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Does the type of Cell Phone you use denotes your income status

Discussion in 'The OT' started by peds48, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. peds48

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    according to the following study, Apple iPhones appear to be used in wealthier areas when compared to Android

    http://m.cultofmac.com/cultofmac/#!/entry/mapping-iphone-and-android-users-in-a-city-reveals-wealthier,51c223f9c5f0cf15b3772f04
     
  2. dpeters11

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    I have some experience with people in that income classification. I don't recommend android often because it tends to frustrate them. But some got an iPhone and ipad because they felt embarrassed to be the only one in board meetings to not have one.

    Some have never loaded an app, after having one for several years.
     
  3. peds48

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    I have some experience with people in that income classification. I don't recommend android often because it tends to frustrate them. But some got an iPhone and ipad because they felt embarrassed to be the only one in board meetings to not have one.

    Some have never loaded an app, after having one for several years.


    Funny you mention "board meeting" as the business district in Manhattan appears to be using Blackberries, on purple on that grapgh.
     
  4. Laxguy

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    In any event, the correlation is more likely to be tied to:

    A.) Intelligence

    or

    B.) Sheeple/cool factor.
     
  5. Inkosaurus

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    Im not rich but im not poor either and can afford any platform I want. I use droid because its the better product for me.

    Its not like Iphone/pad is that expensive anyway ._.
     
  6. SayWhat?

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    So what about all the bangers and other scumbags out there using stolen iWhatevers?
     
  7. EdJ

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    I could easily afford to carry around two or three i-phones if I wanted to. But, I do not feel the need to haul around a mini-computer on my hip like so many do. There is no need for me to be connected 24-7. If I miss something happening on the web, guess what, it will wait until I get back home.

    All I need a cell phone is for the occasional times I need to talk to somebody when I am away from home. Imagine that, using a cell phone to actually talk to somebody.... My tracfone does a terrific job at that for roughly $100 a year.
     
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  8. dpeters11

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    It's not necessarily intelligence overall, it's technological intelligence. I have some very smart people that are in the top of their field that have trouble with tech.

    For me, it's hard to support Android as buttons can be different from phone to phone and other differences that makes it more difficult to give support over the phone.

    Even from one carrier's Galaxy S3 to another, I've even seen things organized differently in Settings.
     
  9. jimmie57

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    Definitely a yes in my case.
    I am retired. I use a T-Mobile Prepaid phone for my cell. I buy 1,000 minutes for $100 and they last for a year. Usually the time runs out and not the minutes.
     
  10. Cholly

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    In my extended family, the iPhone in its many variations is used by most members. They have widely varying technical abilities, ranging from the novice (my daughter in-law) to highly skilled (my younger son and son in-law). Income status really has nothing to do with their phone selection.
    As for myself, I started out with Tracfone many years ago and wore out several phones before switching to Verizon around six years ago, having first an LG phone and then a Samsung. My first Android Smartphone was an HTC Thunderbolt, which I really liked until it broke last year (dropped and microphone stopped working). I could have continued to use it with an external headset, but chose instead to upgrade to a Motorola Droid HD. Although I really like the phone, there are several annoyances -- after ending a phone call, if I don't return to my home screen, I stand a chance of accidentally calling the last number back. Also, my people list is all scrambled - consisting of the people list from the HTC, my Google contacts and a few odd groups. I would like to merge them into groups such as healthcare, family, relatives, friends etc. I'd like to be able to just do a copy and paste operation, but haven't been able to do that. IMHO, that's a major shortcoming.
    The learning curve for Android phones is somewhat greater than for the iPhone, partly due to the way the OS has evolved. There's no set standard of interchangeability between phones of different manufacturers.
     
  11. scooper

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    The wife and me are AT&T GoPhone users ( and they are not smartphones, either) - we looked at how much we actually used our phones and decided that PrePaid worked much cheaper for us. She is just using a Samsung flip phone, while I'm using a Pantech 7040P with a alphanumeric keypad for texting.

    My feeling about smartphones is that they may be neat toys, but I DON'T need to be THAT well connected for the price of both phone and usage rates costs. My Pantech does most things that I would use (and some others that I decided I didn't want to pay $25 / month for a dataplan) . The internet is plenty well connected at home with TWC internet. If I needed it bad enough - I might consider a Smartphone, but based on the value proposition - it would probably be an Android of some kind.
     
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    folks are forgetting that smartphones nowadays are an extension of your home. forgot to set your DVR, no problem, need to take a look at the security cameras, sure. need to make a bank transfer, absolutely. Smartphones are NOT just facebook.
     
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    Not impressed with the conclusions drawn from the map.

    The map shows a comparison of the number of geo-tagged tweets from each location (red dots mean more geo-tagged tweets from and iPhone and green dot mean more geo-tagged tweets from Android devices).

    So here are a couple of things to be aware of:

    • Geo-tagged tweets represent a tiny fraction of all tweets. Most tweets contain no geographic information.
    • The location represents where the geo-tagged tweet was made, not where the tweeter lives.
    • The color of the dot represents whether there were more iPhone or Android tweets, whether it is a majority of 1 or 1 million.

    So I can't really draw a conclusion about the income of tweeters based on the fact that more geo-tagged tweets in higher income urban centers come from Apple devices (regardless of whether the tweeters live, work, or visit the urban centers).

    The only conclusion I can draw is that in urban centers, iPhone users are more likely than Android users to send geo-tagged tweets. And for all I know, that may be nothing more than a function of the default settings of the Twitter app on iPhone vs Android.
     
  14. Laxguy

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    The poll also fails as it draws conclusion from twitterers, not necessarily representative of platform users, nor of a cross section of wealth distribution.
     
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    NOt sure if I am being naive, but I don't think folks that work in Wall Street are living paycheck to paycheck
     
  16. Rich

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    You'd be surprised. Doesn't matter how much you make, it's how much you owe and how much you can afford. I know a VP of a well known money management firm that owes so much money that I can't believe her and her husband, who also works, will ever get out of debt. And, believe me, it's wonderful to be debt free.

    Rich
     

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