Want to give up my phone

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  1. yusuo
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    I'm seriously considering getting rid of my phone, I feel as if it is a distraction from reality and that without it I'll have a lot more free time to actually invest in hobbies, interests, people.

    However I need a device that will atleast allow me to use whatsapp (I speak to people in south africa) and Spotify. Literally need nothing else and don't want anything in else.

    Does anyone know of any devices that will allow me to do these things without the rest of the distractions, no Web browser, other apps
     
  2. Yandere-chan

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    Windows Media Player, purchased CDs, and an MP3 player. :D
     
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    Even if you disconnect from your phone you'll realize that 99% of the people in this world are always with their phone on their hands, giving more attention to that machine than the real world
     
  6. yusuo
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    Irrelevant, this is more about self improvement, plus I was thinking about getting a Nokia 3310 just to stay contactable
     
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    Hm.. I wouldn't advice you to give up on your phone! It is a powerful device for communication. Is there anyway for you to set up a certain amount of time spent on the device each day? Have a friend or family member take it from you after using it for that certain time period you set?
     
  8. lordkaos

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    uninstall or disable the web browsers, youtube app, etc. on your phone.
     
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  9. Devin

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    Perhaps creating a custom ROM for your device or an android device that only has the ability to text, call, and use whatsapp. If you have a lack of willpower then I doubt you'll refrain yourself from attempting to redownload the apps if you're so interested in them. So take away the ability to download them in the first place. (Remove the Play Store.Then again. How badly will you want to play Angry Birds again? Enough to restore the phone using a stock ROM? Or download an APK from the internet?)
     
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    I'm in my 30s, I have a small amount of will power, its taken me over a year to quit smoking, it S a powerful device for communication but it is also a device that absorbs people's lives and increases one's ego to a point where the simple act of likes is some form of bragging right, so much so that an individual bases their own self importance on their electronic status
     
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    Install one of those parental control apps, set so that only the apps you truly need are unblocked, and throw the password away.
     
  12. smileyhead

    smileyhead I am DEFINITELY a madman with a box.

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    I was in your shoes a couple of months ago, and trust me, you can't get around in today's world without a smartphone (unless you're old and no one you know has one).

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    Learn to control yourself and it'll be fine.
     
  13. yusuo
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    I appreciate your advice, but I only need a device that can handle Spotify, whatsapp I can use on a PC.

    Im fed up of my phone, technology for the large part has alot of advantages but personal technology has turned the majority of society into mindless idiots

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    sarkwalvein More coffee, please!

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    But even if you get rid of your smartphone, it is easy to just buy a new one in a moment of weakness, and you will have a moment of weakness.... Hmmm, quite a problem.
     
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    Quitting smoking is a respectable achievement, even when it takes a year.

    That being said, if you want Whatsapp you WILL need either an android or iPhone, everything else is either unsupported or will no longer work after December. Honestly I'd say you should just use your existing phone (or a new one that has excellent speakers and battery life) and delete everything that doesn't matter, and disable notifications on the few things that do.
     
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    It is yes, but its alot less likely to happen than me just picking it up from the draw
     
  17. Devin

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  18. th3joker

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    Grow balls and self controll. Quit giving a fuck about social media and stupid shit. Guess what next week it will still be there and u can catch up on what all your friends ate for dinner and "liked" throughout tge week.
     
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    That's actually really cool might just get a standalone mp3 player, doesn't seem like anyone can help me in my quest to get away from a smartphone. Are we all really that conceded that not having one isn't even a considerable option.

    Nobody has made one suggestion that isn't keeping my phone or locking myself out of apps. I really don't want this phone anymore

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    Way to miss the point completely
     
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  20. Devin

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    From the initial post you only had Whatsapp listed and in order to use it you'd need a smartphone. If you can access Whatsapp on a PC then your best best is to sell your smart phone and put that money towards an MP3 player as well as a non smart phone. You can call, text, as well as listen to music and other than the noPhone there's really nothing else you'd be able to do to limit yourself. (Since you no longer want the phone and are unable to restrain yourself when it comes to locking/deleting apps. A non smart phone that has access to only Spotify? I don't think such a device exists and if it does then I need to know why it does.)
     
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