...but no cellular phone company is going to design a phone to fit only your needs. You need to find a phone that best suits your needs. Development costs are very high and what works with one cellular carrier may not work with another one. While I think it would be nice for customers to be able to order phones with only features they need, it wouldn't be economically feasible for the carriers or manufacturers. They like to bundle features and services you may not want or need (just like cable/satellite TV) but you are forced to pick a pre-designed package none the less.
Am I alone in my need for real time communication? It appears so. This has to do with work. I'm on call every weekend. My call volume can reach avg. of a call in or out every 3.5 min and hold there for 1-2 hrs at at time. Meanwhile I'm driving, writing, seeing patients, receiving pages and texts.(No, I don't dial or write or text unless the car is parked) A "smart" phone is utterly useless because I'm talking on it all the time. And I can't get decent call clarity, range, battery life,(12+hr talk/72+standby might come close), call/message memory, durability or support for a plug-in headset. No, can't use Blue Tooth. It can't keep up. Can't use anything that has to be charged.Besides, the only thing that can stay in my ear as long as it needs to without creating nerve pain is the plantronics mx 510. Discontinued but i bought a bunch of them. Can use an external set but they're bulky. And I must be able to answer/end call from the headset. Eyes on the road.
Touted features today are choice of phone colors, stupid ring tones, internet shopping, music, video games, instant message (no phone belonging to an adult should have that), and other useless junk. Phones that articulate are impractical for someone who uses the phone as much as I do. Only a bar will work. When I'm not working, I don't care what I use. But why would I buy the big package from manufacturers and service providers who can't even make the basic features work? I've looked at Sonim but they're still making 2 Gen. phone and they're not without function problems either. Are there any custom phone builders out there. I'm willing to pay. I refuse to get ripped off on a "smart phone" package when the "smart phone" won't meet my needs no matter what kind it is. I'd rather put the money into a device that does what I need it to do than have to pay the money anyway while I meet the needs of the phone. Ideas?