So, I want a little camera to take with me on hikes.
Then I went hiking with my friend Barb who has an iPhone with the Map My Hike app, and I thought that was kinda cool.
But I’m pretty cheap and those phone plans are more than I want to spend. I have a tracfone for calls and texting and I spend about $40 every 3 months or so and that’s fine for me. I have a landline at home which also provides access to the internet. I don’t want to pay for more services than I plan to use.
So I started wondering… do you have to have a phone plan? Or can you use a smartphone for everything BUT phone? Would the GPS work without a phone plan? Could I upload my pictures when I have wifi access and be satisfied with that? Would Map My Hike work without a phone plan?
I’ve been looking around on the internet to see if anyone is doing this. Sounds like it’s doable, though not necessarily a super easy seamless thing to do. I found this article, for example:
And of course, when you find the perfect phone for this solution, the price is high! They sell you the phones cheap when you are also getting a phone/data plan. But “phone” only is pricey!
So I started looking at gps-enabled point and shoots… turns out they are similarly priced to the “unlocked” smart phone.
What to do?
Do any of my readers have suggestions?