I have had a mobile phone for 13 years, and ditched my landline almost half that long ago. Being in my early 50s, I guess I am older than many who were eager to fire their local phone company, lol. Almost 3 years ago I graduated to a smartphone. My original Motorola Droid was also my first phone sans contract and not purchased from Verizon. My current phone is my Droid RAZR. My phone is not rooted and I have never rooted a phone. I am still using the default text program, even. I switched once, do not recall the app, but did not like it so deleted it. I really miss being able to delete multiple texts simultaneously without deleting the whole thread. I still cannot set up my work Outlook so that I do not have to log in to webmail every time I want to check in. Wish I could figure that one out. Will definitely be on the lookout for apps and tips here, though desperate necessity brought me first, lol - nobody who calls can hear me, aargh.