In my head, there is a battle going on . . a battle about the cell phone! One one side, I am so sick of seeing people driving while talking on the cell phone or eating out with their family while talking on the cell phone or trying to navigate the grocery store with a cart full of groceries while talking on the cell phone . . I just want to say NO! I’m going to prove I am not that person and get rid of the phone completely. But, then I know . . no one really cares whether I have a phone or not and me giving up my phone isn’t going to change a blasted thing!
The real battle is that we pay about $1,500/year for the two of us to have cell phones. For some it’s worth it . . for me, it just isn’t! I could get rid of the data plan, which is $15/month but that’s not really that much savings. I could get rid of the texting plan which is $30/month but that’s the part of the phone I use the most.
$1,500 isn’t going to make or break our budget but . . it’s the principle . . it seems quite wasteful . . especially since we got rid of satellite TV which was about $900/year. Then I think . . no cell phone and no satellite saves $2,400/year. In ten years, that’s $24,000. That’s pretty big.
I would want a cell phone when traveling but maybe just one of those pre-paid or other basic type phones would work for that.
First, we have to have AT&T. Nothing else . . absolutely nothing . . we’ve checked . . will work here. AT&T only works here because of the microcell. Even with the microcell, if I walk more than 10 feet from the house, I lose cell service so having the phone doesn’t do me any good outside when I’m working in the garden or dealing with the chickens.
AT&T does have a plan similar to SmartTalk but it costs more than our current plan. It does offer unlimited data and calls but we so rarely go over our limit.
Because the cell phone works off the microcell which works off the internet which works off electricity, any time the power or the internet is off, the cell phone doesn’t work anyway.
I could go with a cheap, no frills pre-paid phone for traveling and since I can activate the data plan on the iPad as needed, on a monthly basis with no contract, I could activate it when traveling but for the most part, I travel with my laptop and would rather work on it than the iPad anyway.
So . . I’ve rambled about this ongoing battle about what to do about the cell phone. To all you readers who always have such great advice . . please solve this problem for me! 🙂