As you may have read, yesterday, my family faced an Internet white-out last week.
Thankfully, everyone made it out alive as we lived disconnected from the web for about a week.
Once we figured out that we would be without the web and telephone for a full week, we finally decided we should spring for a smartphone.
This Tech Blogger Has No Smartphone?
Yes, that’s right, sound the alarm, my wife and I don’t have a smartphone. It’s been a conscience decsion. There have been several contributing factors, for those that are curious, here’s why:
- We don’t want to be those people who always have their face in a device.
- We spend enough time working online, and to make matters worse, we work from home. So breaking away from work—and desk—should also require unplugging from the Internet.
- Money. And even more important than the cost, committing to a contract. Living overseas isn’t cheap, so cutting costs when we can is important.
We do, however, use an iPod. The latest iPod, like many smartphones, have great cameras; plus, we can access the web if there’s a real emergency using a friends wifi connection. Having an iPod has been the perfect solution to reap many benefits that a smartphone provides, without having to deal with all the negatives.
Because Things Change
Being without the net and losing our phone connection, we decided to take another pass at getting our first smartphone. After pricing data plans and going over our budget, we found that getting one smartphone plan would be a net neutral move.
It was a no brainer.
So, we headed out to get our first iPhone! We were really excited, and it had been something we had thought about, prayed about, and considered for serveral years. We were not going into this lightly.
But then we didn’t have an Italian credit card…
No iPhone for You!?!
It turned out that our American credit card wasn’t going to land us an iPhone with our data plan, and that we would need to purchase a smartphone outright.
We had our hearts set on an iPhone, and while we could have just as easily bought one outright, we couldn’t bring ourselves to drop that many coins on one. For the same price as an iPhone 4s—not even an iPhone 5 or 6—we could land a better Android device (Samsung) for the half the cost!
No wonder Android rules the world marketplace.
If I were only going to spend an extra five bucks a month to land an iPhone, I could probably justify it. But an extra couple hundred bucks upfront was not a compromise I was willing to make.
In fact, upon further review, I found that iPhones in general are far more of a status symbol than I had first realized (in Europe anyway). I’ve gone from Windows to Mac, and aside from being a lame gaming platform (just buy a Playstation!), I would not want to go back.
I can not say the same thing when it comes to smartphones.