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  1. mtf1380's Avatar
    That would be great, dumb guy (me), on a dumb phone! I'd never find home again ":^)
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    04-10-2017 09:56 AM
  2. Jordan_Musser's Avatar
    I know, you think I've lost my mind. Hear me out - just for fun!

    I'm tired of Google and the likes interfering with my life.
    I'm tired of needing an app for everything.
    I'm tired of having to charge my phone every night.
    I'm tired of feeling I have to check my email every 5 minutes.
    I'm tired of phones getting bigger and bigger!

    With the move away from desktops, and mobile devices that can do most everything a desktop can (think SP4 which isn't difficult to carry where you need it), wouldn't it be nice to have the device you carry 24/7 just be for calls, texting, maybe weather, etc.? Just think how more enjoyable life could be.

    Need to do banking? How about doing it on your laptop when you get home.
    Want to surf the web? Your SP4 is the perfect choice (its in your backpack)
    Need to make an important phone call? Guess what? Your battery isn't nearly dead!

    Though I love this hobby, trying new features, arguing whether WM is dead, I long for a simpler way.

    Agree with me? Lets hear your thoughts.

    Disagree and think I'm nuts? That's OK, maybe you can recommend a good therapist.
    I agree 100%. I actually manage the wireless department for a fortune 10 company and i say it probably once a day "I wish I could just go back to a flip phone" The first cell phone i ever loved was the Motorola Startec and then the Motorola Razor. It was a great phone.

    I have 4 kids and i am constantly telling myself to put my smartphone away so that i can play with them or help them with their homework.

    I do yearn for a basic future
    04-10-2017 10:04 AM
  3. M_A_Adams's Avatar
    Not only can I go back to a dumbphone, but if Windows mobile goes away.... I will
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    04-10-2017 10:35 AM
  4. remmo's Avatar
    I tried that some months ago, then I had to carry a backpack with a Laptop, a Camera, a Map, a yellow-pages directory, a flashlight, a Nintendo 3DS, etc etc. So, no practical at all.
    However, I do know that the big problems we're facing today are the Social Networks. Remove Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram.. bla bla bla.. from you Smartphone, and you'll find yourself using it only for the necessary stuff.
    mtf1380, HeyCori and Chintan Gohel like this.
    04-10-2017 10:45 AM
  5. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    I know, you think I've lost my mind. Hear me out - just for fun!

    I'm tired of Google and the likes interfering with my life.
    I'm tired of needing an app for everything.
    I'm tired of having to charge my phone every night.
    I'm tired of feeling I have to check my email every 5 minutes.
    I'm tired of phones getting bigger and bigger!

    With the move away from desktops, and mobile devices that can do most everything a desktop can (think SP4 which isn't difficult to carry where you need it), wouldn't it be nice to have the device you carry 24/7 just be for calls, texting, maybe weather, etc.? Just think how more enjoyable life could be.

    Need to do banking? How about doing it on your laptop when you get home.
    Want to surf the web? Your SP4 is the perfect choice (its in your backpack)
    Need to make an important phone call? Guess what? Your battery isn't nearly dead!

    Though I love this hobby, trying new features, arguing whether WM is dead, I long for a simpler way.

    Agree with me? Lets hear your thoughts.

    Disagree and think I'm nuts? That's OK, maybe you can recommend a good therapist.
    I totally understand the sentiment and I don't think you need a therapist at all. I have seen numerous threads like this online and in many the OP will often be confronted for even suggesting the very idea of using a dumbphone etc. The reacton suggests it's almost as if they assume the OP has decided to become a complete Luddite and is about to call for a ban on Smartphones. There are quite a lot of people who are getting technology fatigue and it's always good to have a friendly discussion even if it's just to vent.

    This is why I'm glad I'm not into games. It's bad enough as it is with a smartphone, with games I'd probably end up with the thing glued to my head permanently I try to keep everything to a minimum on mine ie no email for instance and stuff that there is no need to be done right away, I keep strictly to my desktop. I mean do I really need an insurance app for something I do once every six months/year etc. Of course with a smartphone, just like the Borg, it's hard not to get sucked along and "assimilated" in general.
    04-10-2017 10:47 AM
  6. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    Give me a 3310 (2017) with 3G (4G would be nice though) and I'll switch back to a dumbphone.
    You know this phone interested me as a backup phone until the moment I read it was 2G only. This suggests to me that this is really just more of a PR device to create hype in the hope it will get their Android devices noticed.
    04-10-2017 10:50 AM
  7. sdreamer's Avatar
    I would just really love an updated Nokia N79. Put the newest camera in it, put a beefier processor, and maybe just throw in Android on it with a touchless interface (I want to use buttons again!), and I'd be good to go. Maybe throw some of that Supernova series flare on it. Oh man, that would be awesome.
    04-10-2017 10:55 AM
  8. ScubaDog's Avatar
    I've already planned that as my "exit strategy". If Windows 10 phones keep getting worse (or disappear altogether) I've already decided I'll just switch to a feature phone that has tethering capability. I almost always have my Surface Pro 3 with me, so if I need anything above texting/email I could just whip out the SP3 and get things done. Right now, I still rely on my Lumia 1020 because Windows Phone 8 is, for me, infinitely better and faster. As long is it still holds a charge, I'll continue using it. I continue testing the latest W10M builds on my waste-of-money Lumia 950, but it just continues to depress me.
    04-10-2017 11:27 AM
  9. negative1ne's Avatar
    i rarely use apps, and dont use the internet, or gps features on my windows 7.8 phone anyways.
    maybe i take 50 pictures in a year.

    basically, i text and make phone calls, and use the Zune music player.

    that what a phone is to me.

    so, yes, it would be easy to switch. i'm practically there.

