March 6, 2013 by Kristen 139 Comments A little over two years ago, I wrote about how I manage without a smart phone, so I thought it might be time for an update. When I flew to the Aldi Test Kitchens in October, as soon as the plane landed, everyone immediately pulled out their phones, and my seatmate was surprised that I didn’t.
I somehow have managed to maintain relationships without texting for the last 34 years of my life, and I’m pretty sure I can do so going forward. So, I really don’t feel like a smart phone could offer me enough benefits to outweigh the loss of freedom it would bring. I’m going to go against the grain here and say I love my iPhone I held off getting a phone at all until I started uni and had a job, even though many of my friends had them in high school.
I was on prepaid for about 8 years, with the most basic, non-colour screen Nokia (those phones were basically indestructable).
Whether or not I should get a smart phone is something I debate in my head every now and then, and this post is sort of a written-out version of what happens in my head! Kristen, I don’t find you smug or annoying at all, but I just felt that no one who thinks they *need* a smart phone is going to be convinced otherwise by us prepaid cheapskates.
Thank you for writing a post that helps me remember why I really don’t need a smart phone. I feel like people in general are so attached to their phones, that they fail to live in the present when they are around other people.
I’m sure I would use a smart phone and enjoy the various aps, but I do enjoy not being tied to technology everywhere I go! When we went to Europe I was very pleasantly surprised at how many people on the streets were still with basic flip phones around there!

For right now, a cell phone of any sort is completely unnecessary for any of them, especially since they’re homeschooled. You can add an unlimited texting package to your 10 cent per minute plan for $19.99 per month. You need to activate this plan Walmart or online, but you get free shipping on phones and devices. For $45 per month you can get unlimited talk, text and data from Straight Talk along with a nice selection of smart phones. Virgin's Beyond Talk plans offer unlimited text and data along with varying amounts of talk time starting at $35 per month. Follow the instructions that come with the phone to activate it.When you are prompted for a service plan type, pick the one that is described as "when you make outgoing calls, you will be charged".
People seem to be disconnected from the world everywhere you go because there phone is dictating their life.
I am very scared for people who are so dependent on their phones, etc that they can’t be bothered to interact with other humans. On the other hand I like getting notifications when someone comments on my blog (although I can understand you wouldn’t want that Kristen with the number of comments you get!), and I definitely like having google maps to stop me from getting lost! We have considered getting a phone for when we travel (usually camping in state parks) and for emergencies.
For $10 a month you get unlimited texting to other Verizon customers plus 250 additional text messages.
However, the cheapest plan that includes unlimited texting is the $30 plan that comes with 100 voice minutes, unlimited text and up to 5GB of high-speed data - could be a good choice for a smartphone user on a budget.

The good thing about this company is that you can activate smart phones on their inexpensive plans as long as you're willing to forgo the data. I am with you on the phones (hubs and I still have standard flip phones, although we do text), but I was gifted a Kindle (one with wi-fi, so it can do way more than just books) this past Christmas and have really enjoyed it!
My husband’s work flip phone is on the Sprint network and his employer allows us to take it on our trips but, everytime we have tried to use it, there is not service. If you travel or live out of range of cell service you will have the same problem as your husband’s work phone that would be true even with a smart phone. I am very satisfied with this low cost 2 piece system as a I find that free wi-fi is available all over the place.
The exploit grants a lifetime of free texting, assuming that the company stays afloat from now until the end of time.Right now, the cheapest prepaid GoPhone runs for about $20. So, with the cards, you could go to Wal-Mart and pick up a phone and a card for under $50 and have an emergency phone for life. I’m so used to laying in bed all day (morning sickness) on my phone, I wonder what productive things I could be doing besides Facebook stalking!

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