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Dr. J 25,032 3,353 August 31, 2015 at 09:54 AM More Amazon Deals
LSS - Added IL's to my ATT plan nearly a year ago - they came from Verizon (and were being raped, btw). MIL wanted a S5 - bought it off Swappa. FIL had an old VZ slider phone but in moving to ATT I took a long time to find a good, inexpensive phone for him and got a BLU Advance 4.0 [amazon.com]. I figured - smartphones are cheap enough, why not get something that's a bit more vesatile?

I think it's a fine phone considering it's < $100 and is technically a smartphone meaning much more versatile and CHEAPER than any "feature" phone I could get at the time ("feature" phone meaning not a "plain" phone but not technically a "smart" phone). Yes, for some reason, sliders seem to be expensive even though most are not smartphones.

Well he's been bitching about it on and off... I think he just doesn't know how to use it (or rather, doesn't WANT to know how) and winds up "breaking it" from time to time (usually messes up a setting or 2).

I'm fed up with the BS and will just get him what he wants.. a slider phone - but it seems the selection for slider GSM phones is limited (even searching on GSMArena). I'd like it <$100. Doesn't need anything fancy, a camera would be nice (even if the photos are shit), of course texting blah blah but absolutely a slider.

Ideas?
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LSS - Added IL's to my ATT plan nearly a year ago - they came from Verizon (and were being raped, btw). MIL wanted a S5 - bought it off Swappa. FIL had an old VZ slider phone but in moving to ATT I took a long time to find a good, inexpensive phone for him and got a BLU Advance 4.0 [amazon.com]. I figured - smartphones are cheap enough, why not get something that's a bit more vesatile?

I think it's a fine phone considering it's < $100 and is technically a smartphone meaning much more versatile and CHEAPER than any "feature" phone I could get at the time ("feature" phone meaning not a "plain" phone but not technically a "smart" phone). Yes, for some reason, sliders seem to be expensive even though most are not smartphones.

Well he's been bitching about it on and off... I think he just doesn't know how to use it (or rather, doesn't WANT to know how) and winds up "breaking it" from time to time (usually messes up a setting or 2).

I'm fed up with the BS and will just get him what he wants.. a slider phone - but it seems the selection for slider GSM phones is limited (even searching on GSMArena). I'd like it <$100. Doesn't need anything fancy, a camera would be nice (even if the photos are shit), of course texting blah blah but absolutely a slider.

Ideas?
I doubt buying him "what he wants" will fix anything. I'd say he needs to make the choice and purchase himself in order to have some ownership of the phone. Make suggestions but let him make the choice and purchase. I'd express that support for non-recommended phones will be limited. I've personally had a few too many relatives ask for advice about things like this, completely ignore the advice, and then expect help picking up the inevitable pieces.

Sliders have really fallen out of favor, but there are a few still in existence. You have to be careful, as some are only 2G and the 2G sunset is right around the corner. Do not buy a 2G phone! Many sliders only support 3G not LTE. You might think doesn't matter, but, some areas have better LTE reception than 3G reception.

A search on newegg yields some slides but some things on the list are there by mistake: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...0600052166

Blackberry's upcoming "venice" slider could be a spendy option: http://crackberry.com/blackberrys...ember-2015

I agree a smartphone makes more sense. Something like samsung's easy mode could help. I have an Aunt who wouldn't be able to handle a smart phone either, she still thinks despite a 20+ year campaign on my part that the phone company will charge her more (or it will cause some other indescribable problem) if she uses touch tone dialing instead of pule dialing on her landline phone. She also refuses to use an answering machine, believes her tv is less likely to break if she leaves it on 24/7, and of course buys into all the fox news propaganda about CFL bulbs. So it could be worse...
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..note that att will drop 2G/Edge in 2017 so might be a good idea to avoid 2G/Edge devices.
To be more precise, 2G networks will be shutdown BY 1/1/2017. Meaning 2G service will slowly get worse as we approach 2017. It will also vary by market as some markets have more 2G customers, but 2G will shutdown everywhere 1/1/2017.

So a 2G phone is looking at a year or less of useful life.
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Off the top of my head
Pantech Ease P2020
Pantech Laser P9050
LG Expression C395
LG Quantum C900
Samsung Captivate Glide I927.
Most of these are feature phones, sadly sliders are near extinct in the smartphone market. Used the Laser myself for several years and enjoyed it, though it does use a resistive touch screen.
I think the Captivate is the only one with 4G.
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Getting your FIL an antiquated phone that still runs gingerbread is another can of worms you don't want.
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I agree a smartphone makes more sense. Something like samsung's easy mode could help. I have an Aunt who wouldn't be able to handle a smart phone either, she still thinks despite a 20+ year campaign on my part that the phone company will charge her more (or it will cause some other indescribable problem) if she uses touch tone dialing instead of pule dialing on her landline phone. She also refuses to use an answering machine, believes her tv is less likely to break if she leaves it on 24/7, and of course buys into all the fox news propaganda about CFL bulbs. So it could be worse...
I'm surprised the option still even exists to not use touch tone.
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I'm surprised the option still even exists to not use touch tone.
Me too! Facepalm Up until a couple years ago, she was paying around $50/mo for 100 min/month from Verizon for her cell phone. That's not the kind of plan you want to be grandfathered into...

Although pulse dialing can bypass some stubborn IVRs, but they can't all detect it. And if you have a non-rotary phone, pressing * will temporarily switch to touch tone for IVR interaction, but my Aunt won't learn this little trick either. She has an old Pentium I that get turned once every couple years, but the keyboard has a short and unless it's positioned just right it won't boot. I need to ship her a "new" AT keyboard one of these days... run and hide. run and hide.
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Getting your FIL an antiquated phone that still runs gingerbread is another can of worms you don't want.

Well update. He has a friend that's a fair techie of sorts and whose opinion he values. He's convinced him to get a UHappy 520 (apparently the friend has this phone). That's fine since it's his friend that usually winds up fixing his current BLU phone when he messes up the settings (at most I see the FIL on weekends usually).

I really thought that once he got used to the touch interface and the versatility of a smartphone he'd begin to like it. It's just like everything else though, you get what you pay for - a ~ $60 smartphone isn't going to have an awesome screen or be large (easier to see and type).

Thanks everyone for the input.
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There are cases with Bluetooth "slider" keyboards built in for iPhones and popular android phones and some generic ones too.

Quality is iffy but another way to go.
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