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Old 03-20-2010, 10:28 AM   #6
john_b
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Care to tell us what's the make and model of the phone, and how/where you got it for a fiver?
It's a Samsung E1120 and about as basic as they come. It has a colour screen which is a step up from my last - and now spare-and-living-in-the-car - phone. ASDA (=Wallmart in the US) had shed loads of them for 10 quid, but that included a 5 quid talk time voucher. They were locked into Orange (pay as you go, no contract), but I couldn't pass up an offer like that...;-)

I'm sure that iPhones are great pieces of kit but, as you say, you're tied in to a contract and that just doesn't work for me.

It seems that this new breed of phones really needs 3G coverage to allow you to use all the whizzy bits. In our area that's simply a non-starter...

...but here's what I don't understand: my other half just bought a new phone with a nice touch screen. It's not 3G but it does allow her to access the internet, not at any rapid speed, but you can check emails and so on if you need to. Now I've seen pay as you go USB dongles that allow your laptop to access the internet at a reasonable lick, but I've never seen any equivalent non-3G 'dongle' that allows you similar access, albeit at a more leisurely pace. Do such devices exist?

I like your picture of someone who "furiously dribbles their finger" over the phone...;-)

John

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