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Cell phone recommendations for someone who uses camera and internet, has no cell coverage

I live where there is no radio, TV, or cell phone signal. We do have good wi-fi.  I have never owned a cell phone because there has never been coverage here, probably nevr will be.  Therefore, I don't know them well.  Does it make sense for me to get a semi-inexpensive phone to use the camera and internet only?  Internet could allow for direct deposit of checks not possible without a cell phone.  What model phones could I get cost effectively (second hand, or not latest model?) that would not require paying for cell service, serve this purpose, and have a good camera?  Would appreciate your recommendations of startegy or specific models.  Thank you, ...cj

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Re: Cell phone recommendations for someone who uses camera and internet, has no cell coverage

Some quick thoughts while you are waiting for an answer....

  • if you plan to be using a lot of public wifi... seriously consider adding a VPN to encrypt your financial activities.
  • visit the store and check out each phone model.  Premium phones have better touch screen senstiviity
  • Premium phones offer better battery life.
  • if you don't have radio and TV... do you have power?  Smartphones need to be charged more daily or more with heavy use.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations for someone who uses camera and internet, has no cell coverage

We have power and semi high speed internet.  No radio, TV, or cell because we're in a beautiful, deep canyon.  We have excellent computer and internet access at home.  Only home use of phone would be to photo checks and deposit them via internet, or as a camera.  Appreciate the encryptionand VOIP recommendations.  Would appreciate camera and internet use of the phone when traveling.  Having never had a cell phone, I don't know which models fall in which categories.  Would really appreciate recommendations of specific cost effective models for using internet and camera but not phone...   Thank you, ...cj 

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Re: Cell phone recommendations for someone who uses camera and internet, has no cell coverage

XL has some good points.  However, I would say if do not have cell phone coverage where you live and never will then I would suggest not spending $600-800 on a cell phone.  Which is about what you spend for a good quality phone.

 

Instead I think you should look at an iPad or a Microsoft Surface

 

The new ipads can take outstanding photos. you can use them more effectivly for email, social media, shopping and direct deposite of checks.

 

The phone would be worthless without WiFi and I don't think I would be able to justify the extra expense.  

 

The top of the line iPad Pro 12.9" is normally about $900 and other than the fact that it cannot make phone calls will simply blow any current phone out of the water for most practical purposes.

 

But that is top of the line.  

 

The iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi with 128 GB of memory  For it's much lower price may be a better bet.  And, in my opinion sitll be significantly more functional than a phone used for the same purpose. 

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Re: Cell phone recommendations for someone who uses camera and internet, has no cell coverage

Hello cjenv, 

It's awesome to hear you're interested in purchasing a phone for internet and camera purposes! I'm sure living in the canyon is absolutely gorgeous, and there's some scenery you would love to capture on camera, aside from simply depositing checks. 

With that said, to get one of the best smartphone cameras, you would likely need to purchase a higher end smartphone, such as a Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 7, LG G5, or Google Pixel. These will cost around $800 or more. However, if you're looking to compromise a bit to lower the price, you may consider the Honor 8 (unlocked at $399.99), or checking out some older generations of iPhone, such as the iPhone 6s (around $600) or iPhone SE (around $500). Please keep in mind that we also may have unlockd versions of the iPhone 6s or SE with varying prices. 

However, bobberuchi has made some great points. An iPad Air may be the better way to go for your needs. While it may be larger than a phone this also means it's a larger screen to use with your apps, whether handling finances or simply perusing social media. 

I hope this helps! 

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