Grandma gets another smartphone

22 thoughts on “Grandma gets another smartphone”

  1. Cool. I’m sure you’ll be happy with it. As a note, I used to have the Motorola V176 too! A long time ago. You know, it didn’t do much, but it was easy to carry around, and I kind of like flip phones. Of course, the screen is about the size of a postage stamp.

    The Proclaim looks pretty decent. Good luck!

    1. Thanks. Yeah, that little Motorola was cute. Easy to stash anywhere and well protected if stuffed in a pocket or dropped into the clutter of a woman’s purse. If I hadn’t made the mistake of handing it over to Sprint to recycle, I might still be using it. Instead, I was forced to shop for a new phone. (It’s still available from TracFone, but I had smartphone fever…. )

  2. Wow, that’s a lot to take in PT. I’ve had several of the pre-paid “throwaways” and now have one of those freebie phones for people getting govt assistance (SSDI), but I’ve had no experience at all with so-called “smart” phones. I do hope to get one soon though, so I’ll be bookmarking this post for future reference.

    1. If you use this post for reference, you should insert “As I understand it …” before every sentence because at any moment I could discover I was completely wrong about something. I did find that one website to be very helpful when trying to figure out which carrier(s) a cheap-o phone would be using and where and how to get what you want.

      1. Wow, what a great site! I took a look around the Straight Talk and saw that the had a lot of options, including free phones and a plan that only costs what the VOIP phone part of my cable package costs – $30/mo. I got lost when the service plan page asked me for a phone number to “Check Plan Availability” however. It didn’t like my home phone number, but I can’t enter the number for a phone I don’t have yet! WTF?!?! 😯

      2. By the time I got to the Straight Talk site, I was looking for a particular phone and started browsing for phones rather than plans. I never even saw the page with all the plans. (My particular phone, btw, was decidedly not free.)

        I don’t know how much you use your phone, but you might want to check the TracFone plans, which are simply prepaid minutes. Any unused minutes carry over. I was taking a very hard look at some of their current phones that come with double or triple minutes for life (good deal!) and didn’t move on until I realized that none of the phones they were offering for this area would run on the Verizon network.

    1. Oddly enough I feel kind of guilty about consigning that trusty little blue phone to the recycling bin. The last time I saw it, it was lying on a cold glass counter, its battery and SIM card ripped out. At least they had the decency to tape a piece of clean white paper around it … sniff

      Definitely a whole new world. Like a computer in many ways, yet different.

      1. You’re probably heard of Word with Friends which you actually have to play with another person (they use their phone). You can play with someone you know, or the game will find you an opponent. I’m a loner so I don’t care much for having to find a partner, plus I’m always having to stop a game and do something else, usually something with the dogs.

        So WordHero works for me. Its a grid of a bunch of letters and the goal is to find as many words as you can within the given time. You get to compare your score against everyone else playing, but that’s it. I really like this one.

  3. Good luck, PT, hope this is a more successful fit :-). Me, I’m an iPhone gal. The only time I switched to android I ended up at the village of Louvres outside Paris instead of the Louvres in Paris’s centre. Erk.

... and that's my two cents