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Old 06-14-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Cell Phones

Hi all. Well, things may change in the near future for me and it may necessitate a cell phone. That's right: Irony: He who least desires a cell phone may need to get one out of necessity after all. Well, I'm going to hold off on it as long as possible. (Would rather get new computer and make my sith costume first!)

Here is what I am looking for.

MUST HAVES:
Be unlocked obviously I want to be able to switch services and keep a phone I might like. Access to BIOS settings, deep OS files. Be able to enable and disable onboard hardware manually. Be able to enable and disable GPS.

Ability to customize its wallpaper and ringtones. Personal touch and let's face it, assigning differing ring tones to those dreaded douchenozzlescontacts we loathe speaking to is essential.

Calendar, appointments, notifications, and itinerary--pretty much comes standard on any cell phone, doesn't it?

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Some NICE TO HAVE features:

Video player

MP3 player

Camera both still and/or motion. It's so nice to capture evidence. And there is fun in blackmailing people I can convince to get drunk and then talk them into doing stupid things. Worked for Ric Flair, didn't it?

Ability to download embedded videos that may not have a download button. Sorry if I'm behind the times: Does this function already exist on a desktop? I've only seen it on a buddy's T-mobile samsung phone.

Versatility combination of touch screen and qwerty keyboard

Attachable credit card scanner ...thing. Just thinking it'd be kind of nice to be able to expand business to credit cards for clients, which pretty much implies online browsing and text.

Possibly be able to use certain programs I'd normally use on a PC. (For example, say I wish to download a 555 timer program for circuit prototyping.)

Curiosity:
What's all the hype about for bluetooth?

Caveats:
Avoid Android if possible. I'm sure Android's OS is good, but I'm not really one to jump on bandwagons and such. It's too much hassle for me. Don't really want to connect my existing gmail account to mobile and am not all that thrilled about creating another account there for this purpose. Much of it having to do with what a bad combination it'd be doing business essentially online through the phone and social networking. If you think I'm talking out of my ass, go ask Kim Komando what she thinks about the combination of online banking and social networking.

spoiler:
She's the one who told me in the first place!


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Old 06-15-2012, 12:58 AM   #2
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Hmm....only finally broke down and got a cell a few years ago, but VERY basic. Have never really wanted one, but the landline wasn't cutting it for biz purposes. Didn't even bother to set up voice mail.


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Old 06-15-2012, 09:52 AM   #3
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I would've suggested an iPhone (since you're avoiding Android) however it's probably not as open as you'd like given your preferences under 'Must Haves'.

Have you thought about a Windows phone?

The link (above) shows a few phones from different networks and allows some comparisons between the models.


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Old 06-15-2012, 09:53 PM   #4
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Maybe, but I'm pretty sure Microsoft doesn't want you poking around in the BIOS, nor disabling things.


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Old 09-03-2012, 02:17 PM   #5
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I like android for its customization and openness (is that even a word), and iphone for its quality....but for what you are asking go with android. I am most likely get one or the iphone 5 this month. I have more pros and cons for both if you wnat to hear them
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:37 AM   #6
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Too late. I made my choice. Huawei Pillar. Cricket Mobile.

Not too bad. No GPS, customizable with whatever I like. Added bonus, it can do internet and it was meant for texting, BUT, I hardly text for one and for the other it cannot browse fast and it's basically using a micro window to every webpage I go to cuz I have to drag it around and look at scrunched text. What's more is the directions/connections of one frame to the next get tedious on top of being slow. So I don't really use internet function at all.

I promise myself that I'll use my credit card to buy something online through my phone just "because I can", but so far I don't have the patience for 65k-esque speeds anymore on top of DSL-esque inconsistent connection coverage.

So obviously I bit the bullet and went with monthly prepaid. It does what I need it to, which is take calls and messages. And I play a snarky jerky boys voicemail greeting as you might expect.


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Where you already on Cricket cause if so you are really missing out on the pure speed, that you would get from major phone networks.
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