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choosing a new phone
December 10, 2017
3:39 pm
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June Genis
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I currently have an S5, about 3 years old, with Verizon service.  It is dying. (I probably helped it along by having it fall out of my back pocket one too many times) so I am trying to decide what to replace it with.  I was intrigued by the session on the $59 dollar phone but I’m not quite sure if it will meet my needs.

Apparently new phones allow you to remove bloatware while mine doesn’t.  I’m currently pressing the 8G limit on my phone but don’t know how much of that is bloatware vs stuff I really use.  Can I tell?  Will the cheap 8G allow me to remove bloatware or do I need a slightly better one?  The Verizon store was pushing another LG that they said they could remove bloatware from but it costs $600.  On their new installment plan that would jump my monthly cost from about $60 to over $80.  I was also amazed when they told me that even without my help they usually only expect phones to last 2 to 3 years!

I usually don’t need a lot of data because at home I have unlimited data on my ISP and I can connect my phone to it via my wifi router.  Can I buy less than $10G for one month?  I rarely hit my 2G current limit.

Can I switch my current one and only phone number to my phone or can I switch it to a Google Voice number?  Lots of people have this number and I want it to keep working somehow.

I am the only person on my plan and the one I’m on is the cheapest one from Verizon.  Is there anything else I should be asking here but don’t know I should?

June

December 10, 2017
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My S5 is dying too. You can do a factory reset to buy a little time (see episode 61), but a new phone is in order. It’s true that they only last 3 years or so. Although I actually kind of like the $59 LG from Episode 127, the 8 GB size is a total deal killer. There’s little or no bloatware, but 8 GB isn’t enough for a basic set of apps. When you have more storage, the bloatware won’t be as much of a problem, you can just disable it if you can’t remove it.

I really can’t recommend a particular phone, it’s just too personal a choice, and there are too many options. $59 is a little too cheap, but I don’t think you need to go as high as $600. There are lots of choices in the $200 – 250 range. I do like buying from BestBuy since they carry several brands and several cellular providers. Even Walmart. There’s really no need to buy direct from the providers any more. 

You can keep your cell phone number, but there are some hoops to jump thru. Be sure to google for “keep your cell phone number” and learn the rules. You could get a Google voice number, but it shouldn’t be necessary.

Have fun! Today’s smartphones are amazing.

February 3, 2022
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Plan to purchase new smartphone and tablet.  Want Android on both.  Saw comment about buying from Best Buy.  Concerned that Best Buy salesperson will  push phone that provides them best incentive.  Also want best of both items for motorhome (travel about 4 months of year) and home without a lot of or any changes.  We don’t do many pictures.  Thank you for  your help. PHowarth

February 3, 2022
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I hear ya on wondering what a salesperson wants to sell vs what’s best for me. But if you go in with some knowledge you can listen to what the salesperson says and then decide for yourself. 

For an Android phone there are 2 main choices: Samsung and Google/Pixel. These are the mainstream phones. Samsung is the most popular – they have models ranging from about $400 to $1200. The Google Pixel is cool in that it has no “bloatware” – the phone is made by Google, the operating System is made by Google, the Apps are made by Google. So there’s no need for them to throw extra apps on there like Samsung does. I also know people who love their Motorola phones.

It’s important, today, to get a phone with 5G capability. Not that you need it now – 5G is not available that much, but it’s coming. I wouldn’t want to buy a phone that can’t take advantage of the near future technology.

I recently bought a Samsung S21 Ultra – it’s a $1200 phone that I paid $600 with a trade-in. I love the AMAZING camera. If you don’t care that much about photos – you don’t need that. 

I would check into the Google Pixel 5A it sells for $450.

The links I gave are for buying online, direct from the manufacturer. It’s still worth checking with Best Buy, or Costco, or even Walmart.

As for a tablet … I haven’t bought an Android tablet in years. It seems that only Samsung is still playing in that market. Maybe a Best Buy or other would give you a great deal on a package deal with Samsung phone and tablet.

Any questions, come back here. And, in any case, let us know what you do.

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