I think I am experiencing iPhone withdrawal. I keep stopping what I am doing to post things…and then realizing I can’t.
On the up side, I keep realizing I can’t post about everything I do, and getting back to doing what I was doing, instead of just talking about it.
Then, I come home and post about it.
Well…at least I am saving fifty bucks a month, right?
Oh, and: My sincere apologies to anyone with whom I tried to text or talk to on my cell phone today. I am still learning how to use it. I think I failed a few times.
Sorry for the sideways picture of my daughter, too, if you happened to receive that. Apparently, in order to take pictures that are upright, I have to turn my phone sideways.
Don’t worry. I’ll get it.
I never planned to have an iPhone. In fact, the idea seemed completely outlandish to me ~ why would I need an iPhone??
Well, then someone gave Shane a new iPhone, so he had this old one just lying around. For a long time, we let it just lie around. I just didn’t need one. Then, something happened to my phone. Honestly, I can’t even remember what it was. What I do remember is that I was without a phone, and so we decided maybe I could activate the iPhone and just use it as a regular phone. Just not get the data plan. The only problem with that plan turned out to be that you’re not allowed to do that, I guess. So, we debated buying me a new little cell phone, or activating the iPhone. In the end, I decided to give the iPhone a shot.
I have had such a great time with my iPhone. I post pictures and status updates to Facebook, search directions using the map feature, look up restaurant menus on the road before we stop… It’s a pretty fun, addictive little device.
But then, here we are trying to save money, and every time I see our cell phone bill, I think, “Holy cow! That’s a lot of scratch!” I mean, with 4 out of 5 of us having cell phones, and two of those being iPhones, we end up averaging about $200/month in cell phone bills. That is just not reasonable, in my opinion, so I went in to AT & T Wireless a few days ago to find out what I could do to save a little money.
I had been thinking for some time that I might like to switch back to a regular cell phone, anyway. Don’t get me wrong ~ I have enjoyed my iPhone. It’s just that I don’t need it. In fact, the more I thought about going back to a regular phone, the more the idea appealed to me. Yes, it’s true ~ I won’t be posting as many up-to-the-minute reports on Facebook. I’m sure we will all survive. In fact, in a way, I think it will be better. I feel like I was living more mindfully ~ that I was more fully invested in living each moment ~ when I was not all Facebook-drunk.
I used to like being out with the family, maybe taking a few pictures, and then coming home at the end of the day (or the week, or whatever) and sitting down to organize my thoughts and write a blog entry about it. Maybe that isn’t for everyone, but it’s more my style. I like having time to mull over things, lay it all down and black & white and mull it over some more before I share it.
I think it’s important to acknowledge here, too, that I have an addictive personality. It’s okay, I can admit that. It is exceedingly easy for me to become addicted to things, and Facebook is one of those things ~ I’d check it on the way to work, in between classes, on my way to pick up kids, while I was out with kids, at dinner, while I was walking, reading, watching a movie….uncool. That was not the way I wanted to live. I wanted to be more present, more relaxed and more…well, just more ME. I am not a technology buff. It’s just not my thing. It never has been, but I got sucked in. And I didn’t really like it.
So, after much consideration, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be better to save that money and spend it on things that ARE my thing?” I decided it would.
Off I went to AT & T Wireless. A very helpful young man named George looked over our account with me, and he advised that we consider removing the insurance from any phones that were more than a year old. That was about $10/month/phone, and we had two that qualified. I told him about the idea I had about dropping my data plan. Turns out, I could save $30/month/phone by doing this. Only Shane and I have data plans, and I think Shane probably really does need his, since he uses his phone A LOT for work, especially when he travels. Therefore, at this time, I would really only entertain the idea of nixing my data plan. Nevertheless, dropping insurance and losing my data plan would save us $50/month, and that is nothing to sneeze at.
I mulled it over for a few days, talked to Shane, and decided to go back and do it. Today, I stopped by the store again. This time, I worked with a young woman named Diana. She was extremely helpful, and directed me to some really cute little phones that would suit my needs. I ended up choosing a Pantech Pursuit II. It is pink, and stupidly cute. Which is weird. I am so not a pink and cutesy gal, but I have had several pink and cutesy cell phones over the years. PInk and cutesy just works for cell phones.
Diana switched everything over for me, so I now have my new phone, with no data plan. The interesting thing is that, if I just cannot hang without my data plan (I think I will make it), I can opt to add a data plan for $10/month for unlimited access. I could also add GPS for an additional $10/month. So, worst case scenario, I totally can’t hang and add data and GPS, and I am STILL saving $10/month over my old data plan. Since we axed the insurance, even if I do add data and GPS, we will be saving $30/month, and that’s better than nothing.
It’s also interesting to note that I can still use my iPhone like an iPod (all of my music is on it), and I can use it to access the internet wherever there is WiFi. In the end, I really don’t feel like I am losing much at all. Of course, this is day one. It might be a tougher adjustment than I think, but, for now, I am happy with my cute little pink phone. I’ll keep you posted on how I feel as time goes by.