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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #50 on: May 20, 2018, 05:42:34 AM »
Thank you very much for your help and insights over the years Daley, it's been much appreciated. :)

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #51 on: May 20, 2018, 07:52:38 AM »
I've said it before - you rule. Thanks for the countless hours over the years guiding the community on this one bit of our financial lives.

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #52 on: May 20, 2018, 07:58:53 AM »
I appreciate the kind words everyone. It is my sincerest hope that where and when possible, a greater wisdom than "how to save money" may have still shone through... even despite myself and my hypocrisy.

What is your next adventure, if youíre willing to share?

I really don't know, exactly. But that's part of the faith - just trust that He will continue to keep His promises and that He has you if you're willing to shema (hear, listen and do) and come to Him through Yeshua.

It would do my heart great joy to see a return of the Acts 2 church in my lifetime. I'd like to be a part of that if it did.
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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #53 on: May 21, 2018, 10:25:06 AM »
Hi, I've got a cell phone question (I realize IP Daley is resigning but maybe others can help?).

I've had Republic for a few years (paying about $13-$15/month) and been happy with the service.  I have a couple year old Moto E 2nd gen that Ive been happy with until recently.

I mainly use my phone--in order of importance--for podcasts, navigating with offline maps (both driving and hiking), and texting/calling.

My phone's had a broken screen for a few months, the gps has become much more sluggish to locate where I am (it sometimes fails completely, in both google maps and OSMandroid, I assume this is the phone but I'm not sure, the OSM app I bought is no longer supported and they've moved to subscriptions service I haven't signed up for yet), and the phone in general seems to be slowing down.  None of these are huge problems.

However, a problem that just started and has been quite frustrating, is that the headphone jack seems to be wearing out. Podcasts frequently stop playing (because it thinks I've unplugged the headphones...this will happen when I put the phone in my pocket, or take a step, or move--anything that jiggles the jack).

The headphone jack seems clear that it wore out from use.  The other issues I'm unsure if it's just from the phone "deteriorating" or because the phone is an older model.  I was hoping to get some suggestions to replace it.

It seems I can get a moto e 2nd gen for about $50 (XT1529 from B&H).  But I'm unsure if I shouldn't buy a newer phone so that it won't become quickly obsolete or unsupported.  Moto E4's seem to be about 3x as much which seems like more than I'd want to pay.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!

PS:  My girlfriend doesn't have a smartphone, and wouldn't pay for one--for frugality and ethical reasons, but would probably appreciated having my old Moto to use for the offline maps and navigating.
PPS: sorry for the long first post.

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #54 on: May 21, 2018, 03:07:15 PM »
Get Bluetooth accessories. Every phone Iíve ever had has had the headphone jack break on it.

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #55 on: May 21, 2018, 05:34:23 PM »
I'd suggest that there might be compacted lint and fluff in the headphone port that's preventing the headphones from being fully plugged in. Maybe try and pick out some lint (using something preferably not metal) and see if that helps :)

Worst case, maybe you can DIY a headphone port replacement.

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #56 on: May 22, 2018, 05:40:06 AM »
Thank you @Daley for all your help, I have learned so much from you. And thank you for being willing to share your knowledge and your timely responses to almost every question asked of you, that couldn't have been easy with everything else going on in real life :-). You will be missed, good luck with your future endeavors!!

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #57 on: June 16, 2018, 04:39:22 PM »
Motorola, why you no sell unlocked Moto E5s???

If the price of E4s drops enough I might get one of those instead too...


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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #58 on: June 29, 2018, 12:00:14 AM »
Glad I procrastinated, this guy came along since I last looked:

https://www.amazon.com/Nokia-3-1-16-GB-Unlocked-Smartphone/dp/B07DDBQ67F/

Pre-ordered one, now I just need a case for the clumsy future owner...

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #59 on: July 11, 2018, 08:40:55 PM »
Glad I procrastinated, this guy came along since I last looked:

https://www.amazon.com/Nokia-3-1-16-GB-Unlocked-Smartphone/dp/B07DDBQ67F/

Pre-ordered one, now I just need a case for the clumsy future owner...
No bloat and fast, great buy for this price point, would order again. $600 flagships are for the birds, y'all.

