I Bought My First Smartphone

© 2017 Marsha Musselman All Rights Reserved
Midland, Michigan
June 18, 2017 7:03am CST
I bought my first smartphone recently which is about a year before I planned on doing so. When I bought my recent dumbphone I got it from a Sears in our mall and it went out of business in our area last year or the year before. Within six months the back-light seemed to die and I wasn't able to use it for a few hours. Eventually, my alarm went off and woke the phone up making it usable again. (I don't think it was going into sleep mode as it wasn't accessible no matter what I tried, it was just that when the alarm rang it was as if my phone was raised from the dead). I've had that phone for three years now, and it's gone black three times. The most recent time was a couple of weeks ago. My one worker overslept and thankfully I'd already sent him the address where we were working. He, or at least I think all the texts I received were from him, sent me several texts which didn't wake the thing up. It wasn't until he actually called my number that the phone woke up and I was able to use it again. All my numbers are stored there. I do have several on my home phone, but I have no way to access them when away from the house. I decided it was time for a different phone. Our store was having a special that week so my husband and I went shopping and each bought the same phones. They are still pre-paid phone plans and we'll be paying the minimum due for a basic plan. They will have data, but barely any at all and it will be slow. For the discount we needed to purchase a $50.00 internet card for the first month and then we got 20% off each phone. We opted for almost the cheapest ones we sell for a Verizon plan and paid just under twenty-five dollars each. We can upgrade later on when I get all our bills paid off and maybe have a normal plan. I tried to write my discussion done yesterday from my new smartphone. In fact, I did write it in that manner, but I had to do some major editing once I returned home from work. It's an Android phone and like my tablet when I'm typing words it tries to guess where I'm going. On my tablet I can click on the correct word and keep typing away, but on the smartphone when I use the words that come up it provides a period after the word and then begins a new sentence. Because I can't see the writing screen while the keyboard is up, it was difficult to make changes as I went, so that's why I opted to wait until I was on my desktop before making it right. Originally, in the discussion I explained why all the typing mistakes and a few comments were related to that. This is what I said then: (I'll have to finish this at home as I am on my new smartphone. Are any of you able to post a discussion using a smartphone, or do you mainly just do comments on them or maybe only like posts? When I type, the dialog box disappears to allow me to view the whole keyboard. I've discovered how to check it from time to time, but I can't see it as I type. Whenever I opt to use one of the phone's suggested words, it thinks it's the end of the sentence and will not let me remove the period it puts in. So it makes for choppy writing that doesn't make a lot of sense.) Okay, I'm home now and can make this right.
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19 responses
@paigea (21397)
• Canada
18 Jun
I always post a discussion from my phone as it is easier to add the photo. Mostly I read and respond on my laptop. Our plan includes a small amount of data so we keep it turned off so as not to go over. I know where all the free wifi is about town.
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• Midland, Michigan
18 Jun
When you write your discussions I'd think the area we write in is hidden from your view like it was for me unless you have a larger faced smartphone? Mine is about 2.5 x 5 inches.
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@paigea (21397)
• Canada
18 Jun
@MarshaMusselman I can move the page so I see what I am typing. I see what I am typing now. If I choose the word my phone predicts. It does not add a period.
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• Midland, Michigan
25 Jun
@paigea I'll probably upgrade to a larger phone next summer maybe and that way I'd have enough room on the face of the phone to see what I'm typing. For now, I'll probably limit my time mylotting while only having my phone available.
@BelleStarr (34903)
• Portland, Connecticut
18 Jun
QVC had an amazing plan the other day for a Smart flip Trac phone, I would check it out if I was you, you get triple everything. I have Verizon with my iPhone but I use my data all the time. I think you will get to the [point where you really enjoy having a smart phone.
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• Midland, Michigan
18 Jun
I know and knew I'd enjoy them, my problem is being sure I can afford them. But this plan is only thirty per month. I'm making my husband wait until his minutes are used up with the dumbphone before he switches over. We were paying thirty every other month for each of ours, so the money may be tighter this coming winter unless I get further ahead this year than we've ever been before.
