feature phones

What 1st Smartphone Should I Purchase?

iPhone SE

Episode 1772

Pat from Denver, CO

Pat uses a flip phone and is looking to get her first smartphone now. Leo says the only real reason to get a smartphone is to text others or to go online while mobile. If all she's using a phone for is phone calls, she won't really need it. But Pat's old phone is obsolete. Leo says she can still buy a flip phone. They're called feature phones now. But if she wants one, the iPhone is the easiest one to use and for most people, it's the best choice. Leo recommends the iPhone SE. 

Where Can I Get a Basic Flip Phone For My Parents?

Alcatel

Episode 1760

Frank from Los Angeles, CA

Frank tried to teach his parents how to use a smartphone. Both Android and iPhone. It didn't go well. So he's looking to get a flip phone for them. But their carrier Verizon is pushing smartphones.  Leo says they are pushing LTE phones because they want to decommission their old towers that flip phones rely on. Still, Verizon offers the Kazoona eTalk. As long as they are LTE compatible, they will be fine with a flip/feature phone. Look for a section on Verizon's website called BASIC PHONES.

Alcatel makes dumb phones as well. Look at the GoFlip V. Verizon sells it.

What is a Good Phone Without Internet?

feature Phone

Episode 1689

Trevor from Ft. Worth, TX

Trevor has a special needs teenager and he needs to get her a phone that has no access to the internet but can send text messages. Leo says don't completely rule out a smartphone as there are plenty of apps out there for special needs people. But it can be risky, so maybe waiting on a smartphone is a wise idea. The iPhone has excellent parental controls though.  A feature phone, or flip phone, is inexpensive and you may be able to get one for free. But texting is a lot harder on a flip phone.

How can I connect a smart display to a feature phone?

Nokia 3310

Episode 1625

Michael from Livermore, CA

Mike bought a Lenovo Smart Display for his mother, but they're having trouble linking her feature phone to the display. Leo recommends creating a Google account for his mother, then use the app to sign into it. You can also get a cheap or used phone that can connect to WiFi. Set it all up and connect to her WiFi. Have only one icon on it for Google Home, and that should connect her. Also, check out the Google Home Hub Max.

Why is my "dumb phone" dying after half a day?

kyocera

Episode 1567

Roger from Banning, CA

Roger bought a "dumb phone" for him and his wife. Leo says he calls them feature phones. Roger says that they didn't know anything about the dumb phone. But when he charges it up it is dead within a day. Leo says that shouldn't happen - feature phones should last days. Leo says that Roger should take them back and ask for one with better battery life. In fact, he shouldn't even have to pay for it.

What's a good phone for traveling to Mexico?

Alcatel Go Flip

Episode 1446

Ernesto from Pismo Beach, CA

Ernesto needs a new cell phone for his father. He doesn't do any smart things like apps or texting. He just talks. He wants one that will work between the US and Mexico. Leo says that a "feature phone" is an easy and inexpensive purchase. Alcatel is one brand that works in both places. He should go to T-Mobile and he can probably get one for free on a pay as you go plan. They also offer free international data and cheap international calls. It'll also work in 190 other countries as well. The chatroom says that AT&T is best in Mexico.

How can I get the photos off my flip phone?

Flip Phone

Episode 1398

Susan from Tehachapi, CA

Susan has a flip phone and she doesn't know how to get the photos off of it and onto her computer. Leo says that flip phones weren't really designed to be as "smart" as like an iPhone, and company stores aren't really invested enough to help her.

Leo recommends going to a third party cell phone store. They'll have the tools to help her. There is a third party software called BitPim, but it's not very easy to use. She would need a special cable as well.

Do I need to buy a smartphone?

Episode 1369

Veronica from Palmer, Alaska

Veronica says that being in Alaska, mobile service is limited to Verizon or AT&T. Her contract is up and she's trying to decide if she should get a smartphone. Leo says it depends on LTE coverage where she is. Ask your friends and neighbors what they use and if they like it. Paying for data would be an additional monthly cost. There's no need to succumb to the pressure of getting a smart phone if she doesn't need it.