About 12 or 14 years ago one of the cell phone companies came to the office where I worked. They were promoting their phones to the employees of our large firm. They had an “emergency” program which was very reasonable which assumed you’d only use the phone on rare occasions such as when you had a flat tire or something similar. I signed up for that program.
Over the years I’ve gotten less enthusiastic about the cell phone. The cost increased, naturally, from that very low one. After a few years, it appeared that I had signed up for two-years of service “on a contract.” Every two years, they would switch the phone instrument and want to sell me a feature for this, that, or the other thing. What they didn’t want to sell me was that basic emergency plan. It appeared to have vanished.
Now it’s a rare individual who doesn’t have a cell phone that is also a camera, will download email, and do heaven only knows what else. I wonder if it will stoop to make the lowly phone call. When my provider changed out my phone this last time, I decided I didn’t like that phone. It was too small and I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to dial a number on it without pressing multiple buttons all at the same time when I only wanted to press a few, sequentially, to make a call. After some thought, I decided to just cancel the whole thing and maybe get a prepaid phone.
That was not easily accomplished. I ended up having to pay the balance of a two-year contract which was fairly expensive. The company gave no consideration to the fact I had been a loyal customer for a number of years, paying a monthly bill and rarely ever making a call.
My nephew told me about a website, puretalkusa.com, that interested him. They had a flex plan which would only cost $10/month. I looked at their plans and while $10/month seems modest, if you’re never or only rarely ever going to make a call on the cell phone, it would be expensive. You were given some number of minutes per month and they would roll over to the next one if you didn’t use them. That’s nice but I could just see me at the end of the year with over a thousand unused minutes.
So today I bought a prepaid phone. I shall have to keep my eye on it and add minutes to it every three months but I think this will come closer to meeting my “emergency” cell phone needs. Do you have a cell phone? Do you use it in place of having a land line?