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What do you use your wireless phone for?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by Jay2TheRescue, Nov 10, 2008.

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What do you use your wireless device for? (Check as many as apply)

Poll closed Feb 8, 2009.
  1. Making telephone calls

    98.6%
  2. Texting

    77.8%
  3. Email

    54.2%
  4. Calendar / Appointment scheduler / reminder

    63.9%
  5. Surfing the internet

    56.9%
  6. Taking pictures

    73.6%
  7. Play games

    29.2%
  8. Listen to music (mp3, internet radio, etc)

    41.7%
  9. Clock / Alarm Clock / Watch

    73.6%
  10. Address book

    54.2%
  11. Calculator

    61.1%
  12. Editing documents (.txt, .doc, powerpoint, etc)

    8.3%
  13. Watch mobile TV

    9.7%
  14. Teathering (Internet access for laptop or other device)

    11.1%
  15. GPS Navigation

    27.8%
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  1. Jay2TheRescue

    Jay2TheRescue Resident Spamslayer
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    Its been a while since we've asked this question. With the rise of the iPhone and smartphones I think we'll get some different answers from last time.
     
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  2. mframe

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    Oddly enough, despite having the HTC Tilt, currently all I ever do with my devices is just make calls (and not even many of them). I even prefer monochrome displays (easy to see in sunlight). My Nokia 3590 is really my preferred phone (great battery life and reception!).
     
  3. QLR

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    I have used my RIM BlackBerry Pearl for 7 months and I have tried out virtually every feature on it. I primarily use it for making calls, surfing the web, and sending messages (email, SMS, text).

    I tested out the tethering a few weeks back just so I can add another internet option. I didn't add tethering onto my plan since its extra and I would have to call CS since I get a discount off the BIS plan.

    I have Google Maps; it's a nice application, but Verizon cripples GPS on most of its devices so its users can pay $10/month (or switch to the ultra pricey Premium plans). So I just take advantage of the "semi'GPS offered by Google.

    I have to admit that I never used the calendar and tasks before I was forced to take a class at my previous employer. :D I tried to use the Tasks in my previous Motorola Q, but I would forget to check it. I checked out the Tasks and Calendar on the Pearl and I have to say that BB has merged these two well... I can have the tasks appear in my calendar and function as appointments. Now Tasks and Calendar is a lot more useful to me!!!

    I have to admit that having always on email has its pros: it has allowed me to hold down my messaging costs. I have a plan that has 250 messages, so if I'm near my limit, I can block incoming MMS/SMS messages and I can also send email that will show up as SMS/MMS on most other users' phones.
     
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  4. KyleAndMelissa22

    KyleAndMelissa22 Woot Woot, Splat !!!
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    All I do is use it for calling, about 10,000 minutes per month.

    I don't ever use text, pix / video or web, all that is done using my computer.

    I also selected Clock / Alarm Clock, Address book & Calculator.

    Basic 2G is good enough for me, I don't need 3G, nevermind 4G.
     
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  5. dmapr

    dmapr Silver Senior Member
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    My uses from the poll:
    • Making telephone calls (all the time)
    • Email (a little)
    • Calendar / Appointment scheduler / reminder (rarely)
    • Surfing the internet (often)
    • Play games (occasionally)
    • Clock / Alarm Clock / Watch (often)
    • Calculator (rarely)
    • Tethering (rarely)

    My uses not in the poll:
    • Flashlight (rarely)
    • Experimenting with Java ME (occasionally)
    • Dictionary (occasionally)
     
  6. Jay2TheRescue

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    Unfortunately I was limited to 15 available responses. I also sometimes use my phone as a flashlight. I'll click the screen on and the backlight is usually enough to find a key, or my way up the stairs in the dark.

    -Jay
     
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  7. QLR

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    I forgot to mention that I use my Pearl as a music player as well. It's not too shabby now that Verizon finally released the 4.5 software. Included in it was an equalizer for the music player. The bass and voice boost are nice additions to it. I stream from m.moodio.fm... I only stream WSB AM and WMAC AM on it though.
     
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  8. scottb

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    I use mine mostly for Web and email. Other uses include text messaging, phone calls and alarm clock.
     
  9. Gamer03

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    I use my Tilt for making telephone calls, texting (sending/receiving), sending/receiving emails, calendar / appointment scheduler / reminder, surfing the internet via Opera, taking pictures (and sending/receiving them), playing games (occasionally if I am bored), listening to music (mp3, internet radio, etc as well as listening to my XM subscription), clock / alarm clock / watch functions, address book, calculator, watching mobile TV (in my case my Slingbox Pro), and GPS Navigation (occasionally via Google Maps to kill time but only if I am connected to my car charger and am in the passenger seat).
     
