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Old November 15th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A few years ago I had an iPod but I sold it because it was becoming super slow. I then used the money to buy the LG Esteem because my friend was selling a brand new one for really cheap ($180).

However, now I'm realizing that I barely using my phones for calls+texts+4g (I make like five calls a month, ten texts maybe, and I use all my data from my house's wifi. I use my phone heavily for videos, apps etc. but I'm kind of pissed that I'm paying $35 a month for service I'm not really using.

What should I do now? Would it be smart to sell the Esteem on eBay or something or should I just keep the Esteem as it is? I was going to sell it then buy an iPod Touch but then I see now the iPod Touch 5 starts at $299 so there's no way I'll spend that much on it. Please, I'm just so confused about what to do with my Esteem that I barely its service.

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Old November 15th, 2012, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeaaa why even own a phone with service?? I'd just turn it off and use over wifi calling and text if that's all the calls/texts you make.

I get my money out of the phone tho.. 100+ hours a month for calls and probably 10,000 texts a month. But if I was in your shoes? I'd just turn it off Ahaha
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Old November 15th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you can still use the wifi with out phone service, it would basically be a great android version of an iPod touch with a nice big screen.
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Lg esteem is slow and bad battery life even with root, would going for the $300 ipod be smart and sell this?
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Old November 15th, 2012, 11:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Lg esteem is slow and bad battery life even with root, would going for the $300 ipod be smart and sell this?
Once it is without service and isn't looking for 4g or phone signal the life dramatically increases. Just throwing that out there..
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Plus with this app you can shut the cell radios off with airplane mode while keeping the wifi on. Will help tremendously, I use it on an Optimus M that I have setup as a house phone, and the battery last about a week with light use.

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Lg esteem is slow and bad battery life even with root, would going for the $300 ipod be smart and sell this?
You can use Google Voice to make and receive phone calls over WiFi without cell phone service.
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If you are already rooted, why not install the number 2 rom? If you dont need metro, you could keep airplane mode on all the time! With that being done alone, your phone would last weeks on idle having only charged one time.
Theres an app called grooveIP that uses your Google voice number to make calls over wifi, then theres TextPlus for picture messaging just to name a few.
I would take a deactivated Esteem over an itouch ANY DAY.
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Plus with this app you can shut the cell radios off with airplane mode while keeping the wifi on. Will help tremendously, I use it on an Optimus M that I have setup as a house phone, and the battery last about a week with light use.

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You can have airplane mode and WiFi on at the same time with out an app...
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I personally think cell phone and internet are necessary in case of emergency case.

$35 for unlimited phone, text and internet is one of the best deal you can find from any wireless carriers, so I would keep it as it is.
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You can have airplane mode and WiFi on at the same time with out an app...
How? got a test phone that I use strictly for that..
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How? got a test phone that I use strictly for that..
its actually quite simple. turn on airplane mode (this will kill all wireless communications) then simply turn back on the service you want (wifi, gps). airplane mode will remain on (no phone radio) and wifi or gps will be on and usable.
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