Monday, August 2, 2010
The world of cell phones~ or High price hang ups....
I mean 30 x 2 x 12 months= $720 x a 2 year contract we're talking $1440 above whatever the monthly rates are plus maybe additional costs for the phone, then the tack on if you want a text package.... etc etc.
There is no doubt the so -called "Smart Phones" are super cool, and they have dazzling features- but I don't want to fork out that kind of money, just for an auxiliary phone. But really, some of them, when seen in person, are pretty crappy pieces of cheap plastic. To read the reviews are a kick in the pants...
you get the full gambit of "I love this phone" to "No- I do not recommend & can't wait to get rid of it."
Some are phantom phones-- take pictures while in pockets & purses. Others don't hold a charge (great the one time you want to use your cell phone to save your life.... it runs out of juice!). Some, you almost need Tinkerbell to operate the keyboard, because they have teeny tiny keyboards, with slick plastic keys.
But as I check out the kiosks, I feel overwhelmed with iphones, Blackberries, Droids, Touch phones, Smart Phones, 3G networks, and the plain old flip phone... which you can text on & take pictures, etc.
To make it more confusing some places fail to post prices on the phones. My mind makes it a blur... plus today we got a guy who, every question we asked he answered with "I'm new here, and I don't know"
Ok... you don't post prices & you don't have info-- thanks for wasting my time!
I will admit up till now I had eschewed texting, but bought a phone with a nice qwerty (real keyboard) feature. So much easier to send a quickie message & have it appear on the other person's phone screen, rather than call voicemail, punch in a password & wait for the robot to play the message. Texting is cool. Not that I am a crazed teenager, feeling obliged to send hundreds of texts pertaining to all things adolescent, each & every minute of my life.. My messages would be more like *I'm toast, please bring home dinner*or *Have I mentioned I HATE the corporate world lately???*
Stuff like that. Less than profound reality checks & such. Keeping it both real & minimalist.
But alas to get that phone we HAD to buy the additional extra $20 buck a month internet connection, with the sucky internet connection.
Who am I that I am so effing important & such a total & complete news junkie, that I MUST have access each & every minute of every day? I mean really.
So we had 30 days in which to return the phones, and today, day 29 we returned them. Went down to a basic model. I liked the fancier phone better.... but am I wiling to pay an extra $600 bucks over a 2 year contract for it? We're not stupid. We know they tack on the internet connectivity for more revenue... they have all that access pre purchased in bulk- more & more it seems the phones are entwined with mandatory add ons.
Why oh why can't we just have a nicer phone w/o the attached $$$ add ons?
So what's your deal re cell phones?
Did you go for a Smart Phone or 3G network & all it's whiz bang features? Do you love it or not?
Do you have the freebie basic & laugh all the way to the bank??