person here, I have an apple 6 that I barely understand so I keep it on a limited phone plan (15 bux unlimited talk/text with 3G data). You may all be laughing but my other is a android which replaced another android that had a filled contact list and weak battery (6 years old and got wet a couple times boating and snowmobiling), so I needed one with 1000 contact list - got it used for 75bux, moved my number into the new 2 me phone and continue to pay 27bux a month for unlimited everything 4G, it is large enough I can see how the belt goes onto a washing machine, repair the high pressure pump on wakeshaw diesel farm tractor and it stuns me how much people say these phones are costing. They are cheaper with senior mobile plans, I will be looking at for 2022. --76.188.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 11:11 AM
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Having a contractors type of case will protect cell phone if dropped. If a cell phone is dropped a few times cell phone will be ruined. Cell phone no longer have user batteries that can be replaced where in a few years battery will eventually wear out. Not leaving a cell phone in hot car will prevent damage to battery. I prefer to buy cell phone out right not through the cell phone company as if not pleased with company can easily change. So far as plans everything costs a lot more here then in the Us where cell phone companies charge higher rates here then other countries. Had Samsung and LG cell phones where Samsung is very common. Most building supply stores have contractors type of cases for cell phones. --99.236.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 12:29 PM
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I buy NOS ( New Old Stock ) from my pre-paid plan provider ( Total Wireless ). My new one is I phone SE 2020 ( Basically a mini I phone 11, I think ). Before that I bought a NOS I phone 5S that I used for years. I am personally not an I phone fan though because, as Vee, It does more then I need or use. I phones have to be charged more then Androids.

Unlimited talk, text and data at $30/M per line + tax and 911 fee. It uses Verizon towers.

I buy a screen protector ( but not this time as the screen in this phone is more "bullet proof"), however, I have never broken a screen and I take care of my phone. I also buy a protective case to wrap the phone in. Nothing too fancy or expensive or bulky. I carry my phone in tactical gear such as a Condor Phone Pouch. My phones last for years.

I do not bother wasting money on insurance or contract plans. Contract plans tell you that they offer you a free phone but if you do the math then you will discover that you pay for the phone about 3X.MPO is that pre-paid is the only way to go. --73.120.xx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by hubba hubba [CA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 1:41 PM
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Apple phones are supported much longer than Android phones.

You can by used Iphones everywhere. I bought a used 6S for $150.00 a few years ago. Still supported.

If you prepay, Mint Mobile $15.00/month. Unlimited talk and text. 4GB data/ month. 5G if available. --157.131.xxx.xx




OT: Cell Phones (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 1:46 PM
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I am on my 3 rd IPhone. You will find they become outdated and canít support modern programs before they fail. My current 8 I purchased the first of the year off Amazon, refurbished for $200. I donít want to spend a grand on a phone, that I can drop in a bucket of paint or lose in an attic. Get a gorilla case to protect it, makes it heavier but as a DIYer, it offers a lot of protection. For 3 lines unlimited calls, text and data, itís just over $200 a month. --66.169.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by hubba hubba [CA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 1:53 PM
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Homer, I suggest you look at your data consumption per month. My guess is that it is less than 4GB. If so there is some serious savings to be had.

That is if you don't have a young person with a serious smart phone habit..... --157.131.xxx.xx




OT: Cell Phones (by T [IN]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 5:31 PM
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Current I'm using a "free" phone. Another words; my wife got a high end Samsung and i got a lower Samsung for "free " from Verizon. Prior to that, I was with AT&T. I would buy a 250-300 phone off Amazon (500+ & AT&T); break it around month 6 or 7. Repeat. Insurance plans wouldn't insure me any longer. Crack screen, screen would no longer recognize your finger, etc

My personal favorite to this date is blackberry priev. Slide the screen up, QWERY keyboard with buttons Long battery life. Good camera. --76.77.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by Sandy [CO]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 5:43 PM
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iPhones are wonderful. I upgraded last year to used iPhone 11pro for the better camera, more memory and the water proof features. Prior I had a 6S that was getting slow. I pay around $85/mo for unlimited everything through Verizon.

I just checked into selling mine to upgrade to the 13 when it comes out but mine only sells for around $500. A good buy in my opinion. My used 1 year old phone cost around $850-$900. --75.70.xx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 5:54 PM
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I still my old AT&T landline which NEVER fails. When modern technology fails, I have a reliable back-up. --68.63.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 8:37 PM
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I've only used Iphones, well other than the first flip phone that was a motorola. That was a beast of a phone, I once dropped it from the 3r story roof and it wasn't even dented. I went from it to a 6 and then to an 11 which was about 8 year between each. I've always used an otterbox case which provide both water protection and screen protection. It's cheaper than insurance and the biggest reasons phones fail are water dunks, broken screens, and excessive heat from being left in a hot car. That's other than the planned obsolescence the phone companies use to get you to replace about every 7-10 years. --209.16.xx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 9:12 AM
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Roy, I have Verizon with great coverage and pay $88 for 2 phones. I stay out of the Verizon store and only buy items from them over the phone. Too many stores lie and up sell their items.

--99.23.xxx.x




OT: Cell Phones (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 9:12 AM
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Roy, I have Verizon with great coverage and pay $88 for 2 phones. I stay out of the Verizon store and only buy items from them over the phone. Too many stores lie and up sell their items.

--99.23.xxx.x




OT: Cell Phones (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 6:34 PM
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Jim,

I have been with Verizon since 1997. My favorite phone is a Verizon/Kyocera flip phone that cost $250.00 and my monthly service bill is $33.00 every single month.

With flip phones, I can flip it up and say "Beam me up Scotty". Can't do that with I-Phone. --68.63.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by MAP [NY]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 7:41 PM
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Our carrier is Verizon. I have had samsung notes now for about six years. Currently samsung note 20. I like the stylus. Hubs (contractor) has a kyocera shatterproof rugged smart phone. I use mine constantly at my regular 8-5 and when I go on call. I have an extra line and burner phone for the rental line. Lasts about 3 years before an upgrade.

Pretty much unlimited data as hubs streams radio programs/pod casts when at work. --72.231.xxx.xx




OT: Cell Phones (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 9:38 PM
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My insurance on my phone is my protective case.

I buy a very expensive otter box and I had an IPhone 6 get run over by a small dump truck. The case was destroyed and the phone nearly dead, but it was alive enough to transfer the data over.

So I am not afraid that the phone will break on me if a dump truck can run over something and it survives --24.101.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2021 6:56 PM
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My wife discovered Gabb Wireless for the kids. $100 phone, & $25/ mo unlimited talk/text. Locked down for kids so no browsing Internet. --108.69.xxx.xxx




OT: Cell Phones (by don [PA]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2021 7:38 PM
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Cricket flip. $25/month. $30 if I wnted to send and receive pics, but the memory is so limited that it can't receive anything more than a line drawing and the camera sucks. Bought the actual phone at Walgreens, even cheaper than Cricket cost. --70.90.xx.xxx



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