Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. Tesla Roadster 181

    Tesla Roadster 181 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    With sugar on top…

  2. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 2 years ago

    Insure your cellphone? Who wastes money on that?

  3. George Alexander

    George Alexander said, over 2 years ago

    Love that clumsy conventional cordless phone that she’s using. Get the joke, guys?

  4. R French

    R French said, over 2 years ago

    Get a no-contract XYZ phone and forget all your worries! Only pay for what you use and your minutes roll over!!!!
    I use mine as a phone with an occasional text message from the vet reminding me of an appointment. Phone cost me $26 on Black Friday – add in triple minutes and days so who worries about insurance?

  5. JoeStoppinghem

    JoeStoppinghem GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I just can’t see carrying something costing $200-$600 around everyday.
    I just have a simple flip phone.
    The smart phones have too small of screen and keys for me to use.
    Good luck Janis, because in this instance, nothing else is on your side.

  6. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The point of a smartphone has nothing to do with talking.

    Just because it has “phone” in its name, everybody tries to tell you how you could find a way to talk cheaper….

    If that’s all you want… great.
    You don’t want a smartphone.

    But smartphones, like tablets, are for people who want the magic of having the internet in their pockets.

    Or who want their devices to be a decent quality camera, a screen to share pictures with friends, a map of wherever you find yourself….
    a reader of codes on products, a place to store addresses and shopping lists, a calendar with pop-up reminders…
    oh yeah, a translator that can tell you how to say something, and pronounce it aloud…
    I could go on and on.

    You can have a tablet or iPod or some such and do most of that stuff wirelessly, without paying for phone service… but only where you can find an open wireless network. And you can’t talk on it.

    If you want to have more access, you pay for phone service… and you can talk and text on it also.

    Somebody said yesterday phones are cheap…
    no, smartphones cost hundreds of dollars, $600 or so for a high end one like Janis probably has….
    if it’s not time for your plan to pay for an upgrade…. or doesn’t offer them.
    At upgrade time, you might pay $100-200…. or get a slightly lesser model (last year’s whiz kid) for free.

    Usually that’s every two years, if at all…. so if you lose or break it in between, you have to pay retail, buy a cheaper type phone…. or rely on your insurance.

    My plan no longer offers upgrades, and there’s no way I could pay hundreds… … so you bet my phone is insured.

    I may have to give it up soon, anyway…. but right now, it’s like having a science fiction device…. not just a phone. I hardly talk on it cos my landline is unlimited… but I love to carry the internet with me.

    Just read a couple of posts above…. want to say before I submit this…
    the virtual “keys” on my smartphone are way bigger than the keys on my old flip phone.

  7. 1MadHat

    1MadHat GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    My cell phone is so old it has a rotary dial. 8^)

  8. nosirrom

    nosirrom said, over 2 years ago


    Mine’s older, It has a crank and comes in two pieces. And while I’ve never met Ernestine she’s like family to me.

  9. Kev_A_Swing_Dancer

    Kev_A_Swing_Dancer GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t understand what’s happening in the strip. Is getting the phone wet not covered by Janis’s (or my VZW) insurance?

  10. mjmyers

    mjmyers said, over 2 years ago


    They have plans now that cover user mistakes. They cost more than the ones that cover defects only.

  11. mjmyers

    mjmyers said, over 2 years ago

    Most cell phone insurance is a rip off. They go out of their way to hide the deductible in the fine print, and it’s almost always at least half the cost of the phone.

  12. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    All that Susan says is correct, but I can get most of that on my home computer – or my GPS. M landline phone is always on my desk and never gets lost, the answering machine works fine, and as a rule, the only person I ever need to call is hubby. I bought 1,000 minutes in January and still have 700.

  13. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Oh! And if I misplace my phone, if the thief manages to use up my minutes before the battery dies, I’m not stuck with a bill for a gazillion text messages to Bizerte.

  14. Stratmanron

    Stratmanron said, over 2 years ago


    Exactly right, Susan. I have so many valuable functions on my cell phone – weather, doctor, flight boarding pass, etc. It is worth it for me.

    And I have no problem with the virtual keyboard on my android smartphone – Flipping it sideways enlarges the pad even more.

    BTW, my provider no longer offers free upgrades either. :-(

  15. T_Lexi

    T_Lexi said, over 2 years ago


    I agree, Susan. I wasn’t sure I even wanted to jump on the smartphone bandwagon; I only like to have a phone when I’m driving, in case of emergency.

    Before I bought my iPhone, I read the book iPhones For Dummies at my local library. Wow! That convinced me… current weather reports and maps, a camera and video recorder, a flashlight (which has bailed me out several times already), a calendar, notes, reminders and voice memos (a secretary in my pocket), a fabulous calculator, a radio (Pandora, sigh!) games for when I’m waiting in line…

    Needless to say, I’m smitten with my toy. And the coolest thing of all? My purse got hugely downsized, and half the time, I don’t need to take a purse at all.

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