My first smart phone.

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February 24th, 2016 at 6:51:50 AM permalink
Nareed
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I'm a few months away from getting an android phone free, albeit an older model.

As for the iphone 4 I have, I might give it to someone at the office who's stuck with one of the crappy office-issued phones, or I may keep it without a SIM chip and use it as a podcast and Audible player.
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
February 24th, 2016 at 7:07:04 AM permalink
DRich
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Quote: Evenbob
II've hated talking on the phone
all my life, a lot of men are that way.


I have talked to my wife on the phone exactly twice ever. Once was after some confusion at the airport and I had to explain to her where to pick me up, the other was because we got separated in a casino and couldn't find each other.
April 4th, 2016 at 1:22:58 PM permalink
Nareed
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Finally I'm putting the iphone 4 out to pasture.

Actually I'm "giving" it to a coworker.

What I got, free (and very used) is an old Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I think this puts me in the paleoelectronic era. I don't care. I've had it half a day and I already love it. It runs Kit-Kat, rather well, and all the cloud services are humming without any hassle. I just need to download some apps and I can begin using it.

The only problem now is finding a good Android podcast app. The one I used in the Nexus 7 was so-so.

Best of all, compared to the iphone, it 1) doesn't bug me every time I open an app to tell me cell data is off and 2) lets me customize almost everything as I like it (ie no lock screen).
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
April 4th, 2016 at 9:51:17 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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It's about 2.5 years old. Is that paleoelectronic?

What kind of service do you get now in Mexico?
Monthly Talk & Text DATA
$30 /mo Unlimited* Wi-Fi Only**
$45 /mo Unlimited* 3 GB
$60 /mo Unlimited* 4 GB
*Unlimited Texting to anyone on any network on the U.S. and to participating carriers in Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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América Móvil is the largest virtual network operater in the USA and ended the year 2015 with 25.7 million clients. They sell under brand namesTracFone, NET10 Wireless, Straight Talk, SafeLink Wireless, SIMPLE Mobile, Total Wireless and Telcel América.

Total Wireless is owned by América Móvil, and they sell plans on third generation phones only that use Verizon
Monthly Talk & Text DATA
$30 /mo Unlimited Wi-Fi Only data
$35/mo Unlimited 2.5 GB
$60/mo Unlimited 5 GB (two phones)
$85/mo Unlimited 9 GB (three phones)
$110/mo Unlimited 12 GB (four phones)

Telcel América uses T-Mobile network and has poor coverage outside of urban USA.
$31.50 with Auto-Refill Unlimited 1 GB at 4G LTE speed and then 2nd generation speed for rest of month
UNLIMITED Calls to international land lines in many countries
UNLIMITED Calls to mobile numbers in Mexico, Canada, China and India


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Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Market Status: Released US carrier availability: Available - Verizon
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DESIGN
Device type Smart phone
OS Android (5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)
Dimensions 5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches
Weight 5.93 oz (168 g)

DISPLAY
Physical size 5.7 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 386 ppi
Technology Super AMOLED
Screen-to-body ratio 74.78 %
Colors 16,777,216
Touchscreen Multi-touch
Features Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)

CAMERA
Camera 13 megapixels
Flash LED
Aperture size F2.2
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 31 mm
Camera sensor size 1/3.06"
Pixel size 1.12 μm
Features Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Autofocus, Touch to focus, Self-timer
Settings Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets
Shooting Modes Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects
Camcorder 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)
Features
Video calling Digital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling
Front-facing camera 2 megapixels

HARDWARE
System chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processor Adreno 330
System memory 3072 MB RAM
Built-in storage 64 GB
Maximum User Storage
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC up to 64 GB

BATTERY
Talk time 25.00 hours
Stand-by time 22.0 days (528 hours)
Talk time (3G) 21.00 hours
Stand-by time (3G) 17.5 days (420 hours)
Stand-by time (4G) 15.8 days (380 hours)
Music playback 84.00 hours
Video playback 13.00 hours
Capacity 3200 mAh
Wireless charging Optional

MULTIMEDIA
Music player
Filter by Album, Artist, Playlists
Features Album art cover, Background playback, Preset equalizer
Speakers Earpiece, Loudspeaker
YouTube player Yes

INTERNET BROWSING
Built-in online services support YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

TECHNOLOGY
CDMA
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2) MHz
Data LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Micro SIM Yes
VoLTE Yes
Positioning
GPS, A-GPS
Navigation Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation

CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth 4
Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
Mobile hotspot Yes

USB USB 3.0
Connector microUSB
Features Mass storage device, USB Host, USB charging
HDMI via microUSB
Other NFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, ANT+, Infrared

OTHER FEATURES
Notifications Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Thermometer, Gesture, Humidity, Barometer
Hearing aid compatibility T3
Other Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD

AVAILABILITY
Officially announced 04 Sep 2013
April 4th, 2016 at 11:40:59 PM permalink
Evenbob
Member since: Oct 24, 2012
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The amounts people pay for cell service
is astounding. I pay $40 a year for my
emergency cell and 400 min. The year
is up June 1st and I still have over 300
min left. I guess I'm just a dinosaur.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
April 5th, 2016 at 6:24:50 AM permalink
beachbumbabs
Member since: Sep 3, 2013
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Quote: Nareed
Finally I'm putting the iphone 4 out to pasture.

