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Feb 7, 2016 1:01 AM # 
Yes, but who provides your service? I will take the plunge in the next few weeks.
Feb 7, 2016 11:49 PM # 
We use US Cellular for a variety of reasons that might not apply to you (it started with best coverage for the Maine coast in 2004). I was told by a friend who probably would know that AT&T provides the best coverage. There's Verizon. I don't know. We've had a contract with US Cellular for nearly 10 yrs. I still owed $127 on the cell phone I lost.

All and all, it seems to get complicated, every where, every time. Ask around, do a bunch of investigating. Eg, I paid $505 (to US Cellular) for an iPhone 6S, $21/mo over 24 mos. There's buying a phone from Apple etc. I'll try to minimize data use - the old contract is for a small amount but can be changed. I'll use wifi when I can. It's new & seems odd to walk into the house/wifi range and the phone in my pocket makes an email 'bong' sound.
Feb 8, 2016 10:58 PM # 
You can adjust your "notifications", I'm sure, so it doesn't alert you for every email. I turned off my email alerts, and just get text alerts and the normal phone ring tone for calls. Congrats on the iPhone!
Feb 8, 2016 11:38 PM # 
Yes, it has lots of stuff to play around with. I can see how some might make it a permanent "body part" :-). I'm also attracted to the idea of dictating emails. I'm not a Siri fan (have had that as an iPad option) but might exercise that possibility more now, too, in the spirit of trying things out.
Feb 9, 2016 11:54 PM # 
The iPhone has become a universal "problem" out here on the slopes. They're everywhere - lifts, lines, restaurants, middle of the slopes, walking through town. Always the attachment to the ear or checking or creating text messages. And no, haven't succumbed yet but may have to as so much seems to only be accessible with the "smart" phone.
Feb 10, 2016 9:56 AM # 
Sounds like you are just now experiencing the downside of technology that we´ve seen here in Sweden. When travelling I´ve noticed that Swedish people - especially the younger generation but also the older - are totally glued to their cell phones to a much greater extent than in other countries.
I have to admit that Í´m "part time" addicted myself but at least I realise that it´s getting to be too much and that I should cut back a bit...
Feb 10, 2016 5:24 PM # 
Yes, the ability to say enough is enough is key. I don't think the teens to, say 40 somethings, can do that as easily as those of us who managed perfectly fine without. Our grandchild (age 22 now) at the last two fairly recent visits brought her phone to the dinner table to steal glances for incoming texts until we gently "disallowed" it by power of suggestion.

I'm glad to go off to work without the ability to view AP or email. I can't do it with work computers and that's fine with me. Maybe call it "fresh air time".

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