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  10. RadioRaiders

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    I use my phone mainly for voice/SMS. Flashlight is also useful (my W810i has actually a flash for the camera intergrated that also doubles as a flashlight :))

    I use a seperate USB dongle (or an intergrated WWAN card in my laptop) for HSDPA connections, so I never use my phone as a modem (my 810i is GSM only anyway :O). When selecting my next phone GPS will be a main feature. I was an hour late to a meeting yesterday cuz I took a wrong exit and got lost (kind of embarrassing when I am supposed to be promoting 3G services and I don't even have GPS available to me :O)



    dmapr: lets make it an ordered list next time, eh? ;)
     
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  11. charlyee

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    My uses not in the poll:

    1. Dictionary - occasionally.
    2. Stock prices - regularly.
    3. Gas prices - regularly.
    4. Phone nos via Google Maps - regularly.
    5. Playing with registry edits - more often than I should. :D
    Palm850/v0100 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 7.11)
     
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  12. Gamer03

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    I too use Google Maps for looking up phone numbers as well as occasionally playing with reg edits.
     
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  13. Jay2TheRescue

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    Doesn't most of that fall under "internet" Charlyee?

    -Jay
     
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    Possibly, I wanted to give some specifics as opposed to just internet.
     
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    6. Posting on WA


    ...and 2 extra points for making an ordered list :hyper:
     
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  16. dmapr

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    I would have, but...
    1. I felt like that called for prioritization of items
    2. I had trouble assigning proper priorities :)

    For the record, the button on the toolbar here inserts the correct opening tag for the ordered list ;)
     
  17. bobolito

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    With my iPhone I do all those except editing documents. I rather do that at my computer with a real keyboard, mouse and large screen.
     
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  18. hme83

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    Phone calls - pretty much never :D

    E-mail - constantly :)

    Text/Calendar/Surf/Photos/Watch/Address Book/Music - frequently

    My Uses Not in Poll:

    Pedometer/Fitness application (W580i is dedicated!)
    Flashlight (just this week)
    Posting at WA - tried to vote too. :p
     
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  19. dmapr

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    Way to go, hme83! Hate to see a 100% on any poll :D
     
  20. ta206

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    1. Calls (of course) :rolleyes:
    2. Daily alarm clock (because hubby constantly shuts off clock one "by accident")
    3. Calender (Completely lost without it)
    4. Address book
    5. Texting occasionally

    I guess I'm pretty low tech:O
     
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  21. hme83

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    At least I've now put the rollover to good use?? :p
     
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  22. dmapr

    dmapr Silver Senior Member
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    And that good use is?..
     
  23. hme83

    hme83 Bronze Senior Member
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    Evidence. :)

    Eleven months of "rollover" seems to be pretty good substantiation of "pretty much never" to me. :biggrin:
     
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  24. josephd

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    I use my 580i like a PDA, the phone is a great device except for some issues with the camera. I am due for an upgrade in December. So I am torn between looking at the Curve or the SE 760, I know the Curve is a PDA and leans more to business users.But aside of not using a few of the features available on a PDA, I do a lot of texting,e-mail, web browsing, calendar and tasks so maybe the Curve would serve me well.
    As for my issue with the camera, why would the 580i have a 4X zoom 2 MP camera yet you can only zoom when set to VGA mode?
     
  25. dmapr

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    Joe, keep in mind that AT&T will want to charge you more for data on the PDA — make sure you factor it in your consideration.

    My guess is that the zoom is digital anyway (like on my K850i) and you don't want to use it anyway. Shoot at full res and crop out, you'll get better results ;)
     
  26. littlepriest01

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    Haha, making phone calls is still number one, that's kind of suprising!
     
  27. KyleAndMelissa22

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    Not to me ;), that's all I do with my phone is talk about 8,000-10,000 minutes every month,
    and I have disbled texting, and my phone is not capable of MMS :browani:
     
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  28. josephd

    josephd Tomorrow is another day.
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    Thanks Dmitry for the tip there is no option to crop the pictures on the W580i but I will experiment. I know you have to get a Blackberry connect plan,So at this point I am not sure what I want to purchase.Thanks again.:)
     
  29. dmapr

    dmapr Silver Senior Member
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    Sure thing, Joe. Do you have an easy way to transfer photos to a PC? Then you can use software to crop.
     
  30. josephd

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    I can transfer photos to my laptop through bluetooth.
     

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