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    Do you have a cell phone?

    I am a technology / wireless guru myself. In fact, I like technology more than bikes. SHHH, don't tell Joe. I was just wondering what type of cell phone everyone here has? I was also wondering if you take it with you on your rides?

    I currently have a few phones (for an almost 17yr old).

    1) Unlocked Nokia 7190. That is my main phone. It's a couple years old but still rated at the top for reception quality, sound quality (thank you GSM), and its phone book.

    2) Samsung A520. Colour screen Samsung. Great phone. That is my work phone. Sound quality is ok given the technology that this phone runs off of.

    I take the 7190 with me. That is my personal phone and I like it much better than the Samsung. I'd be hung for using a work phone for pleasure.

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    Nokia 6188

    It has been very reliable and has been with me for the last couple of years.
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    Gotta love Telus eh?

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    I got a color LG V4400. with my mom's verizon employee discount, it was only $39.99. I have been using a lot more then I though I would...and I got some bangin' ring tones. I got greenday-"basket case" and the "another one bites the dust" I wanna get some bon jovi or 50 cent though. I think that would be key.

    I carry it with me on rides, so I can call mommy if I run out of tubes, or if I get hopelessly lost.

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    The thread should read Who Doesnt Have a Cell Phone, not who has a cell phone.

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    I own a 3-year old Nokia 8260 which has seen many tumbles and seems to be holding up pretty well. It's a TDMA/D-AMPS phone and at the time I started choosing a carrier (about 8 years ago), I picked one supporting the broadest range of technology available which meant one that supported both digital and analog in both 1900 MHz and 850 MHz because I often found myself in the remotest of locations where more advanced infrastructure hadn't yet been deployed. In terms of mobility, I like to subscribe to the philosophy of "shoot for the bleeding edge but continue to support the lowest common denominator". I also have a Nokia 6150 (900 MHz GSM) for when I travel to Europe.

    I take my phone on my rides as it's pretty small. I like it because it's just a simple phone but is very compact. It does what I need it to do and it does it well. When it comes time to replace it, I'll probably choose one of similar form-factour and features. I've been tracking some of the more advanced phone/PDA/camera/etc gadgets lately but I'm not sure I would want to be locked into carrying a PDA with me on a MTB ride. My 8260 is all scratched up. I once had to replace a cracked display (5 minute job and can be done with a jeweler's screwdriver) after I dropped it on a hard concrete floor from 15 feet. But other than cosmetic damage, it still works perfectly. My previous phone was a Nokia 6162 which didn't absorb damage as well. I superglued its case back together about a dozen times over the course of its life because splitting the case caused the keys to become inoperative. When the display started getting loose and cutting out, I replaced the phone entirely. I eventually was able to fix the display after getting the 8260 and I now keep the 6162 in my Jeep in the emergency equipment compartment just in case I'm stranded somewhere and forgot to take along my normal phone. It's not activated but I can always use it to dial 911 if I ever need to. The one phone I've been sort of interested in is the Garmin NavTalk GSM and the Benefon Esc! phones with full mapping GPS. Unfortunately neither of those are readily available in the US although I think Benefon markets a US compatible GSM phone.
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    8260 rules!

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    Get mine free with the package deal.

    Wife and I both have Audiovox 9155 GPX

    They are dual channel analog/digital. Next time I want triple channel. That dual channel is quite important around here.

    They have the GPS 911 feature.

    Anybody out there have one of the new picture phones? Do they really work?

    I have owned cell phones since they first came out - my first was a 3 watt bag phone you carried like a purse. 65 minutes per month for about $40.00.

    The technnology advances so rapidly it is difficult to keep up. Must have gone through 10-15 different phones.

    I always carry one with me - at all times, riding or not.

    I get 450 minutes free anytime long distance in the monthly package for each phone. I never use my home phone for long distance - make long calls to my relatives and never see an additional charge.

