Most people fixate on the price of the handset, but what you are really buying is a $3000 2-year contract for phone service. It's almost a razors and razorblades thing. Your handset cost is almost incidental in the whole equation.
I believe the US TCO on an iPhone is a little more than $3000, and for an Android phone a little less (because Android users tend to consume fewer packets, apps, and digital contents, as a matter of course.
So to put it another way, if you get an iPhone, statistically speaking you are likely to use it more. This might be a good or a bad thing, depending.
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I'd say in this business its very useful not just for email/calls/text, but for a redundant internet connection via tethering, and secondly if the PC goes down to provide a redundant emergency execution platform in that many brokers allow you to execute via app or mobile web. Two critical uses for me, and of course to kill time when in a trade :-)
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A: Get a normal cell phone
A: You can see who calls you!
B:Why do I need to see who calls me?
A: What if you don't want to talk to them?
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I am another in the never-owned-a-cellphone category...never mind a smart phone with internet connectivity.
Even as a Sales Manager in the 1990's when the novelty was there and I suppose the utility was sort of there, I resisted the use even though the contract and phone costs would have been covered by the company back then.
There was nothing in my life that required an instant response. When in the office, my nickname was "Pa Bell" as I was constantly on the phone. I treasured the few hours that I left the office on sales calls. I educated my staff as to making decisions on their own for small things...they knew what was/was not acceptable while I was away and I regularly phoned in (via pay phone) to check for messages. Nowadays I suppose I would have succumbed by now but my working days of normal jobs are a distant memory.
Land line telephone voice mail and e-mail is fine for me. When I travel, I take a small netbook with a 10" screen and full keyboard. I am a chartist....I'd go blind trying read charts on a cell-phone sized screen.
I do agree that there are certain jobs that require cellphones...lawyers, real estate salespeople and the like definitely need instant access....but not me...I like privacy and I am on the computer enough as it is.
I got rid of the land line and had an older cell phone that I purchased the T-mobile 1000 minutes for $100 and that should last a full year. My brother and I share it so that tell's you how much we use a phone. Now a computer and internet is a different story, I'm on it 8 to 10 hours a day. I think I can say the same for my brother. I can't see a need for a smart phone, I went for a walk with a girl friend and she was on it half the time with issues. Leave the phone at home or in the car and enjoy life....