For the last 5 or so years, my family has been on a rogue Verizon plan. Back in the early days of data, Verizon has an unlimited data plan, that it quickly realized was not the best way to make the most money off of people.
My dad found a loophole and as long as we did absolutely nothing to our plan, we kept the unlimited data.
This meant that we continued paying for a 5th line after my grandmother passed away.
This meant that only three of the five phones on the plan had data, so my mom toiled away with her little flip phone – hating it more and more with every passing year.
This meant that we had to buy our phones full price and then go fight with Verizon to activate them (there was one particularly frustrating time I got an iPhone and had to go back and forth between Verizon and the Apple store about five times to get everything up and working correctly).
All this fuss seemed a little crazy to me each time until I considered the alternative.
The funny thing is, 10 years ago, I never would’ve thought that soon one of my required monthly expenses would be the tiny computer I keep in my pocket.
There’s a not-so-small part of me that’s all about simplicity and off-the-grid living and she thinks this is all ridiculous. Spending nearly $500 on a phone? Dropping $160 a month for 4 people’s phone lines? A prepaid flip phone would run me around $30 for the entire year, considering how much I hate talking on the phone.
However, the other part of me that’s obsessed with having the entire world at my fingertips is all about shelling out that dough, covering the $500 investment in a leather iPhone case and hoping for the best.
So much so that last time my phone started acting a little wonky, I knew I needed to set aside some savings so I could afford the next one. It never even occurred to me to go back to the cheaper, flip-phone world.
That being said, if I didn’t have a smartphone, here’s how my life would change.
- I’d need to shell out money for an old school GPS for my car. Because we are not being all stone age and going back to an atlas. I had a terrible time in Canada trying to remember how to use a map when my data didn’t work there.
- I’d need to keep my laptop with me all the time, since my job requires that I check emails and be online regularly (stage managing and blogging).
- I probably wouldn’t get as much done with the blogging half of my work – especially networking, almost all of the other blog reading I get done is done on my phone on the go.
- I’d be less obsessed with social media.
- I’d live in the moment more and spend less time trying to document the moment.
- I’d read more.
- Based on my research earlier in the year, I’d get 2 hours of each day back.
Honestly, if it weren’t for work, I think I could totally go back to the pre-smartphone days. I think it would feel like quitting a bad habit at first, but I could do it.