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@BelleStarr (34903)
• Portland, Connecticut
18 Jun
@MarshaMusselman The one on QVC was I think $99 and included the phone and they said most people have enough minutes and texts and data to last a year, it is worth checking out.
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@DaddyEvil (22832)
• Aurora, Missouri
22 Jun
@BelleStarr On Tracfone a $99 card give you 400 minutes of talk time. If you buy a smart phone with that card, you will get 1200 minutes of talk time. Texts always cost you 1/3 of a talk minute to send or receive a text message. On a smart phone, you get 1/2 of a GB on that plan. I use 200 minutes a month talk time, 2000+ texts a month and between 1/2 and 1 GB of data in a month. Tracfone is made for a person who uses less than 200 minutes total in a 30 day period. Usually, people who purchase that plan are the elderly who are being forced to have a cell phone by their kids. They rarely if ever use the phone at all.
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• United States
18 Jun
So nice a new phone Marsha. I wish I had one, but I manage fine with what I have. Hope it is doing fine for you.
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• Midland, Michigan
18 Jun
It's fine thus far. I don't need a lot and am happy without having data which means that to be online I need to be in areas with wifi service that is free. I may still try to mylot a bit with it, but will probably steer clear of writing discussions with it until I get better at it at least. If and when you write any new discussions, maybe you could mention me either in the post itself or a comment so I can check it out. Otherwise, I'm sure I'd miss it most times. How long do you usually leave them up and do you write on a somewhat regular basis, or has it been a while?
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• United States
18 Jun
@MarshaMusselman Its okay I ain't worried about getting responses to discussions..I get a few thats enough no worries but thanks my friend.
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@DaddyEvil (22832)
• Aurora, Missouri
22 Jun
@TiarasOceanView I have been wondering the same thing, Tiara. (I started to ask you via pm's, but I guess something is wrong. I can't access your pm's.) I never seem to catch you when you have a discussion up.
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@simone10 (22232)
• Louisville, Kentucky
18 Jun
Congrats on the new phone! I understand the frustration with the auto correct. I have it on my tablet and it does the same thing your phone does. I frustrates me to no end.
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• Midland, Michigan
18 Jun
My tablet doesn't do the auto correct, so I'd not had experience with it before. I never understood why people didn't correct or edit their message before sending before, but every time I fix it it will revert back to what it had originally. I'd imagine eventually it might be easier to just put the individual words that are correct later in a second message. My daughter did give me some pointers, whether I'll remember them all is another thing. I consider myself computer savvy, so I can usually figure things out, but maybe this will be an area where it will take me longer to learn than other computer things.
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• Midland, Michigan
22 Jun
@DaddyEvil I will do that now that I know how.
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@DaddyEvil (22832)
• Aurora, Missouri
23 Jun
@rebelann (35744)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Jun
I use Straighttalk via Walmart and only pay $49 a month for unlimited everything, I've learned a lot about my phone but the guy who really knows a lot about Androids would be @daddyevil , it's what he does. Have you gone through his discussions? He's written several about Androids and it helped me a lot.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Jun
I did read them previously, although at that time I wasn't planning on getting a different phone for a long time.
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@rebelann (35744)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Jun
Maybe you can search through his discussions to find the tutorials he wrote @MarshaMusselman
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@andriaperry (38702)
• United States
18 Jun
I need a smart phone but I am afraid it will bust my monthly budget.
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@LadyDuck (131121)
• Switzerland
18 Jun
I am glad you have a smartphone. I still use my dumb phone and a computer to write here. I bought a tablet, but I do not like at all the way you work with a tablet.
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@responsiveme (14290)
• India
18 Jun
Welcome to the club.I don't do discussions on the phone, only responses
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• United States
18 Jun
I have a smartphone but don't myLot on it. I still stick to the desktop but maybe one day I'll switch over.