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #60 on: July 12, 2018, 02:36:58 AM »
Glad I procrastinated, this guy came along since I last looked:

https://www.amazon.com/Nokia-3-1-16-GB-Unlocked-Smartphone/dp/B07DDBQ67F/

Pre-ordered one, now I just need a case for the clumsy future owner...
No bloat and fast, great buy for this price point, would order again. $600 flagships are for the birds, y'all.

Congrats! Glad you like it.

Flagship pricing is crazy nowadays (especially here in Australia). Is a Galaxy S9 (or iPhone) really four times as good as a Nokia 3.1 or Moto G5S?

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #61 on: July 13, 2018, 11:31:10 AM »
Does anyone have experience/opinions on Red Pocket Mobile? I'm currently on a Walmart Family Mobile plan that costs $25/month for 1 GB of data. I'm considering their $15/month plan with 1GB of data and 1000 texts/1000 minutes. Coverage map looks like it will be alright. Thanks!

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #62 on: July 18, 2018, 06:11:35 AM »
I use Red Pocket (their Verizon CDMA version, rather than their ATT GSM offering). It took a few calls to set up, probably because the CDMA plan was new to them and I had a bonus month. Since then things have gone well.

Iím on the $10/month plan (500 minutes, 500 texts, 500mb), which works quite well for my low needs.

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #63 on: August 13, 2018, 08:52:51 PM »
Read an article today, it's worth paying attention to: Ajit Pai loses in courtóFCC canít kill broadband subsidy in Tribal areas - Ars Technica

I bring this to your attention because the outcome of this is very important. I am glad the US Court of Appeals has blocked the FCC decision to drastically alter Lifeline services, but am unsure how long that may last and how far up the flag pole this gets run. If you like affordable phone service at all, you need to understand why this stay is a good thing, and know about the FCC's Lifeline services plans and what's coming along with the collateral damage if they push this through anyway.

This will impact far more than just Lifeline customers. Many of the MVNOs in this country have to scrap it out for survival with a not insignificant Lifeline user base on their own rolls, and Ajit Pai is ramrodding these plans through because, "limiting the use of subsidies to buy service from resellers will encourage carriers to build their own networks." Similar has increasingly happened with independent and smaller ISPs providing expanded Lifeline. The reality is this will damage the wholesale reseller telecoms industry in this country across the board, and one has to wonder how these miracle networks Pai boasts about will be built when the phone pole owners refuse competition access (see Google Fiber in Nashville against AT&T and Comcast, for example), many municipalities support wired communications monopolies and duopolies, and most of the useful wireless spectrum in this country is already owned by five, sorry, soon to be four mega corporations (only if you count USCC as sufficiently large enough to even qualify as a national mobile network).

It's also hanging the poor out to dry. AT&T dropped all their Lifeline customers off on wholesalers and MVNOs last year, now the FCC is trying to push out wholesale providers for Lifeline customers, despite the fact that it's the resellers who are now the only ones providing reasonably priced monthly service packages in the first place. And let's not even get started with the fact that this is for the most part over a less than $10 monthly subsidy that barely covers much service in the first place when it may be your only source of communications available... and this is a service that currently supports over 12 million subscribers.

This disgusts me. We've made it illegal in this country for people to live in ramshackle huts without electricity, doubly so with children involved if you want to send them to public school or lose them to CPS. We've made it impossible for minimum wage workers to work without having phone access. Then we treat them like they're spoiled because they (by necessity) have refrigerators, stoves and cellphones and juggling between bills just trying to stay afloat...

You want to know one of the biggest reasons that contributed to why I couldn't keep doing the guide and shut down the website? This. This right here. The heartlessness, the cruelty, and the corruption in the modern US telecom industry. Don't think you're immune because you're not living hand to mouth. Your impoverished neighbors are the canaries in your societal coal mine, and it's policies just like these that are getting pushed through all layers of government right now.

