Since I got my first cell phone many years ago, I had been paying $60 a month on average. That’s $720 every year for a cell phone. I know that probably sounds like nothing to all you smartphone users, but for me…it’s a lot.
While I would love to have a shiny new iPhone and be able to get online no matter where I am, I’m not willing to spend that much money. Granted you can always sell your iPhone for much more than most other models, but that’s not enough (for me) to make up for the cost. You can call me cheap, it’s okay—it doesn’t hurt my feelings one bit.
It’s just unrealistic and unnecessary for me to spend a lot of money on a cell phone right now. Since we only have one car, I’m stuck at home most of the time. At home, we have the internet and a phone, so it’s not important to have the internet or lots of minutes when I’m out.
When we buy a second car, depending on the circumstances, I might need more…but I doubt it. I’m still confident that my little prepaid phone will be enough to get me by until I get home. Maybe I’m not cool because I don’t have a smartphone like everybody else, but I don’t care. I have what I need and I’m saving a ton of money every month.
Some people actually have to own smartphones because of their jobs, they have to be able to work online and be available 24/7. In those cases, they should either be covered by the employer, discounted in some manner or be able to be written off as a business expense.
Originally, getting a prepaid cell phone was a temporary fix. I was on a family plan with my mom for years, then all of the sudden she switched over to a Verizon family plan with her husband. I can’t blame her, we had T-mobile and it sucked. I couldn’t even get reception 99% of the time in our apartment and they kept telling me nothing was wrong.
I didn’t have much time to come up with a solution, so I cancelled my service with T-mobile and started researching prepaid cell phones. I ended up decided on TracFone and haven’t regretted it once. I love the idea of double or triple minutes for life. I don’t really talk on the phone much, so my main concern would be service days.
When I bought the phone, on September 1st, 2012, it cost $54.18 (after tax) for the phone, double minutes for life and a 200 minute airtime card (which doubled to 400 minutes because of the double minutes feature). I still have a few service days and a little bit of minutes left and it’s been over 4 months. That’s just awesome.
I’m still able to make calls when I’m out and if our power goes out, I’m good to go. Why didn’t I get a prepaid cell phone sooner? I could have saved so much money over the years and had better reception at the same time.
My T-mobile cell phone didn’t even get any reception at all in our new house. I had to drive up to the freeway to get a bar, that’s just ridiculous. I’m so glad that we ended up switching to a prepaid cellphone before we moved into our new house.
If you don’t talk on the phone a ton and you can go a few hours without the internet, you should at least consider trying a prepaid phone. My phone doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it gets the job done and helps me to save a ton of money.
For some people, ditching their smartphone is never going to happen. But we all have different priorities and spending habits.
Have you ever tried a prepaid phone?
What do you like or not like about prepaid phones?