Honestly, I would love to have a smart phone, but our budget for phones is generally on the low end. I freely admit that I look at the phones and drool over the features, but in the end we just cannot justify the expense. And, while the thought of ever being without my cell phone scares me, it does not justify the need for a smart phone. I looked at some of the costs associated with the purchases and it would be too much money for something I wouldn't get that much use out of.
What do I do with my phone now? Well, I talk... And I text... And I might play a game or 2. But I don't really use the calendar because I don't find it particularly user friendly. I do use the alarm clock feature for many reasons, both class-related and personal and I like the fact that I can set up to 3 different alarms. I text a lot, so having the keyboard was a big deal for me. I suspect I prefer texting over talking because of the whole teaching things. I talk so much that by the end, I am all talked out.
Now, I've been with Verizon for almost 10 years and wanted desperately to keep the contract I have because it is the most cost effective plan we can find. Plus, we have the "go anywhere" plan which means we rarely incur roaming charges. When we traveled to Virginia, we were lucky enough to never incur a roaming charge, And I wouldn't want to change that.
As it is, my current 2 year contract is up. We're doing comparison shopping for our next phone, and I've managed to convince Big Guy to at least look at some of the smartphones. Who knows? Maybe next time I talk about phones, I'll have one.
Verizon and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post, and they asked me to talk about why I don't have a smartphone.