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GalileoSeven

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Jan 3, 2015
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Never thought I'd see the day when one of my parents would pick up a smartphone, but my Dad finally did. He'd been using a TracFone forever, but recently (for the past couple months), he's been having to load minutes more than usual (thanks to doing more talking & texting than he had been).

He wanted to go with an actual carrier and a plan that would give him more flexibility and so I spent about 45 mins on an email that explained the ins/outs of the major carriers & their plans/pricing as well as phones (basic ones and then smartphones, both Apple and Android).

A good buddy of his got an iPhone 6S through Cricket a while back and after some deliberation, Dad elected to do the same.

I didn't think I'd enjoy explaining the ins and outs (apps, iCloud etc) to him as much as I have, but it's been a blast so far. He's liking it pretty well and I think, unless he encounters some issue/obstacle I can't help him with, he'll be using iPhones for a while to come ???
 

staggerlee41

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Sep 25, 2017
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Pittsburgh, PA
One of the best things I ever did was get my father an iPad because he learned iOS on that. Then he got my hand me downs, a 4S and 6S. He used that up until he passed away. He absolutely loved iPhone and his iPad for that matter. He checked mail, used Messages, surfed the web, everything.

Same with my mother, she was reluctant to move away from a flip phone. That phone was so old it never kept a charge, we bought several batteries. It didn't have the 911 feature on it that would inform them of last known location, I convinced her it was time to get a new phone. We went to Verizon, she talked with them about what they suggest for seniors and they suggested iPhone. She got inquisitive and asked what all it could do, she was amazed. She's using an iPhone 8 and loves it!

Great to see you have a good mindset about helping your father get accustomed to new technology and really cool that he's interested in learning! Enjoy that time together, it is priceless. I'd give anything to be talking with my father about how to do something on his iPhone.
 

GalileoSeven

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Jan 3, 2015
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Yeah - I told him ".......now if only we could get Mom used to it as easily."

My Dad got her an Android device (a Motorola something?) through TracFone and she didn't really take to it (she does use it for phone calls on occasion, but not near as much as my Dad uses his), so my Dad poked around with it a bit (why I offered up some Android recommendations to him initially).

Even though she's not as technically inclined and would require a lot more patience to teach, I still think she'd have a blast if she could get used to something similar to my Dad's iPhone.

Either way, yeah, this time together is definitely a good thing :)
 

Tsepz

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Jan 24, 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Never thought I'd see the day when one of my parents would pick up a smartphone, but my Dad finally did. He'd been using a TracFone forever, but recently (for the past couple months), he's been having to load minutes more than usual (thanks to doing more talking & texting than he had been).

He wanted to go with an actual carrier and a plan that would give him more flexibility and so I spent about 45 mins on an email that explained the ins/outs of the major carriers & their plans/pricing as well as phones (basic ones and then smartphones, both Apple and Android).

A good buddy of his got an iPhone 6S through Cricket a while back and after some deliberation, Dad elected to do the same.

I didn't think I'd enjoy explaining the ins and outs (apps, iCloud etc) to him as much as I have, but it's been a blast so far. He's liking it pretty well and I think, unless he encounters some issue/obstacle I can't help him with, he'll be using iPhones for a while to come

Congratulations to your Dad!
 
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