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Old 03-24-2014, 01:52 PM   #181
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This is essentially the situation I am in. Nobody else has decent coverage in my area, so what good is a cell phone if you can't make a phone call half the time you want to?

LOL well, you could say the same thing about lots of different things. Some people don't have broadband internet, not because they don't have options for it, but because they don't feel that they need it. And some people make due with OTA rather than paid TV, because they don't feel they need to pay for the extras they don't really want or need.

For the time being at least, I am more than satisfied using my laptop to do whatever it is I want to do online and just using a cell phone as a phone, and until that changes I see no reason to pay $1,500/year more for something I don't feel that I truly need right now.
If coverage is important to you, then you have a few options. You could just sell your soul to the devil for the coverage, you could get an MVNO that uses Verizon's network, or you could move your main phones to something else, and have a Verizon-based Tracfone as a backup... I'd definitely just sell my soul to the devil if I lived in an area where they have much better coverage than AT&T. Luckily, AT&T has the best coverage in my area...

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It's an interesting conundrum! Can you imagine not having the internet?
Can you imagine a kid trying to compete without it?
The point is mobile internet is the next level of competitive advantage.
Those that have it are finding local coupons, buying tickets, finding directions, bidding on that auction, ...

I remember a quick impulse trip to LA to get Portillos Hot Dogs. We brought out iPad and we are able to get around in the car without issue.

The point is life is cheaper if you have the ability to search efficiently.

Or you could go to the library and look through newspapers and then get out your fold out map.
Exactly. Having a smartphone makes traveling SO much better too. I've found many places to eat or go, or looked up opening time information or directions, etc, using a smartphone. Even a well planned trip can fall apart for all sorts of reasons, and having a smartphone to get it quickly back on track pays the price of the data many, many times over. I've been lucky to have access to AT&T and Verizon phones on the last two trips I've been on, both LTE on the last one. Usually, both worked fine.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:49 PM   #182
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Odds are that if tivo went belly up a repeat of the replyTV scenario would play out. Somebody would purchase it to provide guide data and receive the royalty payments.
Yup, my RTV5040 still works, guide data and all. Not much use for it anymore. Guess I should see what it will fetch on ebay.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:53 PM   #183
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Barring an anti trust violation, Comcast should buy Tivo, quit selling them and provide them as an upgraded monthly fee option. They would continue to provide the Tivo service to those with the lifetime option until all the older Tivos crapped out.
That could be a long time, considering Replay TV is still providing guide data for those on lifetime plans.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:58 PM   #184
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Yup, my RTV5040 still works, guide data and all. Not much use for it anymore. Guess I should see what it will fetch on ebay.
I had one of those, plus a 4000 series. I felt at the time Relay TV came out it was a better DVR than Tivo with the commercial advance and file sharing. Shame they got sued out of business.
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:38 PM   #185
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I remember a quick impulse trip to LA to get Portillos Hot Dogs. We brought out iPad and we are able to get around in the car without issue.

The point is life is cheaper if you have the ability to search efficiently.
Oh, I agree. Between my GPS and iPad (which I typically have with me for calendar and as-needed on a bare-bones data plan), it provides all that and more. Heck, Garmin alone will find Portillo HDs ...

To the person who referenced hijacking the thread away from Tivo, um lifetime, I figured my participation in that was doing the dead-horse thread a favor ... but okay, I'll quit about my lack of need for a smart phone!
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:16 PM   #186
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I can afford a new computer, but those warranties have been worth gold. I'm either hard on my notebooks or a lemon magnet.

Other than notebooks, I agree!
Can I lend you my 10 year old Compaq notebook? Still working after all these years with the original hard drive but memory bumped up to 2 GB.

And, a recent post elsewhere indicates that Word 2010 is the target of an unpatched vulnerability in Windows. I guess my Word/Outlook 2003 on my XP notebook won't get a hacker his Office merit bag.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:20 PM   #187
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Oh, I agree. Between my GPS and iPad (which I typically have with me for calendar and as-needed on a bare-bones data plan), it provides all that and more. Heck, Garmin alone will find Portillo HDs ...

To the person who referenced hijacking the thread away from Tivo, um lifetime, I figured my participation in that was doing the dead-horse thread a favor ... but okay, I'll quit about my lack of need for a smart phone!
I didn't realize you guys have portillos out there. I guess I could live in California after all.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:55 PM   #188
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Oh, I agree. Between my GPS and iPad (which I typically have with me for calendar and as-needed on a bare-bones data plan), it provides all that and more. Heck, Garmin alone will find Portillo HDs ...

To the person who referenced hijacking the thread away from Tivo, um lifetime, I figured my participation in that was doing the dead-horse thread a favor ... but okay, I'll quit about my lack of need for a smart phone!
With a data plan on an iPad, you've got the same functionality... you just need, um, really big pockets to carry it. A rather bizarre "solution" for sure...
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:44 PM   #189
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The bottom line is that monthly is a sucker bet and the folks paying it either refuse to admit the facts or can't afford the upfront cost of lifetime. But it does help Tivo so if you want to justify it that way it's all good for you. That's pretty much it.

Wow, you just can't discuss anything without resorting to nastiness. Sucker bet? Why would anyone listen to a thing you have to say when you are such a jerk about it? I imagine that you spend lots of time watching your Tivo Roamio....alone.
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With a data plan on an iPad, you've got the same functionality... you just need, um, really big pockets to carry it. A rather bizarre "solution" for sure...
The benefit of carrying a purse
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:15 AM   #191
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Wow, you just can't discuss anything without resorting to nastiness. Sucker bet? Why would anyone listen to a thing you have to say when you are such a jerk about it? I imagine that you spend lots of time watching your Tivo Roamio....alone.
No, not really. But thanks for the compliments!
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Wow, you just can't discuss anything without resorting to nastiness. Sucker bet? Why would anyone listen to a thing you have to say when you are such a jerk about it? I imagine that you spend lots of time watching your Tivo Roamio....<b>alone</b>.
So True. With all the time some of these posters spend on these boards arguing I'm not so sure they watch much TiVo. Just enough time to complain about it.

That being said the lifetime issue is a lease vs own scenario. But unlike cars TiVo doesn't release a new model each year nor can you take a tax deduction on the lease.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:17 PM   #194
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But unlike cars TiVo doesn't release a new model each year nor can you take a tax deduction on the lease.
You can't take a tax deduction on a car lease either.
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You can't take a tax deduction on a car lease either.
In a business you can.
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In a business you can.
Only to the extent it is actually used for business purposes. And FYI, you could deduct a TiVo too if it were used for business purposes.
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