Computer/Cell Phone/VCR/DVD (that's as advanced as I get,Granny in need of HELP

United States
January 6, 2007 9:19pm CST
Please, I know that there are some bright ones out there that can help me, even some 10-12 year olds. I have an LG camera phone that I just purchased a few months back - yep, that upped my contract with Alltel for yet another 2 years! I am endentured to Alltel. I don't have a digi-cam but want to be able to put pictures on my monitor. I do have a scanner; but without a digi-cam that can't be done. I went to Alltel, they told me I didn't need a cord-thing for my phone but for $$$ extra a month I could upload 30 pics directly to my computer. At first I thought this was a bad idea. Then I started checking out how much it is to buy the cord that I need and it is around $40.00. I figure in about 2 years I will need a new phone - this is how it has been for the past 6 years anyway. So, the question is, my dear friends, is buying the cord (which would be cheaper in the long run) worth the price or should I go with Alltel's monthly $$$ extra plan since I have no idea if the cord that I get now will even fit any phone of the future? I hope that I have made this easy enough for everyone to understand because frankly I don't understand a word of what I just wrote. Thank you so much to anyone and everyone who responds. I will be checking back, rating, trying to comment to each reply, and most certainly after a reasonable time amount, awarding the "Best" answer award. I think that's the least I can do for someone who is trying to help me. ~Donna
3 people like this
11 responses
@SplitZip (1490)
• Portugal
7 Jan 07
Hi granny! ;) I'm not american, so I don't know how that company's service works. But I can tell you what I do know about camera cell phones. To transfer the photos you've taken on your cell to a computer you generally have 3 options: 1. connect the phone to your computer through some kind of cable (it depends a lot on the type of phone and brand, some cables are cheap, some are more expensive). 2. if your cellphone has infrared capabilites and your computer has an infrared port as well, you can transfer data between the cell and the computer through this infrared port. 3. if you can send e-mails or MMS through your cellphone, just attach the images to the email/MMMS and send them to your own address. Then go to your computer and download/save the images. Hope this helps a little. I find it strange that a provider would charge you to "upload" images to your computer. Never heard of such a service here. Good luck!
3 people like this
• United States
7 Jan 07
I have become an extremely frugal shopper over the years and I am happy that I have arrive here but I am also becoming very frugal about my time. I have found that no matter how many claims that I hear about how if I purchase this or that product...'x' amt of time will be saved, or my quality of life will improve,I still never have time enough to accomplish everything I set out to do at the start of a day. So with that in mind, I would first ask myself do I take more than 30 pictures a month, next do I really want to take the time or do I really have the extra time to download those images. Now if you do take more than 30 pics, than Alltel is not an option, if however you do take less, than Alltel is looking really...really good. And not only would it offer convenience but it would save you a little bit of time...SS
2 people like this
• United States
18 Jan 07
I'd say you're doing great as far as "technical advances". As for what to tell u about the cord... not sure! See, already you're more advanced than me! lol
1 person likes this
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Would it not be cheaper to invest in a digital camera? I just got a digital camera for Christmas and I love it. I have not printed off any pictures or put them on the computer yet but I can take over 2000 pictures and it dont cost anything to put them on my computer. My husband has a camera phone and his pictures are not that great. My camera takes much better pictures. I got a free printer with my camera. I got a Canon digital camera, 3 memory cards, 2 packs of picture paper, camera bag, recharable batteries and charger and my husband said it was on sale at staples for less than $300. The camera came with all the cord to put my pictures directly onto my computer and to my picture printer. My daughter puts hers on the computer all the time with her canon digital camera. Just a thought. I agree with another comment though, If you really want to put the picturs on the computer, is it worth the cost? Will you be taking that many pictures? I try to be frugal and that sounds like a lot of money to me.
@glasser3 (354)
• Hibbing, Minnesota
8 Jan 07
well depending on how much the monthly charge is from alltell in comparison to the price of the cord id pick which would be cheaper. For instance is there a way you could just pay for it on the months you need it or is there anything cheaper with less pictures because if lets say you only want to upload 10 pictures instead of 30. DO they have a service that offers just that. or do they offer picture messaging and if so how much is that per picture because if thats not too much and you only want a limited number of pictures it might be cheaper to go that route too but most likely in the long run it would be cheaper to go with the cord and quite possibly if you buy another LG phone when you upgrade again then it might work. I hope this helps you.
1 person likes this
@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I wouldn't pay the extra monthly charge. It may seem like a good idea, but it may end up costing you more than how often you actually use the service.
1 person likes this
• India
7 Jan 07
You have a problem and the soultion is very simple. You want to upload your photos from LG camera phone on to your PC. For that you need to buy a data cable(easily available for every model). You can find it on the net also. Why you want to waste dollars monthly when you can do it on your own by one single investment. I think the data cable wont be more than $10 dollars. Another way to upload photos is using your scanner. But that can only scan physical things and u cannot take snap. I think you should by the appropriate data cable supporting your LG camera phone
@adnanmd2 (830)
7 Jan 07
If u type so much big matter.. I cant just understand.. My mind will go like dat.. plz type lil small paras..
1 person likes this
• India
7 Jan 07
1990s two high-density optical storage standards were being developed; one was the MultiMedia Compact Disc, backed by Philips and Sony, and the other was the Super Density disc, supported by Toshiba, Time-Warner, Matsushita Electric, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, Pioneer, Thomson, and JVC. IBM's president, Lou Gerstner, acting as a matchmaker, led an effort to unite the two camps behind a single standard, anticipating a repeat of the costly format war between VHS and Betamax in the 1980s. Philips and Sony abandoned their MultiMedia Compact Disc and fully agreed upon Toshiba's SuperDensity Disc with only one modification, namely EFMPlus. EFMPlus was chosen as it has a great resilience against disc damage such as scratches and fingerprints. EFMPlus, created by Kees Immink, who also designed EFM, is 6% less efficient than the Toshiba's code, which resulted in a capacity of 4.7 GB as opposed to the original 5 GB. The result was the DVD specification Version 1.5, announced in 1995 and finalized in September 1996[1]. In May 1997, the DVD Consortium was replaced by the DVD Forum, which is open to all other companies. "DVD" was originally an initialism for "Digital Video Disc." [citation needed] Some members of the DVD Forum believe that it should stand for "Digital Versatile Disc" to reflect its widespread use for non-video applications. Toshiba, which maintains the official DVD Forum site,[2] adheres to the latter interpretation, and indeed this appeared within the copyright warnings on some of the earliest examples. However, the DVD Forum never reached a consensus on the matter, and so today the official name of the format is simply "DVD"; the letters do not officially stand for anything.[
1 person likes this
• Philippines
7 Jan 07
hi!! you could buy an memory card reader for your digi-cam if you want, then just plug it in the USB por of your computer to transfer images directly into your computer, or you could also buy an infrared port if your phone has an infrared feature and bluetooth also, that could save you time..i guess...
1 person likes this
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
7 Jan 07
I would avoid paying the extra monthly fee that your cell phone company would be charging you as they are just looking to make more money. Does your phone have picture messaging on it? If you have that feature on your phone, you can send those pictures from your phone to your email address and download onto the computer without buying a cord or paying a monthly fee with your company. Depending on your plan, it may or may not cost you more if you have text and picture messaging options on your phone. If you buy a cord, chances are it will not fit the next phone that you get since the next phone may be totally different from the one you have now.