    [ dad still uses a flip phone, brother uses a feature phone, and mom
    uses a 2 year old android phone... so everyone in the family uses a
    phone that just works for them ... no point in upgrading to anything
    current, or expensive]..

    i've spent $80 on 2 windows phone in the last 4 years.. 1 replacement
    LG optimus windows 7 phone off amazon for $40, and my previous
    phone of the same type which i still use as a music player

    later
    -1
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    04-10-2017 12:01 PM
  10. Keefy_B's Avatar
    I have been using a Nokia 216 for the last week to evaluates whether I need a smart phone all the time. So my Lumia 950 is on "tablet" duties on WiFi all the time. My Sim card is in the Nokia. I can do Facebook and Twitter through the very basic Opera browser. I can subscribe to the rss feeds from sites like this. The phone has had no glitches what so ever. I am going to use it for at least a month. Even though 2g the web pages download quite quick as they are heavily compressed. I have dropped my tariff to 100MB as well. The wife is happy as I don't stay on my phone all evening. In replying to this I did use my "tablet" ๐Ÿ˜€
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    04-10-2017 12:10 PM
  11. Lych's Avatar
    Used a dumb phone when on a business trip (that was the device I rented so my colleagues could call me). The only thing I really missed from that was a better camera, and that's about all.
    If there was a compelling enough "dumb" smartphone out there I guess I could get by on it. Don't think I'd miss much else aside from telegram maybe.
    Oh and the old phones had stellar battery lives compared to what we have now. For all the advances smartphones and constant internet have brought us, I still miss the simple days.
    Laura Knotek and HeyCori like this.
    04-10-2017 12:13 PM
  12. lilducks53's Avatar
    Oh my goodness - I had to laugh so hard reading through this thread! I sometimes would like to go back to my old "dumb" flip phone from 10 years ago.
    HeyCori likes this.
    04-10-2017 02:11 PM
  13. anon(6038817)'s Avatar
    I've actually tried going back to using a dumbphone on more than one occasion, most recently, a Samsung Gravity TXT with slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

    You may be shocked to learn that the world didn't end and it was actually a refreshing, enlightening experience. I was forced to actually observe and connect with the world around me and the people in it.

    The challenge I ran into was that, at a bare minimum, I wanted to be able to make phone calls and send texts. And unfortunately, most (if not all) dumbphones do not support group SMS, only broadcast SMS. Meaning you cannot have a conversation via text with more than one person at a time. Lack of group SMS capability is, unfortunately, is the one deal-breaker for me when it comes to dumbphones, because there are times when it is absolutely essential that I have a text conversation with 2+ people at the same time.

    But everything else I can absolutely accomplish on a tablet, laptop, or desktop.
    libra89 likes this.
    04-10-2017 02:25 PM
  14. editguy's Avatar
    Leroy Jethro Gibbs never left his dumb phone (NCIS reference).
    I could easily go back to a dumb phone and I find flip-phones appealing because there was never any butt-dialing. I don't care about apps and I mainly use my phone for calls and SMS. I rarely check Facebook when I'm out and about so I could go back to doing that on a tablet (less eye strain, too) while I watch TV.
    04-10-2017 02:33 PM
  15. TgeekB's Avatar
    I have been using a Nokia 216 for the last week to evaluates whether I need a smart phone all the time. So my Lumia 950 is on "tablet" duties on WiFi all the time. My Sim card is in the Nokia. I can do Facebook and Twitter through the very basic Opera browser. I can subscribe to the rss feeds from sites like this. The phone has had no glitches what so ever. I am going to use it for at least a month. Even though 2g the web pages download quite quick as they are heavily compressed. I have dropped my tariff to 100MB as well. The wife is happy as I don't stay on my phone all evening. In replying to this I did use my "tablet" ๐Ÿ˜€
    Are you outside the U.S. because I thought all the U.S. carriers dropped 2g?

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
    04-10-2017 03:55 PM
  16. TgeekB's Avatar
    Great responses everyone! Glad I'm not alone in my thinking.
    So if we were to design the perfect feature phone, what would it need?

    Me:
    First, it should make calls, text, and email. Therefore a keyboard would be nice (someone mentioned the BB Bold).
    Next it needs a battery that lasts several days or more.
    Of course clock with alarm, calendar, camera if you want.
    I would like a nice weather app as I find that important.
    4G
    Maybe a Cortana-like assistant.
    Map.

    Anything else?

