I agree a phone should be able to make a call, first time, every time.
I too am still using a stupid phone.
I don't need internet on my phone, I get on my Verizon USB 720 modem.
I plug it into a router which provides me with WiFi wherever I am.
When I can get a smartphone without a monthly data charge mandatory, I will opt in.
Until then me and my phone will remain stupid.
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