Does everything have to be a phone now? 17 replies

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Zedo Mann

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#1 8 years ago

Everybody is making Phones anymore instead of non-Phone devices. Phones mean we have to pay for a monthly plan just to use what these devices offer, and if you have multiple ones you might even have multiple networks.

  • Apple is pretty much not even updating their iPod Touch anymore, but have just released the iPhone 4 (unless I'm missing something about how Apple does things). This will replace one strain of their iPod.
  • Microsoft is working on their Windows Phone 7 (or Zune Phone), which will probably replace their Zune for the most part.

If these big companies do this then most of the smaller companies will probably follow. I just don't want everything to be phones which you have to pay a monthly fee just to use. I want one Phone and all these other devices to be one-time payments (when you buy it).

So yeah, that's my thoughts on handheld technology now.




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#2 8 years ago

I'm guessing the thought it why buy an iPod and an iPhone when you can buy one that does both services? Most people want music, and they need a phone. Makes natural sense to combine the two into one device.




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#3 8 years ago

I don't pay a monthly contract and I use a phone. It's almost as if I purchased one at a store.




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#4 8 years ago

Well, in the U.S., if you don't pay every month then you don't get to keep the same number. Also, you pay triple for the phones if you don't have a contract (no exageration).

There are a few exceptions for the phone number, Tracfone's only have to have money added every three months. Although you only get 15 minutes a month that way. You still pay triple for the phone, or you get a $10 disposable phone.

Given that, its easier for most Americans to stay in a contract. Having a contract has another added benefit. If you miss a month or two, you don't loose your number. So when you get caught up, people can still contact you. ---------------------------------------------

@ Zedo; I think your jumping the gun a little bit. The "non-phone" market is still very strong. Except for the Zune's MP3 market...

The 3rd Gen iPod Touch does not need any updating, the device is already thinner than the 4G iPhone. A nearly useless camera would just add bulk.

The 3rd Gen iPod Touch 32GB & 64GB both can be updated with the new iPhone OS 4 firmware, and have 90% of the same features. Heck my 2nd Gen 8GB touch got a free update to the iPhone OS 4, so now I have folders, and a better spell checker. Don't have those nifty wallpapers though.




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#5 8 years ago

Wow, you people get arse-raped on services then.




Zedo Mann

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#6 8 years ago

Monster_user;5376910@ Zedo; I think your jumping the gun a little bit. The "non-phone" market is still very strong. Except for the Zune's MP3 market...[/QUOTE] I think it was mostly that PlayStation Phone News on FF that got me worked up. Perhaps I should save this rant for the future when everything is phones though. :rolleyes:

[QUOTE=Monster_user;5376910]Don't have those nifty wallpapers though.

Jailbreak it.




Kilobyte

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#7 8 years ago

Not worth the hassle. Jailbreak kits probably don't work on OS4 yet either, which means I will have to download the old OS3.

Nemmerle;5376921Wow, you people get arse-raped on services then.

So I keep hearing. A large part of it may be because American's are so spread out. Most carriers can't just target cities. They have to target the empty space between them.

$50 a month 400 minutes 400 text messages $30 Data Plan per phone Unlimted nights after 9:00PM Unlimited same carrier calls and messages. $80 a month

Plus $150 for a smart phone.

Tracfone. $20 = 60 minutes $40 = 200 minutes Phone $10 disposable. Coverage = lousy




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#8 8 years ago

Android smart phone, £15 a month for unlimited texts, 300 mins and unlimited internet.

Apple haven't been updating OSX recently as far as I can tell. I used to get a thing telling me a load of programs have been updated every week, now it's not even every month.

As for everything turning into a phone? Well, they're not really. You can still buy the iPod Classic, Nano, Shuffle and Touch; and there are plenty of other MP3 player makers out there (I've just never found any that can match the iPod Classic for storage). What's actually happening, is phones are becoming things they weren't originally. Such as MP3 players, mobile internet devices and 90% useless apps.

I like this, however. It means I don't have to buy a PDA type device to get on the internet on the move, which I don't do often, so such a device would be fairly useless day to day. It'd also mean having to carry around something else all day.




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#9 8 years ago

I personally like having a phone that does a bunch of things. Or more accurately, a bunch of other things in my phone. I'm being given my brother's "old" 3GS for my birthday, and I'm happy to have my music on it, as well as being able to check email, forum posts, etc. And being able to entertain myself for an hour or two in an airport or on a train with basic games when I don't have my Reader handy.




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#10 8 years ago

My iPhone pretty much does everything i could want. Phone, MP3 player, internet, GPS nav system (with apps), handheld gaming system, etc... The list goes on and on.

It makes sense to combine all that into one single device instead of having to carry around say a separate phone, another MP3 player, buying a separate nav system, and buying a handheld gaming system. Instead of having four different devices you can one that does everything thats much more convenient and easy to use.

Jailbreak it.

Agreed. Anybody with a iPhone that doesn't jailbreak it are crazy IMO. You can customize almost anything on your phone with Winterboard, i'm running a sweet Fallout 3 pip-boy style theme on mine right now. You can find almost any app, likely for free, from Cydia as well, and 90% of the time you can find a free app that does the same thing as a paid one from the App Store.




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