ORDERING A NEW PHONE – REALLY! – Marilyn Armstrong

I gave in. The flip phone was not working for me. I needed a phone with something resembling a keypad. Using the multiple hits required on the flip phone keys plus my inability to find text markers in case I might WANT to text meant it wasn’t working. I also couldn’t find any way to save phone numbers although I’m pretty sure there IS a way to do it.

This is what I have. It was free. And worth every penny!

On the other hand, I don’t need the internet — just the ability to phone someone in case of an emergency (like — the phone is down at home or we are on the road and typically lost), so I had to carry a notepad with friends’ numbers and the phone number for the electric company who do not seem to “get” that when the electricity is “out,” so is your wi-fi as well as the TV and telephone cable, heat, and the well pump. And pretty much everything else, come to think of it.

In the mail! I even bought a case for it. Wow, eh?

I also wanted a phone that would link to my wi-fi at home because it makes life simpler. Right now, I have — for $14.50 — unlimited text and phone. That price won’t change, either. So it was $80 for an LG3 LTE phone – plus $2 shipping.  This time, they are supposedly sending a manual.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

I almost never use our cell phone. It’s the emergency phone for when we are on the road or the power at home is out … or Charter has gone down and taken the phone with it.

For someone who is pretty savvy around cameras and computers, I am a total dummy around telephones and printers. Not just cell phones. Regular phones, too. I have some kind of mental disconnect. I can’t change ink in my printer, haven’t figured out how to make copies or use the scanner. So for me to actually get a phone that might work is a giant step.

They have pretty good prices on “fancy” phones, too, but what do I need fancy for? I always have a camera with me and usually have a Kindle in case I have some dire need for the internet while away from home. If I’m on vacation, I have my Mac with me AND the Kindle. And I’m not 100% sure, but I think there’s a wi-fi link in my cameras, too. I have no idea how to use it, but it’s there.

I do not use a telephone for anything financial. I’ve been hacked once and that was enough. I canceled a credit card because it got hacked once and then someone tried to hack it a second time. I figured those people (Walmart) need a better security service before I’ll use their card. I don’t need it anyway.

So sometime this week, I’ll have to take a very deep breath and try to figure out how to use the phone. I’m already scared and I don’t even have the phone.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

17 thoughts on “ORDERING A NEW PHONE – REALLY! – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. Garry used to feel that way about his Blackberry. When they stopped making them, he stopped like cell phones. I used one a lot when I was working, but now, I have a calendar and I keep our lives in it. The phone is for emergencies, though if I could find one I can make sense of, I might use it more!

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  1. I’m with you on this one. I’ve been having issues with my “land line,” which Cox has converted to their cable system, and am looking at other options — it seems all the companies are using cell towers as the base, with gismos that recharge their own batteries and serve as the old phone lines.. I don’t think I trust that for a home phone, but it would be better than having the modem go down in mid conversation!

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    1. You can’t get a real landline anymore. They are ALL cell based. And the PRICE they charge for a real landline is insane. Like more than $100 for ONE month. The only place where everyone has one (that I know about) is Maine and that’s because real landlines work even during blizzards and don’t need electricity or a working modem. So my landline is also cell-based and that is WHY I need to keep a cell phone on hand. At least this one is really CHEAP to own!

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  2. Getting a smartphone is such a steep learning curve. I still haven’t totally mastered mine and there are days when I just want the old flip phone back. The one you have pictured is very similar to what David and I had, in fact, I think it might even be the same brand as the one he had, there are still a couple of them kicking around the house. My smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy 4 was given to me by a friend who had upgraded. I only have a tiny amount of data on my plan so mostly I keep it switched off but it will also connect to the house wifi. It has a camera that takes a decent photo but is very temperamental to operate. It is always either taking photos of things I don’ t want or turning itself off when I want to take one. I still have an old fashioned landline because my internet connection is still ADSL. Our area only gets the newer NBN service via fixed wireless so if I upgrade I get to keep my landline if I want to or I can change to an Internet-based phone. Knowing that I could be moving it doesn’t’ seem worth the trouble to change. I can manage my computer needs quite well, even the printer and scanner but smartphones with all their apps are annoying because they never seem to do what you want them to do.

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  3. I’m with Miss Angloswiss. My iPhone is indispensable. I do everything on it, from blogging to reading books, to getting my news, to listening to music, to texting and emailing, to surfing the Net, to keeping a calendar, creating shopping and to do lists, and setting reminders, to playing games, to using its more than adequate camera to take pictures, etc. I rarely use my laptop, and never use my digital camera anymore. I even used it to post this comment.

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    1. When I was working, so did I and so did Garry. But we retired. We still need a calendar and we have a white board on the fridge for notes and we both have little notebooks we carry — and business cards so we don’t have to spell out our email addresses, but we are home most of the time or we are at a friends house and they have wifi … so we don’t really need them.

      It’s habit, too. Garry LOVED his Blackberry. He did everything on it, But after that, he couldn’t really hear a cell anymore and he won’t even talk on the phone at home.

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      1. I used to love my BlackBerry, too, but the company made some poor strategic decisions and Apple ate BlackBerry’s lunch. I finally made the move to the iPhone in 2010.

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        1. We had I phones right through the 6, but that was when the volume got really low and Garry couldn’t hear it at all, not even on speaker. We finally got a Samsung because it had the loudest vocal stuff … but by then, Garry’s ears were REALLY bad. It was before the implant. NOW he could hear them, probably, but from 7 through like 9, the voices were very hushed. Fine (or at least ok) for those of us who can hear, but useless for those who can’t. And when you wear hearing aids, you can’t just stick an earpod in your ear. Your ear is already full of equipment.

          The Blackberry was really good for what it was intended for — business. They had good connections, good sound, and a KEYBOARD. I loved them. I’m hoping this “new” one which isn’t really new will do the job because the flip phone definitely isn’t doing it. I don’t need an expensive phone. I don’t need a camera. I already have a few. I don’t need the internet because I can’t see on such a small screen and I had the way voices sound on those tiny speakers. I need something that will connect to my wifi so I can install my Google contacts and calendar and that’s pretty much it.

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    2. I could not do what I do without real cameras. I do use a calendar and contacts, but I need a bigger screen for almost everything I do. Photography is a big deal around here and I can’t edit without a screen to work on. Even this one is a bit small sometimes.

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  4. Having a smart phone has its advantages. Hope that the do send the manual this time around. But mostly it’s a small leaflet on how to set up the phone and the rest of instruction are found on the website.

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    1. I just want to connect to Google and add my calendar and contacts. Other than that, I don’t need — or really want — anything. Just to be able to make calls and/or texts. But I need a functional keypad first.

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  5. In spite of my Love/Hate relationship with my iPhone, I also carry an old flip phone as a secondary device for emergencies only. The iPhone is mostly for business and family contact.., and yes, it is convenient at times.

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