flip 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 But Pat's old phone is obsolete.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.

Is there a smartphone for elderly people?

iPad

Episode 1730

Audry from Agoura, CA

Lori wants a simple smartphone for her mother that visits limited sites online and just make phone calls. Is there one that has loudspeakers, voice recognition, big buttons and a big screen? Leo suggests giving her an iPad for the websites, so she can see it. Then you can get a flip phone from Jitterbug that can handle the phone calls. A smartphone will be too small for her to use. You can also give her an LTE iPad that can make calls as well. 

Should I get a smartphone?

Apple iPad

Episode 1564

Mark from Irvine, CA

Mark uses a flip phone. It's just easy to use. But his friends are trying to get him to adopt a smartphone. He finds them complicated, though. Leo says smartphones are more computers that can make a call, not a phone that can get online. Leo says that since Mark likes the reliability of a flip phone, he should just keep it, and then get a tablet like an iPad to connect online. That's the simple solution.

How can I connect my flip phone to the internet?

Samsung Chromebook Plus

Episode 1564

Robert from Los Angeles, CA

Robert has a cheap phone and wants to know how to use tethering to connect to the internet. Leo says hotspotting is the current way to wirelessly connect, but for Robert's phone, he may need to tether it with a cable. One thing is to know that he may need to pay extra for tethering. He'll also have data limits as well. It may be better for him to get an iPod Touch which will wirelessly connect to his internet. Or a Chromebook.

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.