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SmartPhones & 'senior' plans

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by lparsons21, May 10, 2013.

  1. lparsons21

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    After a day on Verizon I'm finding myself wondering why I didn't do this quite awhile back. Call quality in my area is much better on Verizon than it is on T-Mobile, and the data service is miles better. TMo is 2G here, Verizon and AT&T are 4G/LTE. Sprint is 3G. After talking to some friends that have different services around here, the bottom line is that if you want the best coverage for voice/text, it is Verizon and Alltel and data is better on Verizon since Alltel is EDVO(?).

    With my calling patterns and useage, the Senior Plans that both Verizon and AT&T have are fine with me. Those I talked to that had AT&T said that the service with them was a bit spotty and more narrowly around the major highways where Verizon is really strong nearly everywhere. I live in the boonies so that is a concern.

    I was very surprised at the FaceTime performance. I played around with it and tried my daughter. I didn't even know she had an iPhone as the subject never came up. I called and she answered and the quality was great on the picture and sound. I tried it both with wifi and using the 4G/LTE and the difference wasn't much at all and I'm on 6M/.5M DSL service! A question. If I'm on wifi at home and call via Facetime, does it use my cell for the voice and wifi for data or wifi for both??

    LLoyd
     
  2. Sixto

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    If on WiFi, it's all over WiFi. It's a video conferencing session.
     
  3. lparsons21

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    Thanks Sixto.

    I did find that on at least some iPhones, that it will also work with my cellular data if I'm away from the wifi.
     
  4. wingrider01

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    Att has the same exact offer, and you don't need to bring a copy of the offer to get it setup and a corporate store - just set my Father-in-law up on it a few months ago, he even got a nice iphone for 99 cents

    In this area ATT coverage is vastly superior to sprint or Verizon's
     
  5. lparsons21

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    Here the best coverage is Verizon & Alltel. AT&T is a bit behind around here especially if you get away from the main highways. Not horrible mind you, just not as good.

    I could have gotten the iPhone 4 for 99 cents, but after looking and thinking about the differences, I wanted the iPhone 5 because it is the only one that does 4G/LTE.
     
  6. wingrider01

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    Since I don't use data on the Iphone for anything but corporate business speed does not matter, which by the way is a corporate policy of mine. As far as coverage, phones are issued to employees depending on where they are located and which service has the best coverage.

    As far as personal, again same policy, email is the primary use, have not need of streaming music, video or updated a socials site every time I or someone around me takes a breath. functionally outside of tiered data connection there is no required functionality between the 5 and the 4/4s so no need to spend the money for the latest tech toy
     
  7. lparsons21

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    I can understand your position and use. And frankly, I don't need 4G, 3G would have been good enough. Most of my use for the data is with the golf gps software and other gps useage. I have most other things set to 'manual' if I need to get something from the 'net. My email on the phone isn't of much value since I seldom am interested in reading it on the go and I have no 'business' needs since I'm retired.

    I'm learning to love Facetime, but I know I'll have to be careful with it when I'm outside of the house as it can eat data pretty fast.

    The iPhone 5's slightly bigger screen is a plus to me and it was size of screen that made me seriously consider a Windows phone. Android is a non-starter for me, my previous phone had it and I never really liked it much. Unfortunately the bigger screens are mostly Android. :(
     
  8. Steve

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    Gizmodo estimates Facetime uses about 3MB/minute, so really not that bad. If they're right, looks like 100 minutes of Facetime would only be 10% of your monthly data cap. Not sure what your daughter's data cap is, however, or if she's on WiFi when you call her.
     
  9. lparsons21

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    Not as bad as I had thought.

    Generally I would use it with wifi here. She's on some 'unlimited' grandfathered plan, so not an issue for her either. Both my sisters are on some unlimited plan also and have iPhones. One's with ATT, the other's with Sprint.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    I don't know why I didn't mention this before, but one thing to keep in mind, the new iPhones will likely be announced next month. Not necessarily anything big (I'm thinking minor increment over the 5), but always something I make sure my users know. Some may not care about new models or price drops on the previous one) but it hopefully covers me so that they're not upset they are locked into a phone for two years that was just replaced :)
     
  11. wingrider01

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    wasn't that done on a jail broken phone? have not see a retest on the version of facetime that works on a unmodified version of the IOS
     
  12. Steve

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    I think at the time Gizmodo measured data usage, back in August, 2010, Facetime was wifi-only, so jailbreaking was the only way you could test it over cellular.

    Looks pretty easy to check what Facetime currently consumes. Like Gizmodo, you can do a "before" and "after" reading on the "Cellular Network Data" info screen, and divide it by the actual Facetime session time.
     

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    interesting for such a limited usage app, we utilize Cisco Jabber, it works across all platforms not just one specific brand
     
  14. Supramom2000

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    I have had Verizon for almost 10 years now. We had to switch when we moved to the boonies as well. It was the only service that worked at our house.

    I have the grandfathered unlimited data plan and upgraded to the Galaxy SIII last December, and was going to lose my unlimited plan. One of my sons decided to get the new iPhone at the same time, and in order to get it free, he set up his own Verizon account with a new phone number and everything. So I had to call customer service and give permission plus get him removed from our family plan. I got the nicest woman on the phone who worked for over 30 minutes and came up with a back door way to keep me on the grandfathered data plan. She also changed our plan type and saved us more money.

    That was the best customer service I have ever had.
     

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