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El Jeffe's Avatar Picture El Jeffe – April 21, 2013 07:41AM Reply Quote
Non Apple phones.

El Jeffe – April 21, 2013 08:26AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Now that one of our pay as you go providers is in the midst of switching from Sprint to T-Mobile, we can take this opportunity to upgrade (or downgrade if you want to rock a Treo like I still do) our phones.
Background : I hate deadspots. So, I spread our phones across three carriers: Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Figured that way no matter where we are, we should be able to get a signal if one exists.

My family pretty much requires a physical keyboard. Wife has liked the Palm Treo, and has been carrying the Palm Pixi for a while now. On her second one, it just cannot stand up to long term use. (Actually my Treo REBOOTS during almost every call/text now, too). So, there is the "STICK"/Treo/Blackberry layout of small keyboard at bottom, small screen at top, PERHAPS touch elements on the screen, perhaps NOT. My son just got and is happy with what appears to be a made for Mexico/ans device called the Blu Samba Jr. For about $30. He seems to like that over his two constantly-failing LG Sliders this or that models. So, I am wondering if a fourth or fifth LG slider to add to our stuff is worth it. That means.... Samsung.... ????

Or, am I missing some options?

I have found the following
1) GSM
2) Physical keyboard
Phones that might be appealing.

No intention of delving into the spiraling expensive world of data plans with any of these. Now, it's mostly a texting device for us. For me, also a 1Password-type thing; perhaps shopping to-do list. My new GPS has 'the Yelp' and such built-in for free. ($70 for the GPS but LOTS of features) and that's good enough for me. (Buy two, they're small)

I'd like to know if any of you have any opinions or see any glaring reasons for or against any of these.
Not sure if I should dip my toe into windows phone waters; initial reaction is NO.

Samsung Galaxy Appeal™ Android Smartphone
$90 http://bit.ly/11rDwIC

Samsung DoubleTime™ Android Smartphone
$90 http://bit.ly/11rDOiN

Samsung Captivate™ Glide Android Smartphone
$190 http://bit.ly/11rDUGV

Samsung Smiley :) QWERTY Cell Phone
$167 http://bit.ly/11rEd4y

My wife briefly looked at all these and likes the ability to dial with it closed, with real buttons (tactical feedback) as well as open it for touch typing text messages.
Samsung Gravity® TXT QWERTY Cellphone
$75 http://bit.ly/11rERPI

Samsung Gravity® SMART QWERTY Cell Phone
$100 http://bit.ly/11rF2dE

Galaxy S® Relay™ 4G (T-Mobile) Android Smartphone
Above $330 http://bit.ly/11rFsB1

From top to bottom, I've created this image of the phones in traditional American left to right, up/down

El Jeffe – April 21, 2013 11:01AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
After hours...
gravity one thing or another looks up her alley.
Gravity 2 (there's a PLUS?)
Gravity 3
Gravity TXT

This makes case for TXT

ddt – April 21, 2013 03:40PM Reply Quote
Motofone? Dual antennas for use in developing countries... like Indiana!


El Jeffe – April 21, 2013 03:46PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Can only find that Samsung TXT from ebay/hong kong.
She really wants/prefers front numeric keypad (with detents; not soft-touch) and side-slide qwerty.
And something with built-in, anti-BUTT-Dialing technology would be nice. hahahh

(Alma --> most humans in space/on moon --> develop THAT MIT ! Pffft! )

Trying to figure out why I'd want a four-row vs the three-row with this...

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/21/2013 03:48PM by El Jeffe.

El Jeffe – April 21, 2013 05:04PM Reply Quote
What a journey.

ARL (Moderator) – April 21, 2013 11:32PM Reply Quote
Wasn't there already about three different threads for this?

El Jeffe – April 22, 2013 04:52AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I did this because I thought someone said something about too much going on in one thread, hijacking, ignoring....
(I might have mis-read it)
Does that help explain?
More importantly, any suggestions or opinions on the PHONE TOPIC?

johnny k – April 22, 2013 04:02PM Reply Quote
I like the MOTOFONE, but the big downside is that the segmented display is crappy for reading texts.

El Jeffe – April 24, 2013 06:52PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
ok. friend wants to get rid of iPhone 4. I bought a PTEL sim. Not sure what various SIM sizes are. Does iphone 4 take a regular SIM? I've only known the size that my Palm Treo takes. And That's the same as the Blu Samba Jr. I just bought. But I could not figure out how to open up his iphone 4 to see what size went inside.

porruka (Admin) – April 24, 2013 07:12PM Reply Quote
New year. Same me. Proceed accordingly.
Random youtube video answer to SIM question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2y0abjPFfk

El Jeffe – April 24, 2013 07:32PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Thanks. Never seen a micro sim. He would not allow me to attempt to open his phone sim slot. He'd never done it and did not know what it would do.
He mentioned $150. Is that a good deal? Not sure which family member that might be for. Wife really loves physical keyboards. I noticed on a 'first look' video/podcast tonight that black berry has some Q10. likely more money unlocked, of course.

porruka (Admin) – April 24, 2013 07:38PM Reply Quote
New year. Same me. Proceed accordingly.
As to whether a good deal or not, you'll have to do some research. It might be. But before you do, the 4 was particularly restricted by model; make sure what original carrier it was on before you buy it to make sure it will work with whatever service you want it to.

ddt – April 24, 2013 10:44PM Reply Quote
And that might be a marginal cost savings over getting a new one with contract with your carrier... ? That'd give things like warranty, etc.


El Jeffe – April 25, 2013 04:37AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I can't afford a data plan for a new one. This would be strictly for unlocking (if possible) for use on platinumtel (T-Mobile) for voice/sms.
But I would/am have/ing hard time thinking about this used phone versus a new Samsung Gravity (one vs 2 vs TXT) at half the price and guaranteed unlocked.
We are debt/contract-service averse. My wife really is. But, that's another thread. ;)

johnny k – April 25, 2013 06:58AM Reply Quote
iPhone 4 introduced the use of the micro SIM, but you can cut yours to size, or get a micro SIM from T-mobile. Going by eBay, $150 is $50-100 less than what the market is paying, more if this is already unlocked.

El Jeffe – April 25, 2013 07:12AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I see micro SIMs for P-tel for $1 on eBay.
Are the AT&T iPhone 4s easily unlocked? (I know I can google...)
I assume so. Just thinking out loud.

El Jeffe – May 06, 2013 09:39AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
switching middle child from PlatinumTels/PTel's older sprint-based paygo to their new T-mobile networked GSM Samsung Gravity. It took me 30 minutes to do one side of my van's brake pads and rotor. I think I'll be ON HOLD to get the phone switched over longer than that!

Amazon's Gravity page - as expected, price and availability have changed in the short time I ordered it. http://amzn.to/ZAXs95

El Jeffe – May 06, 2013 10:21AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Man, anyone should be able to see the number they are dialing with this phone!
Puppy added for visual awww factor. :)

John Willoughby – May 09, 2014 05:16PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Oops. Looks like the Java API that Google swiped for Android WAS copyrightable.

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