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Good iPhone apps for upcoming trip to Paris, Provence, and St. Tropez?

Good iPhone apps for upcoming trip to Paris, Provence, and St. Tropez?

Aug 28th, 2012, 12:19 PM
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Just got back from Paris. I very highly recommend leaving your IPhone in your hotel safe. There currently is a highly mobilzed force of teen gypsies distributed all over tourist areas and subway exits scanning pockets for IPhones and pulling lots of other scams. It is a huge problem. Paris police have turned their backs on the problem. Read the other threads on the subject for recent personal experiences. Maybe take a cheap IPOD Touch instead.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 01:16 PM
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There's no such thing as a "cheap" iPod Touch, at least not if you're on my budget. The cheapest one is $199. I love mine, but it does not have all the functionality an iPhone does - no GPS, for starters, and obviously no ability to make calls.

While realizing that one person's experience does not necessarily predict another's, I had no problems in March by keeping my phone zipped in my cross-body bag, keeping my arm on it all the time while walking. If I needed to use the phone map, I'd step out of the way (as would be common courtesy anyway) and do so. It's good to be aware of possibilities, but suggesting that someone buy yet another expensive device that could get stolen makes no sense to me.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 01:45 PM
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A no contract IPhone can cost over $500. A used IPod Touch can be had for around $99. I would never under any circumstances take my IPhone out in public view in Paris to use GPS. How can you watch the GPS and what is going on around you at the same time? Just trying to help. Ignore at your own peril.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 02:22 PM
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I don't "watch" it while walking down a crowded street; I agree that that's silly for a number of reasons. Hence the getting out of the way, under a shop awning or whatever. I find what I need quickly, put it away and move on. I know that your daughter's phone was stolen and I'd be upset as well, but many, many of the Parisians I saw were walking around chatting, texting or app-ing. Not the smartest idea, I agree (in Paris or anywhere else), but it's not as though everyone using a phone on the street is going to get it ripped out of their hands. Your point to be careful is taken. Your point to completely avoid using in public the device I bought for that purpose is where we disagree.
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Aug 28th, 2012, 02:45 PM
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Fodor's has a free Paris guide app for downloading.
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