October 16, 2018 7:16 pm at 7:16 pm #1605943
Regular cell phones make calls better. Even if you want a pocket computer, you still might want a cell phone in your other pocket.October 16, 2018 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm #1605971
+1October 16, 2018 8:39 pm at 8:39 pm #1606007
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.October 16, 2018 8:39 pm at 8:39 pm #1606008
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.October 16, 2018 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm #1606028
Cats are pretty much the same now as ever.October 17, 2018 6:59 am at 6:59 am #1606106
Cars aren’t addictive.October 17, 2018 7:04 am at 7:04 am #1606176
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 bothOctober 17, 2018 7:27 am at 7:27 am #1606204
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.October 17, 2018 3:31 pm at 3:31 pm #1606637
Look, someone who still believes in the free market.October 17, 2018 5:39 pm at 5:39 pm #1606712
3G networks are being phased out causing a switch to smartphones.October 17, 2018 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm #1606832
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 accessOctober 18, 2018 12:15 am at 12:15 am #1606838
What about the even younger people, ages 2-7, who are unable to text?October 18, 2018 6:24 am at 6:24 am #1606882
You can buy a dumb phone online or abroad and hook up your SIM with it.October 18, 2018 10:25 am at 10:25 am #1606939
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.October 18, 2018 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm #1607053
☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
Now, they charge you hundreds for a flip phone
That’s an exaggeration. You can get one for less than “hundreds”.October 18, 2018 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm #1607051
☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
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.October 18, 2018 1:12 pm at 1:12 pm #1607114
The little I knowParticipant
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.October 18, 2018 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #1607229
Most regular phones are 2g.
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