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Old 12-07-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Finally got a phone

I bought a cell phone yesterday — a no-contract deal from T-Mobile (via Costco), a Sony Ericsson phone (of three options) that the guy recommended as having good audio; he also likes the camera, which is also video — not sure that will matter, but who knows? The phone cost $90 and by investing $100 in 1,010 minutes, they are eternal; if I replenish them before December 6 next year, those also will be eternal.

I barely know how to use it. I showed it to our house cleaner this morning, and she rapidly scanned through all sorts of tricks, just by trial and error. I guess I will learn. Right now I can make a call and think I can answer the phone. I also managed to take a snapshot, a fairly awful one. Small steps.

My account includes online data storage. I can enter a contact list on the computer and then sync it with the phone. Lots easier than typing on the phone, which has several methods of typing, none of them very slick. I can set up five “faves” for unlimited calling; not sure how I would use that, but it may make sense one day.

It even has bluetooth, if I want a headset (not, I think) or some other unnamed sort of device. And it comes with chargers for house, computer, and car. One can sign up for TeleNav GPS service (14 days free, then $8 to $10/month).

The little manual is skimpy, but does include this advice: “Do not attempt to operate your phone charger if it has been … thrown from a speeding motorcycle …,” which struck me as kind of strange. Get the idea they expect the user to be young and foolish.

Anyway, it was easy to do and is fairly cheap (especially if we don’t use it much).

Thanks for all the advice during the endless months that I pondered this silly issue.

   
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:32 PM   #2
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kt: Right now I can make a call and think I can answer the phone.
Good things...'-}}


>>“Do not attempt to operate your phone charger if it has been … thrown from a speeding motorcycle …,”

ROFL!!! Weird...'-}}


Congrats...'-}}

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Old 01-01-2011, 09:18 PM   #3
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I just read this to my younger daughter, and she told me about a chain saw instruction manual she read about in a college Law & Ethics course: "Do not attempt to stop chain saw blade with genitals."

How could they possibly think of such a warning unless someone had tried it! A Darwin Award, or at least an Honorable Mention.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:35 PM   #4
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Although the warning label on aluminum extension ladders I've seen saying "Do not lean against power lines" is apparently there because a farmer did that and was electrocuted. His family sued the ladder manufacturer and won .... so CYA.

   
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:56 PM   #5
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Congrats and welcome to our century. ;-)

“Do not attempt to operate your phone charger if it has been … thrown from a speeding motorcycle …,”

Wouldn't you like to have been listening in on the support call that triggered that one? Or, you almost have to assume, multiple calls? Does it also warn against using the charger when it's burst into flames? I just HATE when mine do that and there's nothing in the manual about it one way or the the other. What to do, what to do?

The camera may be useful in surprising ways. Somebody who travels a lot routinely snaps a photo of the aisle number in the airport lot where she's parked her car. And of the car itself, if it's a rental.

T'other day, Helen used hers to snap photos of the cats for the annual Christmas card drawings Then she realized that she had no way of moving them to her computer. Mr. Geek to the rescue: she has no email or data plan but can send txt messages ... I texted to my phone and attached the photos, then emailed the photos from my phone to her. Thence to Eudora, paint program and the printer.

Reminds me of Tom Lehrer's song about Lobachevsky.

   
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It took me a couple of years to realize that I did not have to push any buttons to answer my flipphone -- a Nokia -- just opening the case did that and any buttons I pressed just broke the connection or put it on hold ......

   
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It took me a couple of years to realize that I did not have to push any buttons to answer my flipphone -- a Nokia -- just opening the case did that and any buttons I pressed just broke the connection or put it on hold ......
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The Nokia phones I've had all give you the choice of answering when you open the flip or waiting until you press the Phone key. I think they may've also let you press any key to answer. <!-- commenting out the obligatory "but where's the any key" gag -->

   
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:21 PM   #9
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How good is the Internet access? Can you log in to this forum or CompuServe or Gmail?

I doubt we make more than three cell calls a month; I use the Tracfone's browser quite a bit more than the phone. Tracfone is not a smartphone and has real limitations on what you can do on the Internet, such as I can't log in to most sites that require authentication. But I can get into Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Live.com, Facebook (which I avoid as much as possible), Twitter (never). No Flash or multimedia, either.

I didn't get the phone for the Internet and don't use it for that unless we're away from home and a computer (doesn't happen often) or there's a power failure at home (doesn't happen often, either, but when it does, it's nice not to be cut off).

I've used the camera a few times, once to take a picture of my cat where she would have moved if I had gone to get my real camera, once in a restaurant when I didn't have my camera along, and a few times to take pictures of grandchildren and pets to use for phone wallpaper. I can text pictures to my e-mail address and get them onto my computer that way.

This certainly isn't the phone to get if you plan to use it a lot for the Internet, but it's a cheap way to have access when you need it and don't want to spend much.

Anyway, welcome to the modern world!<g> I guess there's just so long we can hold out.
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Thanks.

I blush to say I do not know whether I can get on the web, etc. (from my iPod Touch I know that tiny web views sure are tiny). It says I can. I do know that I can send e-mail from the phone. Suspect I can also receive.

I think I will have some fun with the video if I figure it out.

But primarily I will be glad to have a way to call the people we are in danger of being late to see. And I paid a bit extra to have something that was small enough to fit in my jeans pocket and large enough to see.

For the rest, I will keep you posted!

   
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