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My phone isn't "smart"

April 28th, 2012 at 11:48 am

Most of my friends have phones that do about everything. Until about 3 months ago, my phone was pretty ratty looking and I had to charge it about every night. It wasn't because it was one of those phones with everything, the phone was just about done for. I looked into battery replacement and concluded it was cheaper to get a new phone.

Have you been phone shopping lately? All the different things and how disappointed the sales person was when I said my cell was for making and receiving phone calls. Period. Tried to sell me a memory card for photos and this and that. I need this for a data plan. He wasn't a happy camper when I said I don't need a fancy plan...I don't text, don't send photos, and didn't plan on accessing the 'net.

Many of my friends were shocked. No texting? Really?

I explained that our phone plan is bare bones and I wasn't going to get a more expensive plan to text. DH wouldn't text nor would my brother so I cannot see the extra expense. Apparently my friends think I am nothing short of weird.

Being pragmatic, I can't see spending more for something that I am not interested in using. It's just one more expense and I would prefer to not spend money that way.

So, no smart phone for me...guess my phone is kind of dumb and I use it as a phone...make and receive calls...kind of unheard of, isn't it?

7 Responses to “My phone isn't "smart"”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    If I didn't have a teenager, I'd feel the same way about the texting. I do text, but I don't have the smartphones with internet access and apps. DH does and he's ready to be done with it!

    Great job only getting what you need.

  2. Jerry Says:

    I have a pretty bare-bones phone, myself. It WILL go online, but I never use it for that. I receive and send texts only because it leads to savings over calling in the country where I live. However, I don't need insurance for some expensive gadget, and with the abuse I tend to give my phone (unintentionally), that is a good thing.

  3. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I want a dumb phone too! I don't want my teenager calling me when I'm at the grocery store asking me to pick up another item. I don't want to have to monitor my phone for text messages. Just call me at home and leave me a message and I'll get to you when I get to you. All I wanted was an emergency phone that I hoped to never use. But the DH is a technogeek and has to make sure we all have the uber bells and whistles. Ack. Rob, it's your time and money. Get the bare bones and save your money. Good call on your part (no pun intended)

  4. Ima saver Says:

    I don't even have a cell phone nor do I want one. DH has one and his is worn out too. He is going to try and get a new bare bones phone next week. I wish him luck!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I was perfectly happy with my "dumb' phone ... until I got my iPhone a few years ago. Big Grin I rarely (1 or 2 x a year) texted, and never used the net with my previous phones .... brother got an iPhone ... grandma and dad were convinced that I should have one too - against my better judgement, I agreed (knowing that once I had it, I'd never go back) ... I was right - I can never go back. Good for you sticking to your guns and staying with the dumb phone!

  6. crazyliblady Says:

    I feel the same way about my cell phone. Neither my husband nor I has a "crackberry" (as he likes to call it). We both have normal Motorola phones. His is on an AT&T individual plan because he uses it a lot. I have a prepaid phone from Tracfone. I buy about 60 minutes every 3 months, so it works out to about $7 a month. I am very happy with it. I don't sent texts, but am set up to receive emergency texts from my work just in case.

  7. baselle Says:

    My phone is a primitive Net10 phone. $15/month and it gives me 300 minutes which I rollover from month to month. I get phone calls, and text a bit and receive tweets from the two transit systems and the police. Useful during snow and if there is police activity.

    A friend and I were scanning the photos of Seattle May Day rallies and were very amused that many of the marchers were marching but looking at their smart phones. Baaaa! I do have to say that my fellow bus riders texting are much less annoying than they are yakking on the phone.

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