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
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    04-10-2017 04:02 PM
  17. MicrosoftWinPho's Avatar
    Yeah I could definitely go back to a dumb phone quite easily. I treat my smart phone as a dumb phone as I permanently keep data switched off. I only text and call. I never got into the whole app craze as I didn't care about doing things on the go and I prefer gaming on a console such as my 3DS not a phone.
    04-10-2017 04:25 PM
  18. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    The only thing I really missed from that was a better camera, and that's about all
    Funny enough this is what has put me of many basic feature phones, is the lack of a reasonable camera as I like to have some sort of camera always with me just in case. I don't expect a smartphone quality camera, but come on VGA? That's prehistoric. I was expecting they'd at least have a 2MP minimum which they are starting to use finally (ie 3310 etc)
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    04-10-2017 04:26 PM
  19. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    Great responses everyone! Glad I'm not alone in my thinking.
    So if we were to design the perfect feature phone, what would it need?

    Me:
    First, it should make calls, text, and email. Therefore a keyboard would be nice (someone mentioned the BB Bold).
    Next it needs a battery that lasts several days or more.
    Of course clock with alarm, calendar, camera if you want.
    I would like a nice weather app as I find that important.
    4G
    Maybe a Cortana-like assistant.
    Map.

    Anything else?

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
    As long as it isn't a prehistoric VGA camera like many of them still seem to prefer. Give us 2-3 MP at least. No need need for anything fancy though.

    A Starbucks app (I'm kidding )

    You have to be careful adding features lest you end up with a Smartphone again lol
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    04-10-2017 04:32 PM
  20. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Leroy Jethro Gibbs never left his dumb phone (NCIS reference).
    I could easily go back to a dumb phone and I find flip-phones appealing because there was never any butt-dialing. I don't care about apps and I mainly use my phone for calls and SMS. I rarely check Facebook when I'm out and about so I could go back to doing that on a tablet (less eye strain, too) while I watch TV.
    There was one feature on flip phones that was taken away from us and there's no substitute. That satisfying feeling of slamming the clamshell shut when hanging up on someone in sheer, almost-homicidal anger.
    editguy likes this.
    04-10-2017 04:55 PM
  21. taynjack's Avatar
    I went back to a dumb phone after my first Galaxy phone. I loved it except for two things. The camera sucked big time and not having on-the-go mapping software. My perfect feature phone would be:

    Phone, Mtext (for group texting) with qwerty keyboard Obviously.
    13 mp camera and video. (720p screen with this)
    Maps navigation (turn by turn) software.
    128 gb sd card for my music and photos.
    4 day battery life.

    My bonus feature would be: Pandora radio.
    Last edited by taynjack; 04-10-2017 at 05:31 PM.
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    04-10-2017 05:03 PM
  22. TgeekB's Avatar
    I'm contemplating this:

    http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Kyocera-DuraXE_id9876

    Has a 5mp camera and WiFi. Can use it as a hotspot. T9 though.


    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
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    04-10-2017 05:13 PM
  23. Bittah Pupil's Avatar
    I had a flip phone for years before having to switch to a smartphone. I like my smartphone because of the camera and music player features in addition to calling and texting but sometimes I wish I could go back to a flip phone. If there was one that could do group text, I'd be all over that.
    04-10-2017 05:48 PM
  24. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    I'm with most of you people, a basic phone sometimes is the only thing we mostly need, it's weird I don't use the phone for a lot of task you mentioned, I use a lot WhatsApp (WEB/Desktop version) none of the social networks, I uninstalled Facebook and Twitter years ago, I only have an outdated version os Snapchat and Instagram for few reasons but I check those only if I have a notification.

    Right now I can use my laptop for almost everything, so I only use the phone for the basics.

    I miss when I had the Nokia N900, even when with that phone you were able to do everything, on that time it was more as a camera, music player and phone.

    I like the chance to do everything I do with my laptop in my phone but I hate the cost of most of that.
    04-10-2017 06:01 PM
  25. Tim Newton1's Avatar
    Yes, big time. The big issue is PRIVACY. As I have commented elsewhere, before GoogleFacebook we had secure paper mail and secure land line phones. These companies hype themselves as telephone / mail carriers but they make loads of money because they help themselves to the data that goes through their hands. Not only that, but employers now want to take over cell phone plans because employees get their work e-mail on the phone.

    The second biggest issue is COST. I think it's ridiculous to pay more than $200 for a cell phone. I don't want a computer in my pocket--it's too small.

    What I really want is a dumb phone that has limited "smart" capabilities--just enough to allow e-mail and text, and the ability to look up addresses on the fly. That's it!

    I definitely don't want all these stupid apps and I especially don't want social media. The only way social media companies make money is by helping themselves to your data--why would you ever want to use them? Why would you want to do banking on a phone?

    Mobile phones have gotten way to far upmarket. They need to come back down to earth and realize that what most people want and can afford is pretty basic. The only advantage a mobile phone has over a computer is that you can take them with you, and most people don't need that much firepower just to use on the fly.
    TgeekB likes this.
    04-10-2017 06:08 PM
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