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The phone that even muggers don´t want
CNBC, by Kelli B. Grant

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Posted By:woofwoofwoof, 12/30/2013 8:21:57 PM

The going rate for flip phones is so low that even thieves reject them. According to a report in the New York Post, a Central Park mugger returned his victim´s cellphone when he saw that it was an older-model flip phone. "I guess he didn´t think he could get anything for it," the victim told the Post. Probably not. "Flip phones, or feature phones, do not have that much resale value anymore," said Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer for trade-in site Gazelle.com.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: watashiyo, 12/30/2013 8:27:32 PM     (No. 9673484)

I own a flip phone and kept it simple.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/30/2013 8:31:50 PM     (No. 9673487)

I got a "state of the art" phone with all the bells and whistles..hated it and gave it to my son. I now have a Jitterbug phone, especially made to be simple, and I love it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/30/2013 8:46:39 PM     (No. 9673499)

I´m so old I can remember when they sold fake cell phones to people who couldn´t afford real cell phones but didn´t want their friends to know about it. Have an expensive Android. When I sneeze the screen changes. But I can´t go back to a POTS. Never admit that a gadget is smarter than you.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: PageTurner, 12/30/2013 9:11:49 PM     (No. 9673515)

I have a cute little Virgin Mobile flip phone and don´t see any reason to change it - it´s cute, it´s bright red so I can see it in my purse, it´s rubbery to the touch and it doesn´t need a case. Not changing.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/30/2013 9:13:17 PM     (No. 9673517)

Candy bar phone. No camera. Works for me.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: horacer, 12/30/2013 9:32:01 PM     (No. 9673526)

I don´t have time to monkey around with smartphones. I have a banana. The rate plans were very appealing.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 12/30/2013 9:39:58 PM     (No. 9673532)

Short story: Had a flip phone. Liked it. Didn´t want a smart phone. Kids nagged me to get smart phone so I could see better pictures of grandson. Grandson won. The End.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: belwhatter, 12/30/2013 9:43:00 PM     (No. 9673539)

Agree with #2, the Jitternbug suits my needs just fine.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jalo1951, 12/30/2013 9:56:40 PM     (No. 9673560)

Funny stuff. I just got a new clam shell phone for Christmas. Don´t want to app or check the web or twitter or play games. Just want to make a few limited calls and send a necessary text or two. To each his own but I don´t want or need the bells or whistles. I am not my phone and have nothing to prove by paying a huge phone bill once a month.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 12/30/2013 10:06:35 PM     (No. 9673569)

My son gave me an iPhone because I lost the little crank I turned to make a call with the old flip up.

Now we have "one-button" dialing to and from Germany where my son lives, lot´s of fun.

I think the little crank will turn up when the snow melts. In April.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: thewarden, 12/30/2013 10:10:08 PM     (No. 9673574)

They won´t want my cheap Trac Phone and that´s the way I like it. I call it my stupid phone.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Lt.Mom, 12/30/2013 10:18:40 PM     (No. 9673584)

I still have my first and only cell phone, a flip phone that suits my needs ok. One day while substitute teaching, I pulled it out to show a class of middle school students. They passed it around, examining it like it was an artefact from an archeological dig.

My preference is to use my land line for most calls, and keep my cell for emergencies or situations when I am not at home and need to make a call.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: chumley, 12/30/2013 10:38:28 PM     (No. 9673597)

Mrs C has an older flip type. I rarely take it anywhere or use it. It is nothing more than an electronic leash.
She can have her phone. I´ll have my freedom.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: annie xango, 12/30/2013 11:28:20 PM     (No. 9673632)

First of all, I am old...but I have had a cell phone since they were in a ...bag...but even now..I am using a flip phone..it does stuff..but I never use the stuff..I just want to be able to make a call and get a call.I don´t want a smart phone, first of all, I hate the touch screen..I already have that on my tablet..it can drive me nuts...so am always glad to get home to my PC..and I ain´t givin´ up my land line either..never, ever..however, glad to know the prevs don´t want my pitiful flip phone...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/31/2013 12:32:05 AM     (No. 9673651)

I first had a cellphone that looked like the walk around phones in your house. When I moved to KY the phone was not powerful enough to reach the nearest tower. This is when flip phones first came out. I got a Motorola because it was the only brand that could reach the tower. All the other famous brand would drop calls.

My flip phone can make and receive calls but I never signed up to connect to the internet so nothing goes out to the web, including pictures the phone can take. Had it about 8 or 9 years now, in fact I can´t even remember when I did get it.

Since I stay home 95% of the time I´m quite happy with my PC.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 12/31/2013 12:45:27 AM     (No. 9673659)

My dumb phone is smarter than me.

For example, when my dumb phone falls and clatters to the floor, it can still remember a phone number.


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