Non-Smartphone for the wife

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Sedrick, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    Here's an odd request. I'm looking for an 'iPhone' like phone for the wife who uses almost none of the iPhone's features. She'd use the camera, phone, music player (maybe) and not much else but a nice size screen is a must.

    Problem is, all the other non-smartphones I see are complete crap. Should I just lump it, turn data off and give her my iPhone 4 (and hope ATT doesn't catch on) or is there an alternative out there I'm missing?

    Any of you in a similar situation?
  2. Calidude, Sep 24, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2012

    Calidude macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    If she's never used a smartphone before, just give her the iPhone. It's less confusing than some of the dumbphones out there trying to be smartphones.

    Windows Phone might work too but she might hate the UI. Yeah, stick with the iPhone.

    Also, unlock that iPhone 4 and ATT likely will not catch on. If they do, tell them to block data for that line since you never bought a smartphone for that line and you'll never pay a dime.
  3. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    Get her an Android phone and just remove all of the icons that would take her to features that she doesn't know how to use.

    Nexus S would be your best bet.
  4. doomfront macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    Are companies still producing feature phones? I haven't seen any new ones in a while
  5. Sedrick thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    There's a few of them out there, but they suck big time.

    Wife uses my iphone all the time, but it just seems over-kill to use it only for phone calls and a camera. Probably be the route I go and just shut off data.
  6. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    Won't AT&T detect it's an iPhone as soon as the IMEI is recognised (if you go for the iP4 solution)?

    Not entirely sure how it works over there but I have read posts on people that were forced into a data plan thanks to AT&T detecting the phone type. :(
  7. Sedrick thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    They say they'll get you, but I've had a 3GS (given to my son) in use for a year (with data switched off on the phone) and no added data plan yet. I think if you go into it with your phone's data turned off, they either don't care or are less likely to care...
  8. sarcosis, Sep 24, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2012

    sarcosis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2006
    These United States
    Why not just give her your old phone and get her the cheapo data package? Otherwise, shutting off your data is probably your best bet and hope AT&T doesn't find out.
  9. AllieNeko macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2003
    AT&T WILL catch on, VERY quickly. Even the codes like CENRC to disable IMEI auditing don't apply to iPhones.

    Problem is, as you noted, the camera sucks on all other phones.

    You could get her something like this -

    But understand it's JUNK. You get what you pay for. That thing has 256MB of RAM which is NOT ENOUGH TO RUN ANDROID WELL BECAUSE ANDROID IS JAVA BASED WITH A JIT COMPILER - THAT EATS RAM. NO 3G, NOTHING. TOTAL JUNK

    But for a $79 non-smartphone (in AT&T's system), hey, it ... kinda works and has the look


    I'd LOVE to know the feature codes on his line, as far as I knew there wasn't a code to stop Apple devices from being audited for data plans.
  10. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    This is close to what I'm going to do for my wife: she loves her old flipphone, but does now want to do easier texting and get into email some. She also sometimes takes pictures and wants to view them as well.

    However, she's bad with touchscreens, and is constantly hitting the wrong button or getting into some homescreen re-design mode.


    So my plan is to give her my old Incredible, with Big Launcher installed as the default homescreen app.

    Big Launcher is actually for people with poor vision (which fits her as well without her reading glasses), but has two wonderful attributes I like:

    1) You can turn on a PIN to modify the screen. That way, she cannot accidentally screw things up or delete icons, etc.

    2) It's really easy to set up. You can create 1 to x number of screens. Then you add icons on each screen that launch an app, a contact, a link, or another screen. As she learns more, I'll add more apps and more screens.

    Perfect for small kids and grandparents, too.

  11. Sedrick thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    Hey, that might be an idea, thanks, I'll send the link to my wife...
  12. The Robot Cow macrumors 6502

    The Robot Cow

    Sep 12, 2012
    Central California
    I know on android you can simply turn off the data from the carrier(its worked for a few friends and a couple cousins of mine). I'm not so sure on iphone tho. If you can turn off the data just do that.

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