My mobile phone isn’t smart and I have to triple-tap, but it would have blown my mind in junior high.
My first cell phone was a Christmas gift when I was in college in 1997. I could hardly use it because the network was still in progress in my college town. How did I spend the first twenty years of my life without something that seems so essential now? We live in an awesome age. I am going to be one of those old women who tell their grandchildren about life before cell phones and personal computers. The internet is a miracle. I still call the DVD player a VCR, I just can’t keep up with it all.
Anyway, when I got that first cell phone I signed up for a monthly plan, and I stayed with it for the next ten years. I canceled my home phone and felt modern with just my mobile phone.
In July 2007 our family decided to do our first No Spend Month. Since we weren’t spending time shopping, I had time to look carefully at our regular monthly bills. I noticed I wasn’t talking on the phone that much, but I was spending $40 a month for it. I decided to switch to a prepaid “pay as you go” plan from T-Mobile, the kind where you buy minutes in advance and refill them when you need to.
Three years later, I’m glad I did. I’ve been spending an average of $7.64 a month for my phone minutes, compared to $40 before. Over three years that saved me $1,165! Additional bonus? No contract.
This works for me because I’m not really a phone person; I use it occasionally. We also have a home phone now because where we live a home phone with internet service costs us less than internet alone.
Doug asked me if I wanted to upgrade my phone so that it would be easier to text, but I think I’ll stick with what I have and my $7.64 monthly cost.
You can text me, just don’t expect a quick response because I’m pretty slow at triple-tap. I should probably also figure out how to program phone numbers into it.