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@celticeagle (115494)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Jun
Funny to hear about a phone you have to wake up. I always make sure I have a hard copy of all passwords and numbers just in case such things happen. I would like to get a cell and am in the process of deciding which plan I can afford. I would want texting, calling and internet. But the right amount for me for the month and affordable.
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@DaddyEvil (22832)
• Aurora, Missouri
22 Jun
If you would like, I can tell you about the different plans and coverage in your area, celticeagle. You are welcome to pm me, if I can be of any help to you. I use Total Wireless from Walmart. I pay $35 every 30 days and have unlimited calls and texts with 6 GB of high speed data. When I have used up the 6 GB of data, then I am done with internet until I put another $35 card on my phone. OR, there is a $10 card that will add 3 GB of high speed data and rolls over until you've used it up. (I actually use less than 1 GB of data through the towers in a 30 day period, but I use 6 to 7 GB of data through my home Wi-Fi network on my phone.)
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@celticeagle (115494)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Jun
@DaddyEvil .......Might do so. Thanks.
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@DaddyEvil (22832)
• Aurora, Missouri
23 Jun
@celticeagle You are always welcome!
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@PainsOnSlate (19771)
• Canada
18 Jun
I am looking for a cell phone and was thinking of the smart phone, all my kids have that one.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Jun
You can get ones with a new service where the phones are about $600.00 or so but it seems less when paid monthly. We got one we paid for outright which works better for us.
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@CRK109 (14290)
• United States
19 Jun
I don't even try to post from my smartphone. The window is too small for me to do something like this. And I prefer the keyboard on my laptop. But when I'm away from home, I love having that smartphone. It saves my life when I'm waiting and waiting for my ride to arrive!
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@BettyB (4263)
• Summerville, South Carolina
19 Jun
I thought about trying it, but I rarely log onto MyLot when I'm not at home. I would rather sit comfortably at my desktop when surfing through MyLot or writing posts.
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@just4him (99708)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jun
Smart phones seem like a lot of bother. I have an old fashioned flip phone - no Internet - talk and text only. It's all I need.
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@sublime03 (1811)
• Philippines
19 Jun
Congrats with your new phone! I just upgraded to two notches higher than my old phone not so long ago. I chose mine because my old iphone was getting weird and it was old anyways. So now I am still with an iphone because its way easier for me than having to figure out an android. I think you just have to tinker around with it and figure out the phone before usig it again to post. I'm pretty sure its just the 'new phone and I'm figuring out' phase for you.
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@DianneN (66480)
• United States
19 Jun
Lol! I have a smartphone, but prefer my iPad only because it's larger. My phone does everything, including myLot.
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@DaddyEvil (22832)
• Aurora, Missouri
22 Jun
I am guessing you are using one of the ZTE phones with Tracfone, Marsha? Maybe the ZTE Whirl or the ZTE Citrine? (Both of those have smaller screens. The Whirl has a 3.5 inch screen and the Citrine has a 4 inch screen. Neither are large enough to let you see the comment box on myLot while typing into it.) If you need help with your phone, just pm me and I will gladly help you, if I can. I am glad to know you have moved up in the world, Marsha. Yes, I can write discussions/responses/comments on my phone and still see the comment boxes as I type. But I own a ZTE Max Duo. It is in the Phablet class. The screen size is 6 inches.
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• Midland, Michigan
22 Jun
No, mine is a Verizon phone, purchased. Where I work. I can look up the name later.
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@DaddyEvil (22832)
• Aurora, Missouri
23 Jun
@MarshaMusselman Okay, thank you!
@PatZAnthony (11971)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
11 Jul
These can be a little fussy, especially with the period being placed where you don't want it. You will get used to it soon enough!
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• Midland, Michigan
13 Jul
The period thing doesn't happen as much as it did before, but still once in a while. I go with it. What I'm not used to is checking first to make sure it didn't change some of my words. It doesn't do it as much as it does for some people, but it does adjust a few simple words sometimes and other times it guesses what i want to say.
18 Jun
That's great... Enjoy it!
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