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Old 07-30-2010, 09:02 AM
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...and why? My daughter says "It's practically 'required' at my school." This despite there are computers everywhere, plus she has internet at home. (She's in medical school BTW.)

How much will this luxury/requirement cost in addition to the regular cell phone bill? (She's currently on our family plan with verizon)

I seem to live my life without internet on my phone. Other than keeping track of all your porn sites, what's the benefit?
Old 07-30-2010, 09:20 AM
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I am on ATT with Iphone and don't think it costs any more. It is part of the service package. It is convenient if you want to look something up when you are out and about. You can use it to follow your fantasy football scores if you are not at home. I also keep track of my stock prices. You can view the weather reports. Directions to a location. As an example, I used mine yesterday when playing golf. There is a cool golf application that you can use and it tells you distance to the hole, distance for layup, water, etc. It also tracks the distance of your shot. I am sure I left things out. I have been out of school for some time now so not sure how it would be required at school. It sure would make taking exams easy though.
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I doubt that it is practically required. Most schools discourage having cell phones in the classroom. I use the internet on my cell phone primarily for business when I am not in the office or near a computer.

The smart phones are a growing fad amongst teenagers, everyone has to have one.
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As I understand there is phone service, data service, and ability to connect to wi-fi. Different stuff. First two you pay for and wi-fi is free or you pay depending on the location (Starbucks, airport, your home)

I recently switched from a blackberry to iphone and now have the phone + data service. I have learned I am no longer carrying a phone - can do a lot more without a computer in front of me. Is it worth it? I just finished a trip. Was able to check weather, plane schedules, email and use the GPS function. GPS saved me in a new city.

you have to decide what you need or want from your phone.
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I use it all the time for business, getting things like phone numbers or business locations, etc. Also use it all the time for everything else, streaming youtube videos, checking my stocks, etc. Smart phones really put everything in the palm of your hand once you set them up properly. I think I pay 30.00/month for my data plan and I am happy with that.
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Iphone- I am on it probably every hour at least. Nothing better than a youtube clipped while STOPPED at a red light!
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With Verizon, you need a phone capable of accessing internet. I've been looking into this myself. Most are recommending either the DroidX by Motorola or Incredible by HTC. The phone will cost about $200 with a 2 year contract. Then you are required to add a data plan which will be an additional $30/month. This is in addition to your monthly phone charges.
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While in medical school, I agree it is practically a requirement. At your fingertips you have instant access to all the research and resources you need. I can't tell you how much time I wasted searching for the reference material I needed. Once you get internet on your phone, life will change and you won't want to go back.
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As I understand there is phone service, data service, and ability to connect to wi-fi. Different stuff. First two you pay for and wi-fi is free or you pay depending on the location (Starbucks, airport, your home)

you have to decide what you need or want from your phone.
Correct. They bend you over on the additional monthly "data service" fees. There are usually a couple of levels of data service - one is limited amount per month and if you go over it they REALLY bend you over. You can also get either a much higher data amount transfer total or with some providers, unlimited data transfer.

If your daughter's campus has Wi-Fi throughout, you might think about get an "older model-new stock" unlocked smartphone from eBay or something, and then she could have Wi-Fi and hence Internet, wherever Wi-Fi is available. That gets you out of the data plan fees with some carriers.

Good luck - it's a rip-off IMHO, unless you are using it for business travel. Most people at a desk or on a campus have readily available Internet options thru a laptop or desktop.

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I have it on my phone and use it mainly to check the weather. Comes in handy when you're on the boat trying to figure out what a storm is doing. I have Boost Mobile and have ulimited calling, texting, and internet for $50/month.
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I'm on the web with my blackberry constantly for work. I own my company and have no office support so whatever I need, I have to do alone. I'm constanly looking up phone numbers, directions, suppliers, vendors, customers, etc... We are ten times more efficient since I got on the internet from my phone.

