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Subject: Those of you that read on Cell phones HELP!
Date Posted: 4/6/2014 11:16 PM ET
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I got me a T-Mobile ALCATEL ONE TOUCH  real nice BUT it only has 2 gig space most of that is taken up with their pre-installed apps grrr  Any way it also uses up to 32 gig of Micro SD Card!  That's where I need help!  I put the card in it says its there but Nothing I put on it does the phone read!  OK I put the app for Kindle on it...but whe I transfer it & the ebooks to the SDCard the books Vanish!  when I side load the books go on the card BUT the Kindle app wont open them.  I tried EVERYTHING from installing the app Before I load ebooks to installing it After I load books!  Any suggestions??  Same with Audible books!  Its like the card is not there but it says it is.  When I open the SDCard with my PC it shows things I loaded but phone wont play them. 

BTW I can download ebooks in AWZ   MOBI OR EPUB    Not having no luck with any format.  Only the ebooks still Amazon account as I said they wont transfer to the sdcard with the kindle app.

Date Posted: 4/7/2014 12:04 PM ET
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Are you putting them in the right place? I think each app has a specific place to put it's files, and you may not be able to see it from the outside. I'd delete the Kindle app, then reload it, and download a book from the store. Then go see if you can find where it's put it.

Or go into the settings on the phone and look for the Kindle App. See if there are any settings there that will let you tell it where to store the files. It may only know to look in main memory.

It may be a problem with the card. Some don't work as well as others.

Date Posted: 4/7/2014 12:50 PM ET
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Which SDCard do u use?

 

This is a SanDisk  16 gig HD

Date Posted: 4/7/2014 4:28 PM ET
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I had trouble with the card in mine not being recognized, so don't use one in my phone any more. I don't remember what SD card I used. 

Do you know you're loading in the right folder for the Kindle?

And I'm not sure, but it may be that the Kindle won't recognize anything it doesn't load itself. It won't have an updated list. 

What I do on my android tablet and the Ipad is to use a file manager and load my epubs with that. Then select a book and the file manager will ask me what program I want to open it in. For Kindle you'd have to use .azw or .mobi, but it might work that way.

Date Posted: 4/7/2014 9:56 PM ET
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If it was me, I'd open up a second Amazon account and download one or two books at a time (perhaps duplicates of your freebies) and then delete them from the second account as I read them. Use the second account with the freebies on your phone and use your regular account for your Kindle. Not like you'll be reading all of your books on the phone anyway, just when it's not convenient to have an ereader out.

Hmmm. since it was me with the Kindle for phone question, I may do the same thing.

Date Posted: 4/7/2014 10:17 PM ET
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No I just using the 1 Amazon account...  Don't want Amazon to Block my accounts & stop me from getting to my ebooks!

Date Posted: 4/8/2014 9:24 AM ET
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If you are side loading books, then you should side load a reading app other than kindle.

Personally I would rather eat worms than read on my cell phone, but it's only a 3" screen so maybe that's why.

By the way I have three Amazon accounts and no fear of being punished by whatever it is you seem to fear.



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Date Posted: 4/8/2014 2:06 PM ET
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Surprizingly tho its a small screen I don't have problems reading on it for a couple hrs.  Since it a phone It will be with me at Drs & when we go pay bills.  Which would allow mw to leave my Kindles at home.  

How would I side load another Reading app into the sd card?  When I purchased the Moon Reader app for the epubs it would only download it to the phone.   Even tho I tell it to go to the SDCard it wont says its there but on computer my PC says there is Nothing on the SDCard.   

Date Posted: 4/8/2014 8:13 PM ET
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You can't put any apps that I know of on the SD card anymore. That stopped with an older version of Android. No modern version will do it. With Moon+, you can store your books on the card, and Moon will read them from the card. That's how my Nook HD is set up. When I had a Nook Color, it was of course an older version of Android, and I did put apps on the SD card.



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Date Posted: 4/8/2014 8:40 PM ET
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I think I delete the Kindle apps & ebooks & just use the Moon Reader ...on phone & side load my ebubs I currently reading  THANKS! 

Date Posted: 4/9/2014 6:38 AM ET
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That's what I would do. I prefer the Moon app to the Kindle app on all my devices. (Except my phone. It is too old and I can't put Moon on it).



