The (phone) journey continues...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Goofus Maximus, Jan 11, 2022.

  1. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    As you may have remembered (if I posted it here) I switched from AT&T landline to Cricket Wireless, because, well, AT&T. Then AT&T bought up Cricket. Then comes 5G, and AT&T came up with the brilliant plan to sell phones to us whether we want it or not, by shutting off 3G service, and claiming that "only 4G phones compatible with AT&T VoIP" will be supported.

    Thus, I embarked on a journey to once again escape from the clutches of the AT&T Deathstar attack. Fortunately Spectrum started up their own mobile service (using the Verizon network), and by playing my cards right, I can get equivalent service AND a new phone via installments, paying about the same price as I was for Cricket's 2 Gig service. My choices were a Google Pixel 6, or Motorola Edge (2021). And the Pixel 6 phones weren't available for order. Easy. Choice made for me. So now I've just finished the transfer and setup of my phone, and now have a nice karate-chopping flashlight attached to a phone that is better than my Nokia 6.1. I'm debating whether to install the Motorola "Ready For" app, to turn my PC into a giant phone screen, or not.

    One interesting side effect I noticed, is that after I transferred my number over from Cricket(AT&T) to Spectrum(Verizon) all those 30+-per-day spam text messages (CBD oil, Dr. Oz, Sharktank, and whover this "Jalicia" is that everyone thinks is me) have suddenly totally disappeared. My "AT&T is making money from spammers" spidey-sense is tingling!

    I've totally got to get a new case for this phone. It gives the word "slippery" a whole new meaning. Edit: Also, I like the fingerprint scanner in the power button. It's quicker, more accurate, and easier to find, than Nokia's "somewhere back there" scanner.
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  2. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    So, you didn't get the pixel? I'm looking at getting one next summer.
  3. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Alas, if I waited for new Pixels with this chip shortage, I'd wait forever. :) As it is, I am happy with what I got. This phone is leaps ahead of the Nokia 6.1, except for the lack of a headphone jack, so I won't miss what I don't have, though if the pixels had been available, I would have went with it, no contest!

    I really need to get a case, and some super-cheap bluetooth audio, though. Especially with Motorola, doing the karate-chop and phone-waggle with that slippery phone in my fumble-fingered hands, is asking for disaster...
  4. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I'm off my contracts in a few months and plan on changing from US Cellular to anything else that gets reception here. ATT is buying up everything and I dislike (understatement) them.
    USC is all BS marketing but it does offer a signal here. Verizon = no signal, T Mobile= not much better, ATT = sux.
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    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    One nice thing about Spectrum Mobile, is that if I'm near available compatible Wi-Fi, I have coverage, even if there's no cell coverage, and the coverage around here is pretty spotty from Verizon. AT&T has most of the signal in this section of the Missississippippiiiii... the river, here.

    I've side-loaded GCam onto my new phone too, and it is working well. I did some low-light shootouts between gcam, open camera, and the native camera app, and I think the native app squeaks out the win about half the time, and gcam the other half. Open Camera... is a camera...