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On ditching the cell phone

November 16th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I gave up my cell phone a couple months ago for a couple reasons.
1. It broke and was going to cost me $50 to fix.

2. I rarely used it and was pretty sure I used it far less than my bare-bones policy accommodated.

3. I get tired of how rude other people are with their cell phones and didn't want any part of it for me.

At first I thought I'd look into pre-paid phones. But it has been two or three months now and I have only missed the phone on a couple occasions. I wished I'd had it when my husband and I got separated at my kids' carnival, but I stayed in one place and he found me. And I sometimes wish I had it to make a quick phone call home from the road, just to check in. But now I just call from work before heading the door if I want to check in.

It's oddly freeing not having the cell phone. No one can call me at inopportune times and I am not obligated to listen to the voice mail on the stupid thing. And I'm saving about $45 a month.

DH has a cell phone paid for entirely by his employer and I can use it if ever necessary. And if I ever take a long trip or something by myself, I'll look in to a pre-paid phone. But for now, I do not miss my cell phone.

6 Responses to “On ditching the cell phone”

  1. campfrugal Says:

    We have both, cell phone with a plan and a pay-as-you-go phone from Virgin Mobile. Actually, we have two of those. We love them. We only put about $20 on one of them about every three months. My husband uses one and he probably uses around $30 a month. The good thing about the pay-as-you-go phones, there are no FCC and state regulated charges added, just tax when you buy a phone card or add money online. So the $20 phone card cost us $21.20 with tax.

  2. Petunia Says:

    Good for you! I'm glad this option has worked out so well for you!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    I don't have a cell phone and I don't want one. I hate seeing someone using a phone when driving!

  4. toyguy1963 Says:

    I agree with you so much on this one. I have a bareboned plan myself and feel like its a waste of time and money. I intend on getting rid of mine very soon too.

  5. buddy Says:

    In May of 2010, I'm going pre-paid. I agree, people have bad cell phone telephone manners.

  6. Kris10leigh Says:

    What really gets me is when the older generation is rude with the cell phones. They darn well know better and it scares me to think what the younger generation is going to do.

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