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Date Posted: 4/9/2014 10:10 PM ET
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Books seem  to work fine on it now... thanks Anne.     I used it today in my Drs office lot less to carry LOL 

Date Posted: 4/10/2014 6:23 AM ET
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Very good, Barbara! Someday I'll get a phone with a larger screen, then maybe I will enjoy reading on it. But I'm sure I won't do that until my current one breaks.

What are you paying a month for that one? I've got an AT&T prepaid and it's $25 a month for unlimited texting.

Date Posted: 4/18/2014 8:35 PM ET
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O Anne Sorry I wasn't watching this thread!     My idea has work ok so I can live with it LOL    As for the phone I purchased it used ... the other person paid $60 at Best  Buy used it 2 weeks.  Anyway it had a monthly plan of $50 or 60 a month.  I cant afford that.  So I took it to T-Mobile store in Hagerstown  they sold me a new sims card.  & my plan is pay as you go on phone calls at 10 cents per min.  I can do every thing on it but No Internet Service when not near WiFi.  So at home I can do everything inc Brouse the internet read play game even get my phone calls over the WiFi ...which saves me the 10 cents per min.  Away from home its just a phone.  I can read on & play any games I have down loaded.  Of course calls then cost me 10 cents a min LOL  I have to take out the SD Card load anything I want besides e books I can load my MP3 Audio books & music.     Next time I think I buy something with more on board memory it keeps saying memory full ugh  1.5 gig of space just drives me crazy LOL    Not the best but will do for now.   And cripe its battery dies on 7-8 hours...don't know how commuters that work 8 hours can really use these things & still have battery at end of the day.   My home heath aide says she has to charge hers in her car between clients.  She has Sprint monthly service. 

Date Posted: 4/19/2014 7:25 AM ET
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Thanks for your answer. Battery life is really bad on yours. But at least it doesn't cost you much. My phone is wifi only, also. I hardly ever turn the wifi on, though, because I have tablets with 7" screens versus my phone with a 3" screen. I mainly use it for texting, and the occasional call. My oldest son is 16 and has the same phone so we text each other. He does use the wifi on his, for facebook at least. So I am paying $25 a month for each of us with AT&T GoPhone. We used to use a different prepaid company but the coverage was pretty bad, plus my son was burning through his minutes, every text took a minute's worth of money.....and he texts a lot! So this way he has a flat fee and unlimited texting.

My other son is 13 and he wants a phone....yes when he gets to high school, but I don't think he needs one before then. If I ever get a new one I guess he could have mine. But most phones that are any good are just too expensive, and those monthly plans are way too much for us. 

I'd love to have a Moto G! Or a Nexus 4! Out of the question for now, I spend way too much on my other toys (ereaders, tablets) to justify that kind of money for a little screen that I wouldn't really use that much.

Date Posted: 4/19/2014 10:31 AM ET
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My other son is 13 and he wants a phone....yes when he gets to high school, but I don't think he needs one before then.

I don't know what the rates are now, but when my kids were in high school we got them Virgin Mobile phones. You paid a minimum (I think it was $5 a month back then) to keep the phone on, then put money on it for use. A call was so much a minute, and texts were so much a text. The left over rolled over very month. Since they had free use of the house phones the cell phones were just for emergency use. Came in handy a few times for each of them.

Then, if they wanted more time they had to pay for it themselves and buy top-up cards to add extra to the phone. As they got older and got jobs they gave us those phones back and bought their own.

And, IIRC, any working cell phone has to be able to call 911 in their area for free. My kids never had to test that out, but we donated our phones to women's shelters in the area so that they could give them out to women who might need to call 911 at any time. 

Date Posted: 4/19/2014 12:37 PM ET
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Most kids have a cell phone when they enter middle school (6th grade, 11 years old). I hear many parents saying "Oh, they don't NEED that". Yes, they do. There are no pay phones. They don't have transportation. Their generation, like it or not, communicates via Facebook, text, and Twitter. They don't even use email. When you limit your child's ability to communicate via the current social norms, you also limit your child's ability to interact with their peers. It's such a crucial age- middle school is when they are dropped out of the safety net of "everyone's a winner" elementary school, they have bigger classes, puberty and hormones are hitting, all sorts of new rules and new situations to navigate. I also hear parents saying variations of "Well, my daughter doesn't need a fancy schmancy smartphone with internet to watch movies on. She can get a flip phone...just like me". Fact is, they rarely sell basic flip phones. There are still a few but it would take a dedication to hunt them out just because.

