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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 8:24 a.m. PST


Maybe I'll get the latest model in 5 years when they're giving it away, and the iPhone 22 is selling for $3,500. USD

genew49 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 8:34 a.m. PST


Vigilant13 Sep 2017 8:49 a.m. PST

Still got an old fashioned dumb phone. Makes and receives calls, sends and receives texts that's all. I have a camera to take pictures and a computer to go online, a phone should be a phone.

Don Manser13 Sep 2017 9:00 a.m. PST


Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

I love my flip phone!!

Russ Dunaway

TMPWargamerabbit13 Sep 2017 9:22 a.m. PST

Nope. Wonder what the insurance plan for losing your "computer" is going to cost.

coopman13 Sep 2017 9:35 a.m. PST

No. My flip phone is still working fine. I still don't know how to send a text message!

athun2513 Sep 2017 9:36 a.m. PST

Flip phone user here too. I can drop it over and over and the damn thing still works!

WarWizard13 Sep 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

I have an iPhone 7 – provided free by my employer. Otherwise I would still have a flip phone.

USAFpilot13 Sep 2017 9:59 a.m. PST

No. I hate spending money on new tech items, because in a few years they become old tech and end up in a box in the basement full of other obsolete tech junk.

A miniature figure, a book, a painting; lasts your entire lifetime.

The Beast Rampant13 Sep 2017 10:06 a.m. PST

Flip phones are cooler. You can't add a dramatic David Caruso-esque flourish to answering an I-Phone.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 10:24 a.m. PST

Let see made by Apple. Heck No!!!

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 10:34 a.m. PST

I wish, I'll be getting the IPhone 8. I like technology I got tired of carrying several devices instead of one that does everything its called progress.

dBerczerk13 Sep 2017 10:35 a.m. PST

Anyone still have a land-line at home?

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 10:39 a.m. PST

No way, but there are plenty of folks who will I bet.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 10:41 a.m. PST

Only the fan boys are into this phone which is playing catchup to Samsung. So no, but if someone gives me one I will accept it. grin

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member13 Sep 2017 10:48 a.m. PST

Nope. Still using my old flippy, and I only reluctantly bought that (in 2008). I've decided one of my life's goals is to prove that there is indeed life without and beyond a smart phone.

If you didn't grow up with one, it's easy to see it as an unnecessary luxury item, even tho' the world is pushing back against this notion, wanting to make us all addicted to and dependent on gadgets like these.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

Nope. I use whatever work buys for me to carry.

Oberlindes Sol LIC13 Sep 2017 10:59 a.m. PST

Short answer: No.

I always wanted a phone that worked like a Star Trek OS communicator. The flip phone was close. I never did get a communicator ring tone for mine. Now I need a hand computer* for work, specifically GPS/mapping functionality, the internet, and email.

I have an iPhone4. The screen is a little small. My daughter is going to give me her iPhone6 when she upgrades. She uses hers for business, too, but her business has her in field and making appointments much more than mine does.

*Yes, that's a Traveller reference.

jdpintex13 Sep 2017 11:19 a.m. PST

Not unless my work provides one and demands that I carry it. No way would I spend that for a phone. Sheesh

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 11:43 a.m. PST


vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 11:46 a.m. PST

What's an iPhone?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 12:09 p.m. PST


Anyone still have a land-line at home?

Yep. Redundancy is important.

Been programming computers for over 40 years now. I like to think I have a good handle on technology and how it interfaces with what I want. Got some older technologies I use daily. Got some cutting edge stuff.

I always wanted a phone that worked like a Star Trek OS communicator.

ERROR - no url for link, but this is a Bluetooth device that connects to your actual phone letting you operate the phone through the ST:TOS modality. I built one like this about 5 or six years ago, but their is nicer.

Ottoathome Inactive Member13 Sep 2017 12:12 p.m. PST

Yup, Got a land line, will always have one.

Don't have a cell phone.

arthur181513 Sep 2017 12:47 p.m. PST


Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 1:06 p.m. PST

Apple? The company that gives you what it decides you want, rather than giving you what you really want?

Hell no!

basileus66 Inactive Member13 Sep 2017 1:07 p.m. PST

1000 USD is about 900 euros. I can buy a lot of miniatures with the cost of one Iphone.

Allen5713 Sep 2017 1:32 p.m. PST

Never owned one. Wife has one. Don't think I am buying one.

In some post I read the author said he gave up on PC gaming many years ago because of the constant need to upgrade for the games that came out. T ongoing upgrade to newer iPhones strikes me the same way.

The Beast Rampant13 Sep 2017 2:01 p.m. PST

Yep. Redundancy is important.

Damn skippy.

Mine still comes in quite handy. Besides, ours is ridiculously cheap.

Volleyfire13 Sep 2017 2:38 p.m. PST

No, Samsung all the way for me. Had an iphone a while back, hated it with a vengeance.Never been so glad to see an upgrade when one finally came along and I could switch to Samsung.

coopman13 Sep 2017 3:31 p.m. PST

Still have a land line at home? YES! My wife refuses to get rid of the darn thing.

