Posted 16 November 2017 - 09:17 AM
Raymac's thread was interesting enough to read all the way to the end.
Thought I might append a humble question of a similar nature here in this
I just had my first ever smart phone experience. With Consumer Cellular.
Which we like very, very much, BTW (CC). Bottom line is I briefly had an
Alcatel Kora, a low end unit, for all of a half hour or so before I decided
I needed to put it back in the box and return it to CC for a refund. No
issues with CC. No issues with Alcatel, and I'm sure the phone they sent
was brand new and functional. I got on our phone and had a long chat with
a CC rep and she is emailing me a prepaid return label to ship it back.
Soooooo... why on earth, you are probably wondering, would I do such a
thing like that? Well...
When I learned the device is Google-infested and I would have to enter into
an agreement with Google to get control of the OS and apps, that was the
end of it. Ain't gonna happen- even if I never own a smart phone ever. She
told me that I-phones wouldn't have the Google baggage. Whatever. I'd
also not want to do any business with Apple if at all possible. Snooty, over-
priced- I've never really thought much of Apple. Closed hardware ecosystem,
etc. What a pile of hooey... Anti-competitive...
Well, guys, have I just drawn a Venn diagram describing the 'empty set'?
The universe of smart phones that aren't made by apple or infested with
Google? Inquiring minds want to know- which is why I posted this dumb
BTW on a much more positive note, CC recently doubled my wifi hot spot
hours from 500M/month to 1G/month at zero added cost. Yay! I'm just
finding more and more to like about that company. My wifi hot spot device
has been a very good answer to my low BW connectivity needs from Casa
David. Meanwhile, Betty's on a Comcast pipe which is plenty fast enough
for our needs, and no hassles about BW limits for us... BTW my ZTE hot
spot is 4G, I believe. Anyway, it's plenty fast for my casual internet browsing
and emailing, even if it's a photo-intensive session. Not as fast as fiber and
cable, of course, but fast enough, just the same...
CC makes it pretty easy to watch your connect hours/BW build over the
month. I have never gone over so far.
I've been able to live without a smart phone for years. It won't kill me to
learn I can't get one on my terms. I wouldn't trust Google with change from
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