02-09-2016, 05:37 PM
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  • Johnny
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I know that is a loaded question. Let me tell you what I am looking for or should I say what I will do with the phone. I will do two things:

Talk and text. That's it. I don't care about getting online, I have a computer for that. Just talk and text. It would be nice if it had a regular keyboard for typing purposes.

Fire away.

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 02-09-2016, 05:45 PM
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(02-09-2016, 05:37 PM)Johnny Wrote: I know that is a loaded question.  Let me tell you what I am looking for or should I say what I will do with the phone.  I will do two things:

Talk and text.  That's it.  I don't care about getting online, I have a computer for that.  Just talk and text.  It would be nice if it had a regular keyboard for typing purposes.

Fire away.

Unless you get an old school flip phone that some still offer your going to be faced with the smart phone buffet.  Very few companies still make just basic phones but you can still get a Motorola and one or 2 others with just the basics.

Edit: here is a link k to some flip phone options. Hope it helps Johnny! 

http://www.phonerated.com/top-rated-best...nes-global

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 02-09-2016, 06:23 PM
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Who is your service provider?

Not much in the way of uncomplicated talk and text unfortunately.

Google Nexus 5x or 6p are great for always up to date and relatively secure. Buy direct from Google. They are great to deal with and stand behind their hardware.

IPhone is a good option if you're unfamiliar with smart phones. Fairly intuitive, and just works. Hard to goof up.

If you've never had a smart phone, you might not know what you're missing. Having access to things like maps, the internet, and built in assistants plus email is very nice.

You don't have to turn on the "data" after all. Just use it as a small tablet that also can text and make calls.

I prefer Android. Personally.

If you are At&t or Tmobile you can buy any GSM "unlocked" phone you like. Smart or dumb.

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 02-09-2016, 06:26 PM
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Maybe try a Sears store. They have those Consumers Cellular plans. I don't know if the carrier is any good, but I think they have some old-school phones available.

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 02-09-2016, 06:34 PM
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Even if you just talk and text, smartphone is much easier to use for texting than one of the older style phones. You may find yourself using it for a lot more things you might have anticipated. I never thought I wanted one, but now I have one, I use it for anything and everything that I would previously used my computer for and more.

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 02-09-2016, 06:43 PM
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If you live near a walmart, they have a decent selection of flip phones, and can get you started on several carriers.

My old man has and flip phone. He never really uses it, so he went with straight talk wireless, which is a pre-paid plan. He buys 50 minutes or so, and refills when the balance gets low (every three months or so).

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 02-09-2016, 08:25 PM
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 02-09-2016, 10:27 PM
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Freddie, those flip-phones look cool and if I ever get a cell-phone, those would be a great option. Biggrin

Good luck, Johnny.

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 03-10-2016, 07:10 PM
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(02-09-2016, 05:37 PM)Johnny Wrote: I know that is a loaded question.  Let me tell you what I am looking for or should I say what I will do with the phone.  I will do two things:

Talk and text.  That's it.  I don't care about getting online, I have a computer for that.  Just talk and text.  It would be nice if it had a regular keyboard for typing purposes.

Fire away.

I use a TracFone it is a "Feature Phone" not a SmartPhone - it is one step up from a flip phone.
It has a touch screen and my minutes are good for 90 days & THEY ROLL OVER & NEVER EXPIRE unlike at&t!

AT&T the last time I looked are ripping off senior citizens who don't talk much on their phones.

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 03-10-2016, 09:25 PM
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(02-09-2016, 05:37 PM)Johnny Wrote: I know that is a loaded question.  Let me tell you what I am looking for or should I say what I will do with the phone.  I will do two things:

Talk and text.  That's it.  I don't care about getting online, I have a computer for that.  Just talk and text.  It would be nice if it had a regular keyboard for typing purposes.

Fire away.

Talk, text... Really slow texting - nieces laugh when they see me hunt and peck.  Sudoku.  Oh, and I get email.  Will occasionally write myself a note if I don't have pen & paper.  And I'll use the alarm clock - and my RPN calculator.  ...and photos - amazing how good the cameras are in the phones these days.

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