The way it used to be was everything would wait until nightime when I got home or to my Hotel, I'd log on and do my searching. Cost me a full day and sometimes that would mean $$. I also have a Verizon Mifi which I can log onto the internet from my truck with any laptop device so I can do quotes on the road and email them to customers. Some of my customers still use fax machines, so I set up an account with Myfax.com and I can look at all my faxes on my phone or laptop while in the vehicle.

Weather Radar is Huge for us. We are pouring concrete everyday and we have tons better success since I can check the storms. I alter our delivery times based on the Radar Picture. Also tells us to get ready with the covers!!


I could not go backwards without an assistant somewhere doing it for me.

I don't do much personal stuff on it. Sometimes on weekends I won't even pay attention to it just to see what its like.
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I use it on my iPhone at least a dozen times a week.
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Originally Posted by Babesaurus View Post
a growing fad amongst teenagers, everyone has to have one.
Your right there..with the exception of my kids 14 & 13........
They are the only kids in there circle of friends who do not have one....and won't until they drive, get a job and pay for there own!
They gave up asking....

My house is the hang out, there is no texting, phones off and if you have to call home, use my home phone and call home.....+ no flat hats are allowed to be worn on my property.....and if your going to ride your bike in my drive a helmet must be worn!!!

I'm that old miserable guy in the neighborhood that everyone had when they were growing up

Man I have fun bustin there stones!


Oh and I have internet on my Blackberry and use it alot....
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
I'm on the web with my blackberry constantly for work. I own my company and have no office support so whatever I need, I have to do alone. I'm constanly looking up phone numbers, directions, suppliers, vendors, customers, etc... We are ten times more efficient since I got on the internet from my phone.
This is almost exactly my situation as well. The only difference is I use it to look up stupid trivia at the bar or floating around on the boat too.... I typically average ~ 100mb / month in data transfer. It's included in the Blackberry package along with unlimited SMS, MMS and IM.
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
Your right there..with the exception of my kids 14 & 13........
They are the only kids in there circle of friends who do not have one....and won't until they drive, get a job and pay for there own!
They gave up asking....

My house is the hang out, there is no texting, phones off and if you have to call home, use my home phone and call home.....+ no flat hats are allowed to be worn on my property.....and if your going to ride your bike in my drive a helmet must be worn!!!

I'm that old miserable guy in the neighborhood that everyone had when they were growing up

Man I have fun bustin there stones!


Oh and I have internet on my Blackberry and use it alot....
I was right there with you, until I saw how it was affecting my 14 year old daughters(12 back than) social life. She would miss out on things because the facts today are kids don't call, they text each other. So we broke down because it is really how kids communicate. It would have been the same if my parents didn't buy me a bike at 13, that is how I got to my friends houses or to the park wherever we would meet up. So we broke down and paid the $10 a month.
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Missed the medical school part in my first post. Probably a good idea then.
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Most phone companies the difference is roughly $30. From my experiences Verizon has the best speeds and coverage but AT&T isn't too far behind, they just have some other issues. Most companies have a "limited" plan for about $15 or $20 as well. The only company I know of that doesn't have an unlimited plan currently is AT&T (New feature).

A lot of it all depends on your preference in phone. Most people favor the iPhone which is only offered through AT&T. Most companies now have one variation or another of an Android phone.
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Originally Posted by Irish Harmony View Post
I was right there with you, until I saw how it was affecting my 14 year old daughters(12 back than) social life. She would miss out on things because the facts today are kids don't call, they text each other. So we broke down because it is really how kids communicate. It would have been the same if my parents didn't buy me a bike at 13, that is how I got to my friends houses or to the park wherever we would meet up. So we broke down and paid the $10 a month.
I hear the same argument..I guess I'm old school..trust me its not the 10 a month...It's what I think is right for my kids... and I think they are to young for a phone.

If a kid (alleged friend) can't call the home # and leave a message..then they are not a friend in my eyes...they know who there true friends are....I'm not letting them fall to peer pressure....
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Times have changed me thinks.
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I'm reading THT on my iPhone right now. I wouldn't have a phone without a data plan. That said, however, my wife and two sons do not have Web access on their phones.

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