It breaks my heart, no matter how much I saw it coming. Any society that so devalues human life for the sake of such personal greed cannot practice true justice. Greed ruins lives. I mourn with poor, the broken hearted, the sick, the orphans, the immigrants, and the marginalized of this land. My hope is neither here or now, but frankly it's hard living through it all the same.
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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #64 on: August 14, 2018, 09:53:06 AM »
Thanks Daley.

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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #65 on: September 19, 2018, 09:17:13 PM »
Has anyone tried to take an Android phone and removing anything Google from it?

I'm kinda tempted to try something like that on my old Moto G as an experiment. I'm guessing installing LineageOS but not the Google apps is the way to go (Replicant seems to have very limited device support)? F-Droid or some other app store would be the go.

It'd be possibly a bridge too far for my daily phone though. :)

EDIT: Tried it tonight, my old Moto that was limited to Lollipop by Motorola is now running Nougat. No Google apps/services to be seen. Kinda neat.
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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #66 on: September 20, 2018, 06:57:24 AM »
Has anyone tried to take an Android phone and removing anything Google from it?

I had actually experimented extensively with such a beast using Resurrection Remix on an old Moto E a few months back, trying to see if I could actually stomach leaving Windows Mobile with or without enough Microsoft apps in the Play store.

The setup used F-Droid, Yalp Store (Yalp was the only third party source of Play Apps I found where dev signatures consistently matched with Google's store apps), UnifiedNLP (no GAPPS) with RadioCells backend, and FakeGapps to satisfy any Microsoft (or other, say, FreedomPop) apps that overly relied on the Google infrastructure.

I tried a full Microsoft-centric experience (both their launcher and various Windows style tile launchers, Cortana, Outlook for mail and calendar, Office, OneNote, Authenticator, News, Weather, Groove, SwiftKey, etc.). I also tried a less network-services tied "dumber phone" configuration using most of Tibor Kaputa's Simple Mobile Tools.

It worked both ways. It was usable. It wasn't nice enough to pry my cheap as dirt and still updating Lumia from my hands, but if I were forced to go back to Android instead of just wholly abandoning using a mobile device? I could probably make it work, and prefer it over the full-blown Google experience. I'll miss the Windows launcher and tiles, though. Just because you can make Android's launcher look like Windows Phone doesn't mean you can actually convincingly make it behave like Windows Phone (especially the dash, and yes, even Cortana). It was easier for me to accept Android's limitations when I wasn't trying to ape the Windows Phone UI and constantly being reminded that this monstrosity ain't that. Heh.
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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #67 on: September 22, 2018, 06:10:38 AM »
I had actually experimented extensively with such a beast using Resurrection Remix on an old Moto E a few months back, trying to see if I could actually stomach leaving Windows Mobile with or without enough Microsoft apps in the Play store.

The setup used F-Droid, Yalp Store (Yalp was the only third party source of Play Apps I found where dev signatures consistently matched with Google's store apps), UnifiedNLP (no GAPPS) with RadioCells backend, and FakeGapps to satisfy any Microsoft (or other, say, FreedomPop) apps that overly relied on the Google infrastructure.

Ah nice, I hadnít heard of Yalp store. Iíve tried F-Droid and Aptoide. The idea of using Ďalternativesí to the Google Play services is interesting.

Iíve actually decided to temporarily switch to the Motorola (running LineageOS 14.1) for a week or so (Iíve been on my phone too much and Iíd like to change that). Tomorrow night Iím going to install a bunch of apps I want to keep (a podcast app, a public transport app and a messaging app or two, and maybe Spotify), and remove almost everything else, including the web browser, email client and any app store, and then switch in my SIM.

Removing the siren call of the web browser in my pocket for a while should help with any bad habits Iíve developed. Anything important enough can wait until I get home.

Some of the main apps have become ridiculously bloated, so maybe some of the Ďalternativeí or FOSS ones are lighter.
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Re: Communications & Tech Discussion Thread #2
« Reply #68 on: September 22, 2018, 12:53:23 PM »