Thursday, February 11, 2010

Like smartphones for money

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.


CastoCreations said...

I've not heard of Juice Box Jungle. Are they a site that sets you up with posts for reimbursement?

I got a smart phone and it is OK. I don't like the way it sounds when I talk on the phone ... it's hard to find the ear portion to hear from (does that make sense?).

And while I've found the internet access handy occasionally, I rarely actually use it. I may down grade soon if it doesn't cost me anything in fees.

Kittencaboodle said...

I've been getting emails from them on a regular basis asking for blog entries on particular topics. For that, they put $10 in your account with them. You can check it out here:

If you sign up, tell them kittencaboodle sent you! :-)

Amber said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog frog community. I personally LOVE my blackberry, maybe a little too much. But I do get a discount through my company and that helps a ton. I hate dteh calendar feature on my old phone, it was truly useless. I have heard a lot of people like Cozi ( for calendar stuff and somehow it uses your texting to keep you up to date on all your family needs. I haven't really used it, but maybe it would help.

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