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Old 06-04-2020, 05:19 AM
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I carry one to work with and to tether my laptop to. I work on too many makes and models of multiple years to even think about carrying the manuals. OTOH, I use only prepaid services and change phones/providers every so often. Step one in my disappearance plan is to ditch whatever phone I have at the time.
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Old 06-06-2020, 07:36 AM
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with some out in the marketplace with uhf or vhf functionality the capacity or of cell phone enabled devices being used as a portable radio may be handy for some.

though reality is once the SHTF warning bells go up there isn't much that can be done you have at most an hour at most in the 1st 12 hours of 1st 24 hours to be off that streets once once the emergency call centers crap out and the cell phone networks **** themselves you're without telecommunications unless you own a sat phone or 10..

outside of owning hardware that can communicate 21-50MHz 108-520MHz 800-950MHz, 1-5GHz SAT BAND..

If not already done so, I would suggest may purchasing ex-military radio trucks if it is within your means to do so...
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Old 06-06-2020, 07:46 AM
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Can you survive? Yes.
But if you are in any kind of business or career field that requires you to have access to emails and internet... you probably need a smart phone or 2
If all you do is stay home ... doing nothing.....probably not needed

I carry 2 smart phones daily.
iPhone for provided and paid for. Verizon
Samsung S8.... personal ...T Mobile

One is guaranteed to always have a signal ...both have Hotspot and unlimited data
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Old 06-10-2020, 04:47 PM
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I probably wouldn't have one, but I'm driven by women.
First it was my wife, who wanted to be up-to-date and got
a cheap TracFone, with service paid in advance.
When she upgraded from that, she pushed it on me~!
OK, so now I have that, and I buy a minutes card every 3 months
for about $21, so it costs $7 a month. Makes voice calls,
does text messages, very clunky to use, but I'm not complaining.

This past Christmas, however, the two 20-something daughters got
involved and presented me with a new iPhone. Not the latest model,
but far advanced over the TracFone (which I kept.)

So now the FBI, CIA, KGB, and Mossad have two ways to track my movements.

Ain't got no apps. Don't order no pizza; don't pay McDonalds with it;
don't link locations with my friend group; don't use facebook or Twitter
or whatever other thing is current, no GPS.

By not doing those things I give the wife and daughters the illusion
that they are more tech-savvy than I am. So they get to look up the airline
schedules and order the take-out. Ha~!..Ha~!..Ha~!..Ha~!..Ha~!..
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Old 06-10-2020, 04:49 PM
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By the way:

I was in the company of a Muslim lady once
when prayer time came up.

She pulled out the phone, and it told her the direction of Mecca~!
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