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This is just a fun little thread, but I'm curious how people use their cells phone for more than just calling people. I use the calendar mode to mark full moons for worming my goats and when to put minerals in their grain. I use the alarm clock to wake me up (great if the power is out) and if I'm in a dark area, I open it up and use it as a flash light. I used to think they were just a luxury.
 

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I never have pen and paper when I am out and about so I store info as a memo in the "reminder area" it has to be short but emails and web sites work

Oh I have to have a password that changes ever so often I hate passwords that have to change so now i void the old password by editing a phone number stored as "ds school" by just "editing" it is easy to keep it current and anyone who find it can't use it.

I once used the screen lite as a light source when I was lacking a flash light. and I dropped my keys. nice to know I am not alone.

I use the net ten so it has no features to speak of but the reason to get it was as a phone for emergencys.
 

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It's funny... I use my cel phone extensively; it's my main telephone. It's been this way for almost five years, in which time I've had three phones (all of which has bunches of features). Yet this is the first phone I've used any of the features on, outside of the address book. DH showed me how to use the calculator. And that's it for me ;)
 

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I use mine as an alarm clock a lot! :)

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Texting. I love texting. :D DH's phone has a slide out keyboard for it, and I'm soooo tempted to get the same one! Too cheap to do it, though!

We don't have internet or any of the fancy stuff - don't really want it. Lots of the kids have TV on their phones at work - I'm still grasping how they drive, look at their GPS units, listen to the iPod, *and* watch TV at the same time! :cool:
 

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I've used only cell phone for about 8-10 years. With landline I had people missing me and such, so this is better. Also, since family lives all over USA, I have a plan where all minutes from anywhere to anywhere are the same cost.

Recently I've started checking on HT and a few other sites via the web feature of it. And what's surprising is that I can read it, very clear.

I use an old cell phone as my alarm clock at home.
Once in a while I answer .txt messages.

answering machine for people leaving messages,

etc.

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I have a cell phone... and a separate PDA, iPod, and GPS. In my experience, anything that does everything tends not to do all of it very well... which is why I'm not switching to a Blackberry anytime soon, or otherwise expect my phone to double as my calendar/jukebox/navigator/alarm clock/etc.

My PDA (a Palm T/X) is perfect for my calendar and address-book needs, since I see clients for work and am in and out of the office all the time for meetings and appointments. It also has built-in WiFi, which I can use if I happen to be in a hotspot, although I rarely use this feature. The iPod handles the music, and I have a Magellan GPS that I keep in my car for emergencies.

My phone is for calling and texting-- I probably text more than I call. I also occasionally use it for picture-taking if my camera isn't handy. It CAN do all that traffic/directions/MP3-player stuff, but I bristle at the thought of One Gadget To Rule Them All... I much prefer having specialized devices that do their specific jobs well.
 

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My no longer have any service on my cell phone, but I still use it as an alarm clock and occasional flashlight LOL Oh yeah, it makes a neat nightlight for the kids while it's on the charger, too. My daughter has a pay as you go phone and she bought a fancy enough model that she uses it as an MP3 player, alarm clock, calculator, digital camera and she texts ALOT. She got the Verizon Blitz with a slide out QWERTY keyboard and it's pretty neat:)
 

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DH and I both have cell phones plans with just 100 minutes each. This is just to have with us in emergencies. We never go over those minutes.
 

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I gave up wearing a watch because of the clock on mine.,
Also use it to store combination lock numbers in it so I have them in case , OK When, I forget them.
 

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ours is the main phone we dont have a landphone took it out in the spring
 

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I purchased a Trac phone, so no bells & whistles on mine. I resisted the purchase for a long time but after having a car/deer accident last year, we decided it was time. I have to say it was very hand this past spring when my mom was hospitalized for 6 weeks.
 

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We don't have a land line.

I use it to see what the stock market is doing (I'm not in it, just interested in the economy tanking) Also the news.

I watch tv on it to catch up on shows I miss as I work in the evenings a lot (Desperate Housewives, Lost, and 2 and a half men.)

I do these things more than I talk on the phone.
 

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We don't have a land line.

I use it to see what the stock market is doing (I'm not in it, just interested in the economy tanking) Also the news.

I watch tv on it to catch up on shows I miss as I work in the evenings a lot (Desperate Housewives, Lost, and 2 and a half men.)

I do these things more than I talk on the phone.
What phone do you have so you can watch TV? Just curious...

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I have a cell phone... and a separate PDA, iPod, and GPS. In my experience, anything that does everything tends not to do all of it very well... which is why I'm not switching to a Blackberry anytime soon, or otherwise expect my phone to double as my calendar/jukebox/navigator/alarm clock/etc.

My PDA (a Palm T/X) is perfect for my calendar and address-book needs, since I see clients for work and am in and out of the office all the time for meetings and appointments. It also has built-in WiFi, which I can use if I happen to be in a hotspot, although I rarely use this feature. The iPod handles the music, and I have a Magellan GPS that I keep in my car for emergencies.

My phone is for calling and texting-- I probably text more than I call. I also occasionally use it for picture-taking if my camera isn't handy. It CAN do all that traffic/directions/MP3-player stuff, but I bristle at the thought of One Gadget To Rule Them All... I much prefer having specialized devices that do their specific jobs well.
I take care of the cell account at work and most of our cell phones are Smartphones - cell phone, pda, internet device all in one. We use Windows Mobile Smartphones, mostly the Motorola Q. There might be some haggling about which Smartphone folks like best, but I don't have one person that wishes they still carried multiple devices. The company executives, sales staff, IT staff and quality control staff all have Smartphones.

Smartphones wirelessly sync with Outlook (email, calendars and contacts) so you don't have to maintain a phone list on a different device, don't get surprised by client meetings being rescheduled and you can keep in touch while traveling. Smartphones have cameras and photos can stored or sent anywhere as email attachments using the Internet service. Some users have the Navigator service on their Smartphones so they can get directions while traveling, etc. Most of our Smartphones also have the service which allows the phone to be used as a wireless modem for a computer so that staff can access the Internet anywhere they are (ex. A sales person needs a product spec sheet for a client. They can get on the Internet, log into our network and pull those specs right away- no need to wait until they get back to the office).

Smartphones are a great business tool for the departments that use them and they have proven to be well worth the cost.

As for me, I don't do sales or provide 24x7 support for the network, so I have a plain cell phone :) which is not company provided.

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Smartphones are an important tool for
 

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................Calls Only ! NO text messaging , at all . I use Virgin Mobil , $6.95 a month plus .10 cents a minute . No contract and I got rid of my land line 2 years previous . , fordy
 
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