Posted by Tim Stobbs on April 25, 2013
So after not having a cell phone for the last six years I started 2013 by actually buying one. Yet after having one for a few months I thought perhaps this was a good time for an update.
Well first off, let me say this: I rarely use my phone for calls I have like two calls in the last three months and one of them was a spam call. Um, so why do I have a phone? Apparently texting. Seriously I do a lot of texts to people. It’s my primary way to ask short questions and often plan social events with it. Actually now that I’m also on a cell phone my wife and I have noticed a serious drop off in the number of calls we get to the house. Instead of a call to go over for coffee with some family we now often just text instead.
Other than that I’ve really like having the camera on my phone. I’ve put more photos on my personal Facebook feed in the last three months than the previous three years. It’s just easy. Take a photo..then wait until I get somewhere with free wifi and upload the pic. I still don’t have a data plan with my smart phone and I don’t think I’ll bother most of the time (I may breakdown on vacation..I’m still deciding).
Yet the truly great thing about a my smartphone…Evernote. Seriously useful. It’s my electronic memory bank of all sorts of things. If I want to remember a quote from a book, take a photo and upload it to Evernote. Remember a good bottle of wine at a dinner, take a pic and upload. Like a movie preview, update my ‘To Watch’ list. Need to remember a book to read, update my ‘To Read’ list. Heck, most of my next book research is on Evernote. It was literally worth buying the phone just to be able to use that app alone.
And what do I pay per month? $5 for 250 texts and $5 for the 911 fees and odd call or at most $10/month. So I have to admit I’m utter confused on why the hell people pay $65/month phone bills for unlimited text, data and local calls. I could get it if it was to replace your home phone and you were often away from wifi, but for most people working in the city neither is true. I suppose it is hard for people who get used to having data everywhere to clue in that you don’t actually need it if you are willing to just wait a bit.
Anyway, that’s been my frugal experience with my cell phone so far. Obviously depending on your usage, the costs can change dramatically. So what features do you use on your phone?