Be a sport- get your son a prepaid, no contract phone. Your family is so up to date on every other electronic area. Do this one for him.

Date Posted: 4/19/2014 12:46 PM ET
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Anne bet its the WiFi that's killing it LOL   I have to remember to turn it off away from home.  

Date Posted: 4/19/2014 1:40 PM ET
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WOW  Nancy Flip Phone are ALL we have [except this T-Mobile model]     I just paid $20 for a T-Mobile pay as u go flip phone for my son.  We Both have Flip phone thru Safelink.... they use Pay as u go Trac phones thru Walmart.  I see Flip phones at Virgin Mobile   Sprint  AT&T  etc  U need to get out of the pushy store go to Walmart Target Walgreen Stay away from the huge costly displays & check out their Cell phone pay as u go isles  BTW our Flip phone I got to replace the org phones set to us cost Under $10!! 

Date Posted: 4/19/2014 5:55 PM ET
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Tracfone....that's what my dh is using, and its a flip phone. We have 2 touch screen tracfones that are not activated, I could get one of those working for my D's. However, he really isn't in the situation you describe, Nancy. It is for this very reason my kids go to a small parochial school, close to home, and we transport them. They go there thru 8th grade. One class per grade. High school is in a city and they will ride the bus there. That is when I want them to have phones. All the high school kids seem to have phones, and Facebook. Some of my 6th grader sons classmates have phones, but not all. One of these days maybe I'll get up the nerve to call tracfone customer service in the Philippines and activate the old phone. I do feel he doesn't really need it just yet. He would just use it to text 2 or 3 friends. 

Date Posted: 4/19/2014 5:57 PM ET
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I should note that he is a year behind age-wise, he would be in the 7th grade but started late. So he is 13 in the 6th grade.

Date Posted: 4/21/2014 5:58 AM ET
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I'd love to have a Moto G! Or a Nexus 4! Out of the question for now, I spend way too much on my other toys (ereaders, tablets) to justify that kind of money for a little screen that I wouldn't really use that much.

when i got my first smartphone, it was ok, but it was an exceptionally tiny screen, and since it was Palm that got bought out, it never had a great app store.  second one was Android, and it was better but the screen was still a little small and unfortunately it was *terrible* at phone calls so it got replaced after a year.  my current Android phone, i use way more than i thought i ever would.  (it's HTC , i think the HTC One model from a couple of years ago.  the screen is about 4.5" diagonal.  i've had it for a bit over a year, and the newer model had just come out but i didn't like the metal case one as much.)  check my email anywhere, look stuff up, i write notes to myself anywhere that i can read on the phone, my computer, or my tablet (Google Keep app), i take pictures of things i want to remember, and i can read or play games on it when i'm eating by myself or waiting somewhere.  a tiny screen one wouldn't be as useful.  it doesn't have a card slot though, so i can't put a ton of books on it at once, just whatever i think i might read in the next couple of weeks.

since DH is doing QA for software on phones, he gets to play with a lot of them and sometimes brings them home for work or if he wants me to try one.  if i have to replace this one i might go with the Nexus. my tablet is already a Nexus, so menu settings & whatnot ought to be the same.

i still don't read on my tablet - i can read on the phone for short periods, but for long term the eInk is so much easier on my eyes.

Date Posted: 4/21/2014 6:56 AM ET
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I will read on my tablets....but since I got the Kobo Aura HD, and now a Kobo Aura, I like reading on them much better. They are way easier on my eyes. I think it's because the tablet screens are shiny, even when you don't notice the shine, it is there. And I do have the Nexus 7 2013, the one with the high resolution, to compare. I'll still read on it, I am using the Scribd app on it now for the three month free trial. But I like the Kobo better.

Date Posted: 4/21/2014 12:49 PM ET
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This T-Mobile one I just got is 4" screen... its not bad.