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Verizon Wireless phasing out Basic Phones?

by Mkilbride / November 14, 2011 11:00 AM PST

Really annoyed at that. Ordered the Casio G'ZOne Ravine. 19.99$, was all clear, they said to expect it Wed / Thursday.

Friday came, nothing, so I called "Didn't go through, we're out of stock"...

Though they even gave me a confirm and everything...********. All they
have right now, basic wise, really, is the Samsung Convoy / Convoy 2,
which they keep trying to offer me, but everything I've read about that
phone is it is utter crap, and looking at it, it really is, especially
if you compare it to the Ravine.

Saw a large topic on their website about other users complaining.
According to statistics, at least 83% of the country still uses /
prefers basic phones, so I see this as annoying move. I just wanted a
basic phone with good durability that I could abuse. I guess Verizon is
trying to push full on smart phones. It's not enough that a basic plan
is 60$, now they want to make data plans mandatory as they stop
supporting basic phones. So now for a basic 1 person Verizon Wireless
account, it'd be 90$/mo , even if I don't WANT to use any of the
advanced features of a Smart Phone. I don't even want one, but they are
forcing it down my throat here.

Amazon has them, but then I'd be dual contracted in, and don't really feel like that.

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Not sure where you thought that....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 14, 2011 1:08 PM PST

No cellular phone company will stop offering feature (non-smartphones) anytime soon. There may be fewer models than in the past but not phased out completely. It is simple economics, by requiring certain features at an additional monthly cost, they make more money.

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You aren't trying hard enough to find a phone
by Pepe7 / November 15, 2011 2:02 AM PST

Understand, there are boatloads of third parties that will sell you a 'dumbphone' for use on Verizon's network. Most of the big box stores like Best Buy (etc.), as well as non-corporate Verizon wireless outlets often have these handsets. Basic flip phones are so cheap you could practically afford to replace one every couple of months. You just need to look around a little more. There's also ebay, etc. There might even be someone wanting to unload a new one if you pop over to howardforums.com.

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