Android Phones

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by O-man21, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    And for Page plus, he needs to find a verizon iphone- newer and less common.

    I got a droid (well used, $40), and have been playing around with it on my wifi network without activating it yet. Pretty impressive. I highly recommend the swype app (you have to get it from swype, it's not in the market). I really love the great scientific calculators and construction calculators available- I would carry this thing around even if it wasn't a phone, at this point, just for use as a decent camera/mp3 player/calculator/wifi device.
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  2. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    3G 16GB iPhones on eBay seem to be pricing from 250.00 to 350.00, and up. There are two college towns near here and their Craig's List is about the same. There seem to be an awful lot of bad ESN's in that market.
    I like to stay one or two steps behind the current technology and by being patient I usually come out okay. I actually made money on the sale of the Android.
    My backup cell is a StarTac, which I active periodically and find to be every bit as good as anything else I've tried.
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  3. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    So far so good on the Moto Droid on Page Plus. Reduced our monthly bill by about $30, and a week into it, I've used about 5% of my monthly allotment of data and minutes, and about 2% of the text messages. And the main plus is that I've had good reception for the entire last week- Verizon seems to be much better than Sprint around here.

    I can imagine using up data pretty fast if I wasn't conscientious about it though- as it is, I'm often on Wifi when I need/want to use more data, so it doesn't use the cell network.
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  4. Tweaker

    Tweaker ...

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    I'm saving $50/month, did ok on the data and wouldn't mind if I had to spend another $10 for more. Verizon rules in the remote areas I go.

    Problem is my phones screen digitizer went bonky and I'm in the middle of replacing it. Cell phone technician is now in my repertoire.
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  5. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    Droid 3 here and so far so good.

    I turned that 'droiiid" shit off too.

    Love the voice search feature

    Free Apps I like so far:

    NFL Mobil (Comcast Red Zone in the middle of nowhere USA is kinda cool)

    Google Earth

    Barcode scanner (because I'm a cheap fucker and I want to know what others are getting for the things I buy)

    My Tracks absolutely rocks and give me Google Earth tracks when asked.

    I also installed the Google Sky Map App but haven't used it yet.

    The only App I've paid for is SplashID which is a very good password app. I have 30+ passwords with various security considerations and IMO this is a must have App. (The blackberry had it and I loved it)


    I also installed the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass event app for this weekend (5 stages 100+ bands) that tells me who is playing when and where. I think that one will serve me well. :evil

    PS I like a real keyboard.
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  6. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    OK. I seriously need to get a smart phone now. Debating between a new galaxy S2 with sprint on a 2 year contract, or going this route and getting page plus. What would I need to do, buy any verizon ready smart phone off craigslist? Any suggestions on which one to go with?
    New work phone is a nextel/sprint, stupid phone. Didn't realize how much I used the old smart one to keep up with the world, and I now have more time than ever to browse around....
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  7. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    You know that the Verizon Droid works with PP. There are also a few phones for sale on their web page. If you go to HowardForums.com there is a Page Plus thread that will list some of the phones used. You can call PP and ask the operators which smart phones they've activated successfully.
    So far, any Verizon phone that I've activated on PP has worked just fine.
    Most of my phones are refurbished models that I buy on eBay.
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  8. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    :huh are they typing in english over there? Holy crap there's a lot of initials flying around on that site. I may have to suck it up and just go with one of the majors. I don't really care to learn all the geek needed to go with PP.
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  9. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    I chose the droid because it was pretty cheap, parts were fairly cheap, it's a proven durable/bug free phone, and it comes with a very clean version of android (not full of motorola/htc/samsung crapware). It has good battery life for a smartphone, and it works without a hitch on PP.

    I don't really need the physical keyboard, since I got the Swype app, the touchscreen is faster to type on. So having the keyboard makes the phone a bit heavy.

    BTW, I got my page plus through Kitty wireless- they make it really easy to set up a payment program and get started.
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  10. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    If you've got 10.4.x and don't plan on upgrading anytime soon, I wouldn't go iThing because iTunes v10 requires ≥10.5.8 and the latest version of iThing requires iTunes 10.

    My iPod locked up on me last week, fixing it gave me the latest firmware... no worky with my computer.

    So... yea, looking into the droid x or x2. Want it mostly as a media player for now, but will probably move my phone service to it if it suits my needs.
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  11. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    well...my phone just took a shit. (Android 3)

    Customer service couldn't help (Rebooted 2 ways, 3 times)

    They want to send me a "refurbished" phone for the 20 day old phone I now have. Fuck that, they should be sending me a NEW phone.

    So luckily I bought the phone at Costco and Costco has a 90 return policy so we'll see where that gets me. :dunno
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  12. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    I once wrecked a 30-day-old truck. The body shop manager told me that I was "lucky" that I got a new factory bumper, that usually it's a used or aftermarket one, even for trucks that new. I wasn't happy to learn that.
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  13. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    I'd feel bad, and take my medicine, if I had wrecked the phone. :nod

    It was rebooting every hour but working fine until they tried to do a forced reboot on it. Then it stopped working all-together. :deal
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  14. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Oh, I wasn't giving you grief for being upset about getting a refurbed phone, I was commiserating with you. As I said, I was considered lucky, when I would have thought it SOP to issue a new part.
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  15. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    Just ignore all the technical blather. Get a Droid with a clear ESN, phone PP from a phone other than the one you want to activate, and have fun. Takes about 10 minutes. Go on their web page and buy minutes. The 29.95 monthly plan is a pretty good deal and will give you 100 GB of data to play around with as well as 1200 minutes of calls.
    The prices have come down on the Droids and they're a proven commodity. A few weeks ago I sold my perfectly good Droid with accessories on eBay for 150.00 and I've seen refurbished units priced in that range.
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  16. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    Update on the Droid 3 issue:

    After spending >an hour on the phone with verizon tech (level 2) and their determination that the phone was screwed and needed to be replaced I took it to the verizon store and they were totally clueless so I took it back to the booth at the Costco store to see if they could help.. (They work for Wireless Advocates)

    5 minutes in their hands had me working like new. :clap

    The only issue is that "like new" includes erasing everything that I had installed on the phone since I got it. (I've now installed a micro-SD card to serve as my backup per their recommendation)

    With that I'm back to liking my phone and I have a bit more insight into the ineptitude of verizon customer service.

    One other issue is that verizon decided to send me the used phone that I refused to accept (I was notified by e-mail but with the phone down I didn't see it until it was fixed). I replied that I found a competent individual who was able to fix my issue and that I STILL didn't want their used phone.

    Life is good. :clap



    PS No problem troidus. :thumb
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  17. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Did more research. 100MB of data is next to nothing with how I count on using my phone. I'm going to go with sprints unlimited plan.

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  18. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    The biggest factors with the stats you show is

    A.) How much do you use 3g vs. Wifi- i.e., I wouldn't download apps or watch videos unless I'm on wifi. It's a hell of a lot faster, for one thing.

    B.) Even if I use another 200mb of data (at $10/100mb), I'm still paying less than my sprint plan, and have better reception.

    That's how it worked out for me, anyway.
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  19. PoundSand

    PoundSand Long timer

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    a) depending on where you are, what phone you have, and what service provider, 3g (and especially '4g') can be faster than wifi by quite a bit.
    b) 100MB is what, a couple hours of music streaming? a smartphone becomes a *lot* more fun, and a lot more useful with unlimited data. ;D
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  20. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Ahh, true enough. I'd love to stream radio from seattle at the jobsite. But paying that much per month for it? I don't think so. And what really got me to switch away from sprint was the inability to make a call from home.
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