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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
10:39 pm
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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.

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