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  • #1605943

    👑RebYidd23
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    Regular cell phones make calls better. Even if you want a pocket computer, you still might want a cell phone in your other pocket.

    #1605971

    Joseph
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    +1

    #1606007

    CTLAWYER
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    They are not all smart phones.

    Mrs. CTL and our younger grandchildren use plain old fashioned flip phones from Jitterbug…the same type our late mothers used. No Internet access. Big buttons easy to see, large displays and loud sound for easy hearing.

    I only got a smartphone due to business requirements. I held off as long as possible because the courts in CT did not allow you to bring a phone with a camera into the buildings. They have since relaxed the rule as no current cell phones without cameras are marketed in the USA.

    #1606008

    Takes2-2tango
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    Would you complain if the car you just purchased came without air conditioning?
    Just remember cats didnt always have a/c,heat, or radio or windows.
    Technology​ keeps on growing and theres nothing anyone can do about it.

    #1606028

    👑RebYidd23
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    Cats are pretty much the same now as ever.

    #1606106

    Shopping613 🌠
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    Cars aren’t addictive.

    #1606176

    CTLAWYER
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    @takes2-2tango

    Your post was approved the same time as mine.
    There is a choice, non-smart phones are still marketed in the USA.
    In addition to Jitterbug, Consumers Cellular has a basic flip phone and you can get a plan with no internet access.
    The Jitterbug is a better phone, Mrs. CTL tried both

    #1606204

    akuperma
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    The market prefers smartphones, and in a capitalist system what the consumers want usually determines what is produced, unlike some places (e.g. North Korea) where the government decides what you want, and you aren’t allowed to complain. One can still find an old fashioned “dumb” phone. One can also purchase a phone plan with no internet access other than the ability to do voice conversation and texting.

    #1606637

    👑RebYidd23
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    Look, someone who still believes in the free market.

    #1606712

    iacisrmma
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    3G networks are being phased out causing a switch to smartphones.

    #1606832

    Gadolhadorah
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    The younger generation (aka anyone younger then me) doesn’t want to “talk” on a phone. My kids and grandkids get upset when I “call” them and much prefer I text them. The smartphone option keeps them busy during carpools, shopping trips and the dreaded drive to NY to visit mishpacha. That’s why thee are only these few niche suppliers selling old fashioned cell phone with no web access

    #1606838

    👑RebYidd23
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    What about the even younger people, ages 2-7, who are unable to text?

    #1606882

    Shopping613 🌠
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    You can buy a dumb phone online or abroad and hook up your SIM with it.

    #1606939

    Neville ChaimBerlin
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    It becomes a financial burden on the cell phone providers to keep around a product that almost nobody wants. Because of this, they have to charge more than normal for flip phones. So, the cheapness advantage of flip phones is really deteriorating.

    You used to be able to get them for free with your wireless plan. Now, they charge you hundreds for a flip phone and try to give you all kinds of deals to get a smart phone. The selections used to be bigger for flip phones in stores also. Now, it’s usually just 1 model per store, and whatever it is, it’s probably not as good as the flip phone you had back in the day.

    #1607053

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
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    Now, they charge you hundreds for a flip phone

    That’s an exaggeration. You can get one for less than “hundreds”.

    #1607051

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
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    3G networks are being phased out causing a switch to smartphones.

    Verizon is phasing out 3g, the others, not yet AFAIK.

    Verizon does have a 4g flip phone, and supposedly TAG can make it “kosher”.

    So if someone wants a flip phone, it can still be had.

    #1607114

    The little I know
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    Our generation has achieved an ultimate in our collective growth. We have gravitated toward the downsizing of our own saichel and relegated it to the memory and power of our cell phones. Smart phones for stupid people.

    P.S. I own a smartphone that has been crippled at my choice. I have limited needs for certain features, and blocked all others. I prefer being smart to carrying around my brains in my pocket.

    #1607229

    👑RebYidd23
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    Most regular phones are 2g.

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