The Lounge is rated Safe For Work. If you're about to post something inappropriate for a shared office environment, then don't post it. No ads, no abuse, and no programming questions. Trolling, (political, climate, religious or whatever) will result in your account being removed.
So my LG Flip Phone has just about had it. Battery, even a new one, drains within a day or two (even if not used) and the signal strength oscillates. Voices are broken up most of the time. It's 3G and probably spends it energy looking for unavailable towers.
New flip phone: hard to find and those I did are very costly
So I get this BLU G5 Plus - about $US 100 . After moving the SIM and charging I turn it on. First thing after selecting a language is their privacy terms. Basically I have no privacy at all. If I don't agree then I can't use the phone. No Opt Out possible.
Now, the online search I should have done first: they basically suck. The 's have an un-removable and non-disableable application that sends everything you do and everywhere you go to a location in Shanghai. It also installs un-asked-for applications. It turns out the FCC smacked them on the wrist last year - as though they cared.
Well - fortunately I didn't install either of the screen protectors or throw away anything from the box. All repacked (w/out my SIM) and back it goes. Thanks a lot, uncle Xi.
The details aren't necessary, but two of the pins in the LG SIM slot are missing - it can't see the card.
Have you looked at refurbished phones?
They're old second-hand phones, but fixed so they work like new.
Or so I've been told.
I've seen quite a few Nokia 3310's because those were popular back in the day.
No doubt they also refurbish flip phones.
Can't tell you whether they're expensive though (i.e. they're cheap alternatives or hipster retro).
I'm all into newer phones so I can't tell you where to buy and who to trust, but I'm sure you'll find some good sellers using your best Google-fu.
Good luck in your search for old, reliable, simple tech
Older phones not likely to have 4G - and as 3G is phased out I would find myself in the situation I had with the LG 3G Flip Phone. Burning out the battery searching for towers and poor quality voice because the towers were few and the connection unstable.
Refurbs? I do buy refurb'ed technology - the PC I'm using now, connected by HDMI to a TV is VM'ing into work where I RDT to my desktop. No point in buying new and amazing when it's mostly just a connection point (and also a place to play Dungeon Crawl).
But the real problem is privacy - at least if I have a chance to opt-out and/or remove/disable applications I can work on it and so live with it. Chinese brands are, unless proven otherwise, infested with spyware.
At least, to make things somewhat easier, I have no device requirements for the phone beyond privacy and reliable/audible conversations. When I take pictures I (amazingly enough) use a camera. I don't keep my ears plugged as I go through life - hearing and seeing the world live and first person
And you think only the Chinese do this, my samsung has 52+ (I haven't counted recently) applications it "updates" when I let it. I use probably 10 and have installed only 5 of those. The wife (who does not know what Play Store is) has samsung that dings at her all the time for some unknown reason.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity -
I'm old. I know stuff - JSOP
I feel it's a waste to spend $100 on a phone - the phone I'm replacing is an LG450.
I use the damn thing as a telephone - only. Voice and voice mail, period.
And - at a risk of becoming a rant - anyone who'd spend in the neighborhood of $1000 for a phone is ing nuts . . . and nuts is so damn polite compared to the place on their own anatomy I believe they use for a ski-mask.
Good point! Driver's Ed doesn't teach driving. I'm not sure what it teaches, but it sure doesn't teach driving--unless you live in a Nordic country like Belgium or Norway--there, they are required to teach such things as control skids, power slides, etc., because of icy roads.
Self driving cars? You'll never use a bank, airplane, or mobile phone again ...
TBH: compared to the quality of driving you get from trained, licenced, apparently legal drivers I suspect that a self driving car that drove itself into a tree one trip out of a thousand would be preferable company on the roads. It won't get drunk. It won't read the paper, text its mates, perform sex acts, disappear to have a rummage in the glove box, or just have such an intense chat with a passenger that eye contact is essential for minutes at a time. It won't let itself out on the road if it has a serious car defect, or if it's been disqualified, isn't insured, or - possibly - even stolen.
It won't drive the wrong way into traffic to get away from the police, it won't deliberate drive though pedestrian areas, it won't drive 10cm from your rear bumper because it's in a hurry - if it does, it's talking to the car in front and savign road space and energy.
Persuade me that all human drivers are better than that, before you try to prevent self driving cars ...
In a generation, manual driving will probably be frowned upon like drunk driving is today, and will almost certainly be illegal.
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
AntiTwitter: @DalekDave is now a follower!
Agree it's a generational thing, and will become widely adopted over time. Happens through a combination of better self-driving vehicles and acceptance by society that's (now) used to it. Remember how people used to value their private information? But, you grow up in a society where that's not valued, you don't know any different.
In terms of whether I'd trust it, depends. I believe in the power of technology to overcome complex problems--eventually. Agree also that it can become better than most drivers today (myself included of course--though I'm an excellent driver [Dustin Hoffman voice] )
The first many iterations, I'd want an attentive attendant ready to take over to (hopefully) avoid any more of the problems we've seen. I don't have a feel for how many real-world iterations we'd need until we could say, "yeah, this is safe enough and ready for production."