Smart People Are Going For 'Dumb' Phones: Here's Why

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  1. mood

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    Smart People Are Going For 'Dumb' Phones: Here's Why
    August 7, 2019
    https://www.ibtimes.com/smart-people-are-going-dumb-phones-heres-why-2811382
    Why a 'dumb' phone is the smart new trend
     
  2. mirimir

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    I have an old dumb phone with large keys. If I need the Internet, I'll use a Linux box.
     
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    this "dumb phone for the smart" approach doesn't make any sense. i mean, what is wrong with buying a more expensive or better phone if you can afford it? it's me who's paying for it, not you/the society. it's even better for the society; the more expensive phone i buy, the higher the tax i pay. it's not that i'm buying an suv or 4x4 with a high co2 emmision that pollutes the air (not that it's wrong to buy one, btw). so, what gives here?
     
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    It's the distraction factor for some.
     
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    well, wouldn't that make them the real dummies in that case? if they so easily get distracted with added/extra features of a smartphone or the social media and can't control themselves, then they have more serious issues to worry about than other people's expenses.
     
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    Topic reminds me of my ole Motorola E815 flipper. Best wireless carry around phone ever had, outside of the constant daily recharge cycle. If I seen something I liked to take a pic or video of it was so very simple to channel those straight to a Flickr album and done.

    Lost it on one of my freight shipment travels. Woe is me-best phone ever-no social network but a decent instant messaging built-in and the thing fit in your pocket or clipped on your belt. About the size of a pack of smokes. No concerns keeping up with apps etc.

    Just plain dumb phone and didn't track-
     
  7. guest

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    Yeah lol. Not so smart.
     
  8. mirimir

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    The main issue for me is tracking. Also the lack of true ownership. That is, users don't typically have root rights. So apps can often do whatever they like, and users can't prevent it. One aspect of that is lack of networking control. Also the existence of the radio and other systems outside of user control.

    They're mainly tracking devices.
     
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    Simple phones as well, you need antenna relay, so you are pinpointed, sure not precisely like with smartphones' GPS, but the CCTVs will help then.
     
  10. mirimir

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    True. But I don't do anything where privacy matters using my cellphone. Or using any phone, for that matter.

    And when I'm using it, I know that I'm trackable. So when I don't want to be tracked, I make sure that it's turned off, and in a Faraday bag.
     
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    Wouldn't ripping the battery out achieve the same result?
     
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    Simple answer not always.
     
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    How so? I have read here before there is supposed to be a hidden battery backup. I suspect if I pulled the battery on my phone, then pressed the power button it would drain the capacitors just like it would any electronic device leaving the phone inert.
     
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    My opinion... Though you make the point that it is not society paying for it, your willingness to buy the expensive phone enables them to charge an ever higher price that everyone has to pay. I can ultimately afford the $1,000 plus phone, but it gets way less appealing for me to do so. I may well go for the dumb phone myself next time because I am tired of chipping in for the 8 figure salary of the big telco CEOs. I don't really need much of the functionality. Cellular data is still usually pretty slow and my car has GPS. At home or work I have a far more powerful device to use for internet access. Google tracks my every move and the constant notifications are maddening. I don't know if anyone else agrees but there is my best answer.
     
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    Wrong, you have high quality mid-range phones. No one forces you to pay high prices, my mid-range Huawei or Sony own the IPhoneX for 1/3rd of its price.
     
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    No one forces you to buy anything. And mid range phones are moving to the $650+ range.
     
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    Huawei Nova 3i : less than 300$
    Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra : 400$
     
  18. xxJackxx

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    The minimum price for the Sony on Amazon is $499. Anything lower is used/refurbished.
    A Tom's Guide review calling it "Too Much for Too Little"
    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/sony-xperia-xa2-ultra,review-5289.html

    The situation with Huawei in the US will probably stop a lot of folks from buying one depending on whether or not it is banned this week or next. The seeds of distrust have been sown.
     
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    I have a cell phone that is just that -- a phone. It doesn't give me a neck massage or do my laundry -- it just sends & receives phone calls. When I use a computer, I want a 15" screen so my old eyes can see it. When I want a camera, I grab my Nikon so I get pictures that can be blown up to poster size & look great. However, I have no issue with folks who like smart phones -- "to each his own," as the lady said when she kissed her cat. :isay:
     
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    I guess I'll spring for that sweet Jitterbug clam shell after all!
     
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    Not everyone need the all the "cool" "new" features and bling bling (oooh! look this phone has
    even more rounded corner and is so stylish and it's 2 mm slimmer too! oooh! it has 40 Megapixel camera! ooooh it has bigger screen!)

    Also, buying the price of car for any phone is, IMHO, insanity.
     
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  23. mirimir

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    Maybe, but I'd rather use a bag. Given the risk of losing the battery, breaking connectors, etc.
     
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    I would never go back to a so called dumb phone. You can get decent Android phones for under $200. At this point in time, I wouldn't spend more than $200 on a phone or PC.
     
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    tinfoil bag :p
     
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