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Seth King
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« on: February 05, 2012, 05:39:52 PM »

Considering switching to a smart phone but they seem so expensive. Who's got one and are they really worth it?
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 06:19:15 PM »

Considering switching to a smart phone but they seem so expensive. Who's got one and are they really worth it?
Since I'm younger most of the kids I know have one. If you want internet on the run then that's the only real practical advantage. Extremely easy for the government to get info off of it, even easier to GPS track it.
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2012, 06:52:55 PM »

I prefer burn phones.  The cheap ones with no plan and prepaid time cards. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2012, 08:41:51 PM »

I have had a smart phone for about 4 months now. Having all of that information available everywhere I go would be very hard to give up at this point.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2012, 08:54:38 PM »

I have had a smart phone for about 4 months now. Having all of that information available everywhere I go would be very hard to give up at this point.

So, you're saying it's worth the money?
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2012, 09:46:45 PM »

I haven't done it yet. My impression is that it's still pretty expensive, but I could be wrong. Do you know how much it would cost you? (monthly service, that is)
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2012, 10:09:00 PM »

Its a minimum $30. per month for internet, $5. for text messaging. On top of that we have a family plan of $75 per month that we share 1400 minutes per month for 3 phones. My phone cost $168. So far it has been worth it for me.
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2012, 11:06:03 PM »

I was thinking of getting a straight talk smart phone, only so I could have bitcoin on the go, unless I can't convince any of my local haunts to accept bitcoin.
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2012, 12:09:51 AM »

I was thinking of getting a straight talk smart phone, only so I could have bitcoin on the go, unless I can't convince any of my local haunts to accept bitcoin.

This is one of the major reasons pushing me to get a smart phone. It's kind of hard to go to local businesses and push Bitcoin when I don't even have an immediate way of PAYING with Bitcoin. There's no way I'm going to be able to sell the idea that I'll pay them when I get home, ha!
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2012, 12:15:29 AM »

I guess it depends on what kind of financial shape you are in, and also what computing devices you already have. If you own a laptop or netbook, then a smartphone seems less important. If you have a desktop, then maybe it would be more worthwhile.

If you have a netbook, you could use the 4G card for your internet, which you could use at home and around town. It would allow you to pay with BTC as well. Also, you only have one internet expense that way, instead of having home + phone.
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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2012, 02:13:27 AM »

I prefer burn phones.  The cheap ones with no plan and prepaid time cards. 

I like this idea. 

Can you text with those?  How economical is it? 
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2012, 06:24:10 AM »

I prefer burn phones.  The cheap ones with no plan and prepaid time cards.  

I like this idea.  

Can you text with those?  How economical is it?  

You can text with them.  Mine can take pictures and supposedly go to websites.  

It is the cheapest way to get a cell phone that I have seen.  I pay $100 for a year.  

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/prepay/prepayOverlay.jsp?page=dailyPrepayOverlay
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2012, 08:30:28 AM »

I was thinking of getting a straight talk smart phone, only so I could have bitcoin on the go, unless I can't convince any of my local haunts to accept bitcoin.

This is one of the major reasons pushing me to get a smart phone. It's kind of hard to go to local businesses and push Bitcoin when I don't even have an immediate way of PAYING with Bitcoin. There's no way I'm going to be able to sell the idea that I'll pay them when I get home, ha!

If that's a big reason, you could always just get one of the new iPod touch's.
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2012, 12:20:29 PM »

I was thinking of getting a straight talk smart phone, only so I could have bitcoin on the go, unless I can't convince any of my local haunts to accept bitcoin.

This is one of the major reasons pushing me to get a smart phone. It's kind of hard to go to local businesses and push Bitcoin when I don't even have an immediate way of PAYING with Bitcoin. There's no way I'm going to be able to sell the idea that I'll pay them when I get home, ha!

If that's a big reason, you could always just get one of the new iPod touch's.

What's an iPod Touch?
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2012, 04:36:09 PM »

What's an iPod Touch?
An ipod that can surf the internet and you can mod it to use as a phone actually. There's no 3g though.
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