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General Discussion / Alan Raul - September 3, 2017 Meeting Notes
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on August 31, 2017, 12:00:00 PM »
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General Discussion / Re: iOS 11 Coming Soon
« Last post by dickJ on August 25, 2017, 07:27:34 AM »
Looks good!
General Discussion / iOS 11 Coming Soon
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on August 24, 2017, 09:47:30 AM »
iOS 11
A giant step for iPhone.
A monumental leap for iPad.

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General Discussion / Re: Planned Obsolescence
« Last post by dickJ on August 24, 2017, 09:22:51 AM »
How many of our members are obsolescent, besides me!
General Discussion / Re: PDFs of APCUG's Webinars Held 08/19/17
« Last post by dickJ on August 22, 2017, 04:16:18 PM »
I found Brown's one on Security useful, but only after a lot of searching to find what to click to get to it!
General Discussion / PDFs of APCUG's Webinars Held 08/19/17
« Last post by rsutter on August 21, 2017, 02:35:02 PM »
Hello All,

If you missed the APCUG VTC webinar on 08/19/17 or would like to relive the experience, you can download the presenters' PDF files from

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: iPhone SE Deals
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on August 20, 2017, 11:25:51 AM »
If you have a AT&T service it's a no-brainer. Verizon or another carrier is a definite PIA and is not recommended as Ralph points out.

In our group... Pete and I who both have AT&T phone service transferred to the new phone without problems. I have 4 other friends with AT&T who purchased this phone without problems.

The moral of this story... read the fine print.
General Discussion / Re: iPhone SE Deals
« Last post by rsutter on August 20, 2017, 09:36:25 AM »
Hello All,
Yesterday, my wife decided that it was time to replace her iPhone 5 with a newer model.  She opted for the 32Gb iPhone SE.  We purchased it from Best Buy for just under $200, a substantial saving from the $399 list price.  She was told that it was a prepaid phone.  We took this to mean that we bought it outright instead of making 24 monthly payments.
The phone came with do it yourself activation instructions.  However, since Verizon, our service provider, had an office on the way home, we decided to stop in and confirm the steps necessary to substitute this new phone for her old phone in our Verizon Family Plan.

We learned that doing so wasn't that straightforward.  In order to activate the new phone, we had to sign up for 6 months with a new plan.  The new phone would have a new phone number.  After 6 months, we could change that number to the number of her current phone. The minimum monthly plan for the new phone is $40.  The cost of the new phone is now $440 ($200 plus 6x$40)
If we chose to deactivate her original phone, we could do so for up to 90 days for a savings of $60(3x$20).  Verizon doesn’t allow deactivation for more than 90 days though the salesman suggested that they might make an exception for us.

My wife wouldn’t deactivate her current phone number.  Too many people contact her routinely on that number.  Maintaining her current phone number active until it could be transferred to the new phone 6 months later adds $120 (6x$20) to the overall cost of phone replacement.

BOTTOM LINE COST for going the route of the iPhone SE prepaid phone $560 and substantial inconvenience.
We opted to purchase the iPhone SE directly from Verizon at the list price of $399 paid over 24 months at 0% interest. 

The moral of the story is that the $200 iPhone SE deal is only a deal if you don’t mind getting a new phone number.  Keeping your old phone number is possible but takes 6 months and comes with substantial increased costs.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Planned Obsolescence
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on August 19, 2017, 11:52:43 AM »
I was looking for ideas for our next photo assignment and came across this article. It’s an interesting read… enjoy.

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