    Except for dial-up, I don't really need a home phone anymore. Also, the law is changing so you can keep your same number from carrier to carrier.
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    8260 rocks on ATT in the USA. However, Rogers ATT in Canada is the worst of all the providers. They used to have the 8260. It was a good little beater.

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    haha...mine has GPS 911, tri--mode AND color!! HA! top of the heap! (for now)

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    I will have to say that one thing I've never been fond of is the flip-phone design. Maybe if the flip was spring-loaded or something... I find I have two personal problems with them.
    • I can't answer or dial them one handed or as quickly as just a regular candy-bar form phone. Nor can I restow them as quickly.
    • I tend to be harsh on my equipment. I used to have a cordless phone of flip-design (old Panasonic thing) and broke it rather easily. My old Nokia 6162 had a flip-cover that was mainly cosmetic (it would still function if you removed the cover) and I would always end up accidently snagging it on something or bending it wrong causing it to fly off. A phone with a functional flip would end up in the repair shop quite often.


    Additionally, flip-phones seem overly bulky to me.
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    Originally posted by Phatman
    haha...mine has GPS 911, tri--mode AND color!! HA! top of the heap! (for now)
    If you don't have a picture phone, then you are already lost in the dust.
    Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone

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    If I hear one of those things bleep out 'Strange' by The Doors one more time, I'm gonna throw it to the ground and jump on it.
    If we learn from our mistakes, I must be a goddamn genius.

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    I'm still using my Iridium 440. Contract is guaranteed til the end of 2008.
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    Having said that I like compact phones, I have however contemplated ripping out the innards of my old 6162, getting a PRC-6 from an Army/Navy surplus and grafting the electronics from the 6162 into it.

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    Don't have to worry about coverage in the middle of know where with that 6watt baby!

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    Originally posted by WorldIRC
    Don't have to worry about coverage in the middle of know where with that 6watt baby!
    Well... except the original PRC-6 had a TX power output of only 250mW.
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    Samsung something or other, on Sprint service. And I DO talk while I'm driving and riding my bike

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    Never had one.

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    motorola (forgot the model) - 1996~1997
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    i'm planning to get one of those nokia7250s or the 7650s, in a few months i guess.

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    www.howardchui.com - Large Cell Phone review site.
    www.howardforums.com - Forum half of the site.
    www.arcx.com/sites - Cell phone information for GTA and cell reviews.

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    I had one about five years ago. I got rid of it because it was more annoying than suitable for the purpose it served. These things seem to be a constant source of stress for everyone I know who has ever had one - and I know that I'm more relaxed without mine. I tend to agree with Allister, these things are extremely annoying in public.

    I think there will eventually come a time when having a mobile phone go off in the wrong place will be considered socially unacceptable in the same way that smoking is in many places.
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    Originally posted by Chris L
    I had one about five years ago. I got rid of it because it was more annoying than suitable for the purpose it served. These things seem to be a constant source of stress for everyone I know who has ever had one - and I know that I'm more relaxed without mine. I tend to agree with Allister, these things are extremely annoying in public.

    I think there will eventually come a time when having a mobile phone go off in the wrong place will be considered socially unacceptable in the same way that smoking is in many places.
    actually it has started.. Banks and Gas Stations: safety reasons and interference..

    Classrooms and Lecture Rooms... Beware of your proffessor.

    I guess that's why my celphone is on Silent mode and @ Vibration mode almost all the time.

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    Had a cell phone for at least 9 years. Right now I have the Motorola V60 which I like just not the antennae. They are known to break. I take it with me where ever I go. Lost my Nokia 8260 a month ago while working so had to get a replacement and this is all AT&T had in stock that was comparible.
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    Originally posted by Chris L
    I tend to agree with Allister, these things are extremely annoying in public.
    I think there will eventually come a time when having a mobile phone go off in the wrong place will be considered socially unacceptable in the same way that smoking is in many places.
    At each of the three businesses I own and operate, we've got large signs which asks to turn off cell phones upon entering. Roughly 75% of our clients oblige. It is downright annoying and totally improper cell phone ettiquette....if there's such a thing....
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