Is it true that most people barely use the phone feature of the iPhone ?

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  1. DBZmusicboy01 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't use it
    If I do maybe only 5 minutes per week or even less

    It seems many people don't really use it
    Instead they use it for texting and Facebook?
    Is there a way the phone companies can release a data and text only plan?
     
  2. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    I still need the phone for work.

    If this allegation is true, however, Apple would do a bang up job by making a wifi+4G iPod.
     
  3. Iphone5preorder macrumors 6502a

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    I use it to talk to my mom and dad. That's about it.


    No, there is no possible way they can remove the calling features and sell you and SMS data plan only. It's impossible for these multi billion dollar companies to manage that. :cool:
     
  4. bdrake47 macrumors regular

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    Use phone all the time for work.

    And SMS. And data and wifi.

    It would be an interesting metric to see what percentage of iPhone usage is actual phone time though. I'm sure some data analytics co. has that.
     
  5. DoofenshmirtzEI macrumors 6502a

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    True for me, I rarely use the phone function. Email or text, rarely is an actual phone call the best option.
     
  6. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a

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    I use the phone feature of the iphone a lot, maybe 600+ mins per month, it's a phone
     
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  8. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    80% phone, 10% text,email/twitter/instagram. 10% Sonos.
     
  9. Velin macrumors 65816

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    I use the phone the most. Quality speakers, clear connection, and HD Voice are important.
     
  10. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    In theory, is there anything stopping you from buying an unlocked iphone and inserting a mobile wireless sim-card (the kind you put in the ipad)?:confused:
     
  11. Italianblend macrumors 68000

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    Texting is more convenient for me. It doesn't lock me into a conversation. You can read what you wrote before hitting send instead of opening your big mouth and saying something you regret.

    Phone is very little of my usage
     
  12. billycuth macrumors 6502a

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    It's called an ipod touch.
     
  13. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

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    Just checked my account and I have 98 out of100 minutes left and my refresh day is in 6 days. :p
     
  14. maflynn Moderator

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    I use my phone alot. If it wasn't for needing DSL (and my home alarm system), I'd remove the land line.
     
  15. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I'm one of those people who use the phone part of the iPhone the least. I'm not a person given to talking much on the phone.
     
  16. ssls6 macrumors 6502a

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    If by "most" people you mean people under the age of 25, then it's probably true. If by "most" people you mean "most" people, then no.
     
  17. AceMason macrumors regular

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    I barely use the phone mostly just texting. I think most of the younger generation prefers texting.
     
  18. Silken macrumors member

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    I use the call feature for probably less than five minutes every day. iMessage and general surfing are what I use it most for.
     
  19. Iceboie macrumors member

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    I call my wife, parents, sibling, and work and yeah, I do use the phone as a phone often. Hello, it's called an iPhone for a reason. Lol
     
  20. tymaster50 macrumors 68030

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    I barely even use my phone unless it's to text or go on a social network. That's why I have no desire to go seek out a 5S, cause it wouldn't do crap for me lol. Hard enough trying to split my time between GTA V on my ps3, my new mac, learning programming, an xbox360 with 10 AAA games and my girlfriend lol
     
  21. Curun macrumors 6502

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    Even if everyone you know has iphone/android and texting/push email (like me). Maybe I need to call my mechanic, plumber, leasing office, doctor, 911, police when rear ended.
    It's prudent to have 'some' normal telco voice capability even if used rarely.
     
  22. Italianblend macrumors 68000

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    As I recall, ipod touch doesn't have "data." So, we do require the actual iphone to do a lot of our stuff. Just because we aren't using the phone, we still require the cellular connection.
     
  23. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    It's my main "private" phone (home phone has been relegated to phone spam & home contractors) so yes I use the phone part. But I'm middle aged & with that somethings need voice communications & conversations. However, I can't see where HS, college, & recent grads might mostly just text, Tweet, & Facebook.
     
  24. Jsketch macrumors member

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    I think there's an app you can download to turn it into a phone
     
  25. lienhart macrumors 6502

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    I personally don't use it a lot. Why would I if I could just use FaceTime? Everyone basically has an iPhone so it's not really necessary to use the low-quality phone option.
     

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