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So it's a phone for Old People?

geminiman82

Sep 3, 2008, 9:02 AM
Color Coded Ports? Large Font? Is there even a doubt at why this is being sold. Great idea for Verizon to finally pick up on. I will stick with my Treo though thanks.
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vinsideguy

Sep 3, 2008, 10:40 AM
Already picked up on... this phone replaces the Verizon Wireless (UTStarcom (Audiovox)) Coupe, also known as the CDM8630VW, a similarly designed phone.

http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=1345 »

This is really the ONLY phone that can truly be labeled "our basic phone." It's the only phone without Bluetooth and camera. Essentially, it makes calls and it does text messaging. That's it.

Some Treos have been known to work similarly. Wink
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EsOne

Sep 3, 2008, 9:50 PM
It is not the only basic phone. You forgot the ugly, but yet still sold, CDM 8905. No camera, no bluetooth, really basic.

The Knack is definitely an upgrade for people on these older models to still get basic features, and anymore bluetooth is basic. Mandatory in some states, so definitely a welcome feature.
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EsOne

Sep 3, 2008, 9:53 PM
Blarg! Just noticed this don't even have BT... Maybe a little too basic..... It is amazing how Verizon charges for phones that don't offer any features, but give Chocolates away for free. o.O
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vinsideguy

Sep 4, 2008, 1:20 AM
The Chocolate was free (online only) because it was outdated. It was considered end of life by the company (as in, time to move on), and LG hasn't made new ones in some time.

Some of the really basic phones are just there for the people who wash their phone and didn't have insurance or an old phone to activate. They're really not that great of a phone (u340) to begin with.

In the 10 years I've been using wireless telephony technology, I've never bothered with a free phone. I always believe that you get what you pay for, even when there's a contract involved.

WHY would a phone be free? To catch a new customer? Or because it wasn't worth much to begin with?
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vinsideguy

Sep 4, 2008, 1:16 AM
I don't run into that phone very often. Isn't it one of the online exclusives?

If not, it probably should be. Wink
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EsOne

Sep 4, 2008, 1:33 PM
Not an online exclusive, but the stores probly don't want to stock and advertise them. I work for VZW in a call center, and I have not talked to one customer who has had one since they have been available. It has been out just over a year now. When I was in sales for VZW, I sold one... just one.

Free phones are not always bad. It is not "What you pay for" sometimes. A lot of the time it is just overstock, or making room for the new models, i.e. the Chocolate. The Chocolate 3's are out now.

Look at the EnV, dropped to $29.99 online for a day or so when they were going out of stock for the new EnV2. I loved the original EnV, and I still get requests for them all the time.

All in all, it comes down to what you need in a phone. I talk t...
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jjw0782

Sep 4, 2008, 2:26 PM
I know people who use phones just to talk on lol. Its not like everyone needs a mobile media center.
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rynels

Sep 8, 2008, 3:59 PM
This is exactly it!
So many baby boomers and parents with very young kids come to me asking for the most basic phone I have beause ALL they do is talk and that's all they want to do.

Not everyone is 16-25 and wants a music player, camera, BlueTooth and Internet.
The people who have been using the phones the longest want to continue to use them as they're intended, as a phone.
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spaceman123

Sep 12, 2008, 3:38 AM
Sure it maybe a phone and I was considering it as a backup in my car for emergencies etc. or for my kid when we go to theme parks etc. but the battery life on this is way over quoted by Verizon.

My wife has a chocolate 3 and this phone basically says it has the same talk time and standby time.
The Chocolate 3 kicks this phones butt in terms of standby time by 2x so not sure how Verizion are testing this particular phone but it certainly is not consistent with how they test other phones like Chocolate 3.

I am returning it.
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muchdrama

Sep 21, 2009, 11:46 PM
EsOne said:
It is not the only basic phone. You forgot the ugly, but yet still sold, CDM 8905. No camera, no bluetooth, really basic.

The Knack is definitely an upgrade for people on these older models to still get basic features, and anymore bluetooth is basic. Mandatory in some states, so definitely a welcome feature.


And HEY! The 8905 had an antenna where it should be! At the top! Where your hand isn't smothering the signal! Brilliant!

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DeadEyeDuck

Oct 17, 2008, 7:20 PM
...or a phone for people who have jobs where they aren't allowed to have camera phones or those with memory card slots or ... etc. I'm in the Army and work in a place that requires you to have a TS/SCI (Top Secret, Special Compartmentalized Information) clearance. You can bring in a BASIC cell phone, but if you bring in one that has an integrated camera or BT or one with a memory slot, say bye-bye to your phone and hello to a security investigation and formal reprimand. Do you know how hard it is to find a decent phone without a half-@$$ed camera and marginally decent MP3 player embedded in it? Almost impossible.
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