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No Contract Phones as Audio Players
#11  tubemonkey 12-02-2014, 01:11 PM
Quote booklover6
My LG Volt is ready for action. I am going to test the services I use, and will update this post as I go.
Cool
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#12  Xanthe 12-02-2014, 08:14 PM
I was reading this thread now and thinking, damn, missed out on those deals because using the phone as a substitute iPad is a good idea.

THEN - I remembered that I have a Kyocera Hydro phone lying around around here, that I got for a review, but since I don't have a Verizon calling plan (I'm an AT&T gal) I don't have the correct SIM card that it needs to operate. So I can't use it as a phone.

I fired it up and it looks like it will work fine as a multimedia device via WiFi. I just need to get a micro SD card to increase its storage.
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#13  copyrite 12-03-2014, 05:22 AM
The Volt is just what I need for my purposes around the house.

Why oh why isn't there an Android device out there the size of a phone that is only a Wifi device? I was discussing this with a co-worker yesterday who when I explained why I purchased the Volt and how I was planning to use it and she said when she gets a new phone the older one is always 'downgraded' for this usage.
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#14  booklover6 12-03-2014, 06:36 AM
Quote copyrite
The Volt is just what I need for my purposes around the house.

Why oh why isn't there an Android device out there the size of a phone that is only a Wifi device?
That's what the Samsung Galaxy Player was. They were quite pricey, and are now discontinued and have too old versions of Android.
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#15  paulak39 12-03-2014, 06:39 AM
I notice this morning that Radio Shack is selling the LG Bolt for $99 now. Thanks to tubemonkey, I read about the $30 sale last week and ordered one, which should be coming today. Didn't even know what an LG Bolt was at first; (thought it might be a device charger). I may have several questions once I try to set it up and add audiobooks. This site always gives me lots of interesting and helpful information. Thanks tubemonkey and others.
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#16  booklover6 12-03-2014, 02:25 PM
Amazon Fire Phone (no contract) as an audio book player:

The headphones are nice.

Kindle Unlimited with narration audio books are handled a little differently. Download the book in the kindle reading app. To access the audio, just tap the Play arrow in the bottom left. It is not TTS, it is real narration. If you want to watch the screen, you can see the text highlighted for easy following along. Turn the screen off, and the audio continues. Volume buttons on the side of the phone, and in the cord, both work well with the screen off.

I did see table of contents, and now can't find it, either in the book or the audio book. Tapping vainly results in losing my place. Grrr!
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#17  tubemonkey 12-03-2014, 02:34 PM
Quote paulak39
I notice this morning that Radio Shack is selling the LG Bolt for $99 now. Thanks to tubemonkey, I read about the $30 sale last week and ordered one, which should be coming today. Didn't even know what an LG Bolt was at first; (thought it might be a device charger). I may have several questions once I try to set it up and add audiobooks. This site always gives me lots of interesting and helpful information. Thanks tubemonkey and others.
Glad to help; and eel free to ask away. BTW, it's Volt
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#18  tubemonkey 12-03-2014, 02:36 PM
Quote booklover6
Amazon Fire Phone (no contract) as an audio book player:

The headphones are nice.
Two? What's with this two audio players bit?
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#19  tubemonkey 12-03-2014, 02:43 PM
I ordered one of these from Amazon to use with the devices I have that don't have decent built-in speakers (LG Volt, Fire Phone, Fire HD 6, etc). Would go great with our new audio players. Great price and highly rated. Thinking about getting a second one.
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#20  Catlady 12-03-2014, 04:27 PM
Quote tubemonkey
I ordered one of these from Amazon to use with the devices I have that don't have decent built-in speakers (LG Volt, Fire Phone, Fire HD 6, etc). Would go great with our new audio players. Great price and highly rated. Thinking about getting a second one.
I like this speaker because it can play directly from a flash drive or SD card (there's no navigation with these inputs, though, the files just play in order), as well as an AUX connection.
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