PrivateSnafu13 Sep 2017 3:54 p.m. PST

Heck no. I just spent 2 years paying off the iphone6's my wife and I have. The touch ID doesn't work very good in my opinion and I don't believe the facial recognition will be any better. Retailers have been terribly slow to adopt iPay and when they do it isn't very reliable. They haven't delivered very well on the promises of those technologies why would I want to adopt yet again some half baked upgrade for a GRAND!?

14Bore13 Sep 2017 4:36 p.m. PST

No, imagine the figures I could get for 1G

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 5:39 p.m. PST

14Bore is exactly right. Priorities people, priorities.

Syrinx013 Sep 2017 6:41 p.m. PST

I prefer the android OS at this point so I won't be switching to an Iphone. I could not survive without my smartphone for work. I don't upgrade often though and work pays for it so cost has not been a factor so far. If I was retired I am not sure I would need one.

DOUGKL13 Sep 2017 7:13 p.m. PST

Have a land line . I also have a flip phone that is for emergencies like calling a tow truck after I blew a head gasket.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:32 p.m. PST

We maintain a land line AND mobile phones for all but my youngest (he is petitioning). As for me I use whatever my employer issues to me currently an Iphone6.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:45 p.m. PST

Still have a land line and use the flip phone only for emergencies. Never texted – seems like a retro move back to telegraph days??? 🤔

Russ Dunaway

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 10:48 p.m. PST

Wow! Am I the only person on TMP that's going to get one?

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 4:58 a.m. PST

Like Russ, nearly.

Never would spend 1000 on a phone!!! Missus has Chinese thing that does nearly all nicely, bought maybe 100 in Moscow. Enough.

steamingdave4714 Sep 2017 5:39 a.m. PST

In UK, retail price will be over £1,000.00 GBP, so no way! I use a Windows phone, £100.00 GBP, no contract, great camera and it actually works for at least two days without needing to be stuck on a charger- unlike my old iPhone which needed a boost every 12 hours or so, even If I hadn't made a call.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

Never texted seems like a retro move back to telegraph days?

Nah. Point to point service instead of requiring sender/receiver to go to a specific location. Most people don't have pay-per-message anymore, either.

It has its uses. Those uses (for an individual) may or may not be worth the cost (to an individual).

Garand14 Sep 2017 9:50 a.m. PST

It has its uses. Those uses (for an individual) may or may not be worth the cost (to an individual).

Texting is great if you do not require or need an immediate response…

I still have a landline. I used to do tech support for Blackberries & Androids (as well as Windows Mobile, back in the day!), so understand the uses & limitations of mobile services.

I am not buying an iPhone. I'm an Android user, & pretty dedicated as one too. I'm also not interested in paying Apple's boutique pricing plans.

As for smartphones, I never grew up with one, (did not exist when I was a kid), but I find them immensely useful, for a vast variety of reasons. It always feels like threads like this here are a race for the bottom… "Flip-phones? Pshaw! I still use smoke signals the way God intended it!"

Damon :)

Sergeant Paper14 Sep 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

Nope. I use the phone they gave me at work, but wish it were still supported by Android (Motorola Nexus 6).

dBerczerk15 Sep 2017 7:36 a.m. PST

Well, I feel better now -- was beginning to think I was the only one who still maintained a land-line.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Sep 2017 8:16 a.m. PST

I got a new phone at work.

They told us they were rescuing us from our "aging BlackBerries" and upgrading us to a "new, more capable Apple product". All we had to do was get the phone, switch the number, and download the free secure integrated mail/calendar/web app. That app is called "Good". It is made by BlackBerry.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member16 Sep 2017 11:47 a.m. PST

What's the point, other than conspicuous consumption? At the usual $20 USD per month rate, by the time it's paid off,we'll have brain implants:


and/or OCtattoos:


In another 10-20 years, the idea of lugging a "device" around with you will seem laughable.

Of course, we'll also be worrying about "brain hackers".

Chuckaroobob16 Sep 2017 3:38 p.m. PST

Still have a flip phone, and a land line too.

Walking Sailor16 Sep 2017 6:03 p.m. PST

1. Flip phone. It goes where I go.
2. Land line. I can pick up the land line, dial 911, let it ring two times, and they will come. Try doing that when a hurricane or blizzard takes out your cell tower.
Knowing how to text is useful when voice calling doesn't work. When that tower gets overloaded with voice traffic, texting can usually still get through.

Bill N24 Nov 2017 6:44 p.m. PST

I don't want a smart phone. Never have, and don't see the point of it. I have an old cell phone that I can use if I need to talk with anyone. For anything else I can get by with either my laptop or iPad. I chose to buy a bigger laptop so I would have a bigger screen. Texting does not seem to be an improvement over voice mail and comes with a data plan bill.

My family is of course convinced I am a Luddite. They don't believe me when I say what I have meets my needs better, and they do not see the irony in ant statement that starts "once you adjust…." The holidays in my house are frequently an excuse for "Dad improvement", and it is looking like this year they will try to stick me with an iPhone. So for those who have made the leap from the 1990s to 2017 any advice on how to make it as easy and painless as possible.

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