Actually I'm "giving" it to a coworker.

What I got, free (and very used) is an old Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I think this puts me in the paleoelectronic era. I don't care. I've had it half a day and I already love it. It runs Kit-Kat, rather well, and all the cloud services are humming without any hassle. I just need to download some apps and I can begin using it.

The only problem now is finding a good Android podcast app. The one I used in the Nexus 7 was so-so.

Best of all, compared to the iphone, it 1) doesn't bug me every time I open an app to tell me cell data is off and 2) lets me customize almost everything as I like it (ie no lock screen).


Love love love my Note3. Got it new (very reduced price) when the Note5 came out. I think you will like it even more as you go.
Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. -ersatz Buddha
April 5th, 2016 at 6:36:13 AM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: Pacomartin
It's about 2.5 years old. Is that paleoelectronic?


Going by the Most Trendy Church of the Apple, that was the phone the blue-green algae used to spread the Good News of photosynthesis.

Quote:
What kind of service do you get now in Mexico?


I've absolutely no idea at all. While the handset is mine, the line is owned and paid for by the company.

Thus far it runs much faster than the iphone 4, and it's easier to operate. About the only thing the iphone did better was its integrated podcast app, and the ability to turn off mobile data for selected apps (the latter was utterly ruined by the ever-present annoying message that apps not on cell data were not on cell data).

The battery seems to drain rather quickly, too.
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
April 5th, 2016 at 7:01:38 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Pacomartin
Telcel América uses T-Mobile network and has poor coverage outside of urban USA.
$31.50 with Auto-Refill
Unlimited Talk and Text in USA 1 GB at 4G LTE speed and then 2nd generation speed for rest of month
UNLIMITED Calls to international land lines in many countries
UNLIMITED Calls to mobile numbers in Mexico, Canada, China and India


I am really curious if the Telcel price in Mexico is higher or lower than Telcel América. $31.50 USD ~ $560 MXN
April 5th, 2016 at 7:17:01 AM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: Pacomartin
I am really curious if the Telcel price in Mexico is higher or lower than Telcel América. $31.50 USD ~ $560 MXN


As I said, no idea. I haven't paid for cell service since 2009 or so (I still have that phone).

I do know we get a set number of minutes, a whooping 10 text messages, and a set amount of mobile data per month. If the minutes or data run out, I can buy credit at just about any store. Nothing gets you more text messages (but you can use Whatsapp with mobile data and/or WiFi). I don't think I've ever run out since we got into the smart phone plan in 2014.
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
April 5th, 2016 at 6:12:24 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Nareed
I do know we get a set number of minutes, a whooping 10 text messages, and a set amount of mobile data per month.


I get the feeling that since unlimited talk and text have come down in price to $30 or less (since 2015) that most business accounts give you at least that much. Data remains fairly expensive in comparison. Since landlines are usually more than $30 it has become increasingly popular to just have a cell phone for private usage.

What are often referred to as MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) who buy bulk time from Verizon, AT&T, T-mobile (German), and Sprint (now owned by Softbank in Japan) still sell limited minutes and texts. They also sell unusual mixes (very limited talk minutes and lots of data or unlimited music, etc.). The largest MVNO is America Movil's various brands. In a strange twist, AT&T is now moving into the Mexican market, as the Mexican government ordered America Movil to reduce their market share. America Movil is responding by buying their way into the European marketplace.

Calling plans that include Canada and Mexico have been the latest bonus offerings in the competitive wars. As I remember the plans in Mexico a number of years ago, it was very expensive to call the USA. When Oaxaca City broke out in riots a number of students were confined to their rooms for several days often only having their cell phones and no computer access. One girl ran a $1000 bill in about four days.

America Movil's original brand, Tracfone, seems more like your plan where you initially buy service, and then you pay for limited numbers of minutes, texts, or data. One year's service on Tracfone starts at $50 after the initial three months, and the cheapest thing to buy is texts at a penny apiece (1000 for $10).

You mentioned "Whatsapp" to send free texts over WiFi. What do you use for free/cheap voice over Wifi? Do you use Google Voice or Skype?
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