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No more smartphone maybe

post #1 of 14
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I have been craving less in touch with technology, i am thinking of deleting my fb, but really truely would love to get rid of my iphone and get something old fashioned just for emergencies or occasional texting. I mean i love how good it takes pictures, but its so distracting. I cant just leave it aside for some reason, lol. I just want to be present more in the moment for myself, my kids and husband. Is this weird? Anyone else not have a smartphone?
post #2 of 14

No smartphone here, though it has more to do with the fact that I so rarely use a phone I can't justify buying a new one. I have an old prepaid (flip) phone that has rollover minutes. I think I spend about $10 in minutes a month...

post #3 of 14
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$10 is nice! Would live to save my family some money each month, dang phone is too expensive!
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by mamapigeon View Post

No smartphone here, though it has more to do with the fact that I so rarely use a phone I can't justify buying a new one. I have an old prepaid (flip) phone that has rollover minutes. I think I spend about $10 in minutes a month...

I doubt if they'll have something so cheap in the U.S. - not with rollover minutes. :(

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I doubt if they'll have something so cheap in the U.S. - not with rollover minutes. :(


I am in the US. :) I use net10, which costs $.10 a minute. So, since I only use about 100 minutes a month, it is $10. I think most people talk on the phone more than I do, which would definitely make it more expensive. The cards of minutes come in larger amounts, like 300, 600, and 900, but have longer day limits (60 for the 300 minutes, etc).

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No smartphone here, though it has more to do with the fact that I so rarely use a phone I can't justify buying a new one. I have an old prepaid (flip) phone that has rollover minutes. I think I spend about $10 in minutes a month...

Me too!  We all use tracfone.  I buy a bulk of minutes at the beginning of the year.  I usually hit $100/year.  My dh uses a lot more min/month than I do but his phone has triple minutes for life so he only spends about $200/year.  

 

BTW we are in the US.  I buy our minutes online vs getting the cards.  There are always online deals that are great (esp. if you use a lot of minutes).  DH did the 1000 minute online deal with bonus minutes.  Since he gets triple minutes, that equalled 3000 plus his bonus of (I think) 250.  The minutes never expire.

 

Amy

post #7 of 14

I don't have smart phone or iphone. I just don't desire that sort of technology right now. I do have a Net 10 and put pre-paid cards on every few months. I can't wait until our society can ease up on technology but I don't think it's going away anytime soon.

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Sativarain1 View Post

I don't have smart phone or iphone. I just don't desire that sort of technology right now. I do have a Net 10 and put pre-paid cards on every few months. I can't wait until our society can ease up on technology but I don't think it's going away anytime soon.

I agree 100%!! I'm so glad I'm not the only one that wants less technology at my fingertips!
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Neera View Post

I doubt if they'll have something so cheap in the U.S. - not with rollover minutes. :(

 

I have a tracfone (just talk and text) with double minutes for life.  I put in $20 every three months and my minutes roll over.  I like having a phone for when I need it but I don't use it all that much, so <$7 per month fits my budget fine.

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by mamapigeon View Post


I am in the US. :) I use net10, which costs $.10 a minute. So, since I only use about 100 minutes a month, it is $10. I think most people talk on the phone more than I do, which would definitely make it more expensive. The cards of minutes come in larger amounts, like 300, 600, and 900, but have longer day limits (60 for the 300 minutes, etc).

Thanks. Sorry, I didn't read WA, just Vancouver. I think a friend of mine is using the 10c a minute prepaid phone but don't know if she has rollover.

post #11 of 14

I'll have to start researching prepaid. I am not much of a phone person either. I have shared minutes with dh so when I have minutes remaining I'll use them to chat when I am the park or some place like that. I don't need to. What I can't understand is how people dive for their phones while driving, at restaurants, in company.


Edited by Neera - 8/13/13 at 10:06am
post #12 of 14

I use Airvoice wireless. I have the 40/month plan for dh which he needs for work. I have the 30/month unlimited talk/text but am probably going to downgrade it. The boys have the 10/month plans :)

 

I just got a used Blackberry non-smart phone off ebay and I'm sooooo happy!!! It has bigger keys for texting, and it works great. It's a 2007 model and still going strong. Like you, I was tired of smart phones and felt too connected. It seemed like the more advanced phones got, the more stressed I got; always checking it, taking pics, etc. With a "normal" phone, I'm back to basics, calling and texting. That's all I need my phone to do. 

post #13 of 14

If you don't use the phone much, Tracfone is about as cheap as it gets.  They sell very inexpensive phones, some with triple minutes and as long as you keep the phone active (costs about $120/year) the minutes don't expire.

 

But if you text a lot, it may well not be your best option, as each text sent or received eats up a third to a half a minute.

 

I had it for years and if you don't need to contact customer service, it's great.  If you do, it's a nightmare.  For the most part, I was very happy with it.  I've now gone over to the dark side with a cheap prepaid smartphone, but for just low use talk, Tracfone was fine.

post #14 of 14
I agree, it is way too easy to get absorbed in the online world. I *try* to be disciplined and save the iPad for nap time and check FB, email, yahoo news (why can't I stop reading the comments??) and MDC. But if I need to email DH in the morning or try to sneak on while the girls are busy it takes great effort for me to switch it off! I have a tracfone for emergencies and texting my cousin and sister. Texting really takes minutes fast, so maybe stick with a plan if you use your phone as your primary phone but downgrade to a dummy phone.
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