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  • #16
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    First they convinced everyone that they had to have a computer. so now everyone has full and easy access to games and porn and we all wanted the biggest, brightest screen to watch and play on. Now that everyone has one they need to sell us something else so along come smart phones and Ipads which have the same crap your desktop has on it but the screen is much smaller and you have to upgrade the damn thing every couple of years so that you have the latest "apps" and better access to games and porn. Then they convince everyone that they have to put their lives on display so that everyone that wants to can follow your tedius life via facebook and twitter. Meanwhile everyone is so busy Twittering that nobody is paying attention to the fact that the entire world economy is in the dumpster. I see folks getting their homes and auto's reposessed but god forbid they don't have that Iphone in their pockets. We have been bamboozled by big advertising and marketing corporations that have us dead certain convinced that life can't be lived without that dumbassed phone in our pockets. Ask yourself and be really brutally honest. "how many of those calls and texts had to be made right that minute and how many of them were a waste of time" I'm guessing better than 90% were a waste. What a crisis it must be if the wife can't reach you to bring home a quart of milk or tell you that the dog crapped on the floor again. Was life better without cell phones? I don't know about better but you never got upset because you lost the damn thing or the battery was about to go dead and don't get me started on the total ripoff that cell phone 2 year plans are. you know what? we got by just fine and still can without them. I suspect that 10 years from now we will be talking about how silly the whole cell phone/ipad phase was.

    People are basically sheep and microsoft and apple are the shepards

    Oh yes, my guys have their own phones and they pay for them. The vehicles all have FM radio
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    • #17
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      Haha that was good! I agree lets go back to horse and carriage. Forget all the medicine advancement we have. Get rid of houses. A tree and pond is all we need. Oh wait I forgot, we are the smartest thing on this palanet maybe we should try and advance ourselfs. I cant wait for flying cars!!!
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      • #18
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        Did I say anything about going back in time? Are you telling me that access to porn, Angry Birds and the ability to tell the world how crappy your morning coffee was, is your idea of advancing civilization. Your arguments are the same skewed arguments everyone gives when they are pressed into really thinking about the impact and cost of their decisions. Technology can be either good or bad. It all depends on how it is applied. You see the smart phone as an advancement. As a teacher I see it as one the biggest obstacles to education today. If for some reason you were unable to use your precious smart phone would your life really be all that much worse than being addicted to an electronic device that you habitually pull from your pocket every 10 minutes to see if someone has texted you to ask "whatcha doin?" and then you can reply "nothing" and on it goes. I went to the Transiberian Orchestra concert last winter. Paid 85 bucks each for 4 seats (took the family) when the lights went down and the music started you could see thousands of people all texting and screwing around on their cell phones. Apparently the cost of the ticket and the talent of the musicians is not as gripping as some idiot wanting to know "watcha doin"
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        • #19
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          You have hit the nail on the head. Todays smart phones have become the poor mans status symbol. Service providers keep the rates high enough to make huge profits but not so high that the average Joe thinks he can't afford it. And so they all pull them out of their pockets and put them on the bar where everyone can see it and then they can get into a 30 minute conversation over how amazing the new Android rip off service is and how with the built in GPS they know where they are to within a yard or so as if anyone gives a crap. Look at me. Look at me! I'm special, I have a smart phone. Well, I guess I'm not special. I have a stupid phone. One of my kids tried texting me a couple months back. I took the phone away and canceled the service. I don't want to text. If I wanted to text, I send a letter. The whole reason for the phone is to TALK to people. What's next freekin smoke signals LOL
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          • #20
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            Originally posted by PlumbingParamedics View Post
            Verizon is $25 for the data plan...Unlimited use. Not saying its better to run a company from the phone. Just saying its pretty amazing that it can be run from a phone... So I guess your 13 plumbers all use beepers and pay phones or did all the marketing and sales hype make you switch to cell phones? You act like a smart phone is something they are selling on a infomercial.
            Verizon unlimited talk and text, single user $ 89.99 a month
            Add the data plan $ 25.00 a month

            Total monthly bill for ONE phone $ 114.99 a month

            times 12 months $ 1,379.88

            Such a deal to look at porn and text "nothing" LOL
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            • #21
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              Like I tell my own wife...when you text me I have to stop what I am doing, wait for that peice os shi* to download whatever you sent, reply on a phone with no key board (real ****i* fun) ..STOP TEXTING ME ..If it's that ****i* important call me ..Sorry gotta rant ..Total bullshi*.. I get home to read my emails..Carried my laptop with me for a short time ..Realized when some asshol* does the smash and grab there goes all my personal info company and otherwise..and they were fleecing me as much for the slow as* wireless card as they were for the shitt* as* cell service..Sprint service sucks and they can take a flyin fuc*i* Sprint leap..Cant wait to fire their fuc*in asses..Feel better now thanks ..back to my happy place
              ''Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" Benjamin Franklin

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              • #22
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                Originally posted by AFM View Post
                The iphone is the way to go Mark its the best mobile phone I have had since my first in 1990 which was a brick and I mean a brick in the size and weight.

                Tony
                My first cell phone was a Mitsubishi which I got in 1988. It was so large it actually had a full size head set. As I recall I was paying between $.60 - $1.00 per minute for calls. Boy have things changed since then.

                Mark
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                • #23
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                  My first was an analog Audiovox. It came in a bag. Looked about like a regular house phone. Cost was $ 1.75 a minute whether you made the call or someone called you.
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                  • #24
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                    I am currently in year 23 with my provider. The original company may have been AT&T but soon became Verizon after a monopoly lawsuit. The Verizon coverage map is second to none. Because I used my phone for emails when I am out of State I pretty much have to stay with Verizon.

                    Mark
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                    • #25
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                      Originally posted by TheMaster
                      The first phone I had was a bag phone by motorola. The bag was about 12"x6" and had a flip up antenna. I dont remember what it cost to use it but it was alot. You could get it wired to blow your horn when you got a call. It was cheesy as chit....ye ole car phone we called them. lol

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                      Mine looked about the same but it was made by Audiovox. I think it weighed about 6lbs or so
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                      • #26
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                        We're trading cell phone stories now eh? Man did this thread morf into something other than it started out to be.

                        Now that I got that out my first phone was a Fujitsu mobile phone mounted in my Bronco in 1985.
                        I remember the carrier was Cellular One but I don't recall what the rates were. The phones back then
                        were not cheap as others have noted.

                        I liked the Fujitsu because it had a big 3" speaker that was loud and clear, and a handset that
                        resembled something from a landline princess phone but with the dialpad on the back of the handset.
                        Back then the mobile phones were 3 watts and had ot be because cell towers were few and far between.
                        you needed 3 watts to reach the towers as they were 12 to 15 miles apart.

                        Here's a photo of a model similar to the one I had.
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                        • #27
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                          Mark Nancy has an I phone and loves it
                          i have a Nextel phone and use the push to talk 90% of the time ,its a work phone . i dont need a smart phone with me at work im there to work not be smart lol
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                          • #28
                            Re: Smart Phones

                            Heh, we still have a couple bag phones and my dad's truck still has a working one in it.
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                            • #29
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                              Here you go Mark. You still can get a bag phone to use, it will work on any GSM service which means AT&T Verizon, T-Mobil and such. This even has a USB port for data transfers. Motorola M900 GSM Portable Bag Phone for AT&T & T-Mobile
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