Why Dumb Phones Are Smart

For many years my family and I have been using cell phones. I think they’re awesome. Throw in a decent built-in camera, and life is just peachy.

But then we got into smart phones. My wife got one. Then I got one, and our older son was soon to join in on that. Then we followed that up by getting our first tablet. Then a year later, we got three more. And then one more the year after that.

Oh yeah, we have three iPod Touch on top of that.

So altogether, our family of five is currently using…

  • 3 smart phones
  • 3 iPods
  • 2 iPads
  • 3 iPad minis
  • 2 dumb phones

That’s a lot of tech. And we love them all.  Well, the iPods don’t really get used much right now, but I’m keeping them for the future, because I know that we’re going to want them before too long.

These smart phones and data plans are just killing me. If I were to add up all the money I’ve spent on smart phones and data plans over the past 4-5 years, it would be enough to buy a brand new car! That is no exaggeration.

Dumb Phones Are Way Cheaper Than Smart Phones

Over the past year alone, I’ve spent over $3,000 for cell phone service for my family. That’s 3 smartphones and 2 dumbphones. Throw in the 3 tablets that we got “on sale” with data plans…and it’s well over $4,000 in just 12 months.

Holy mother of god that is a crap load of money that I will never have back in my checking account. If I was smart, I would’ve just bought dumb phones and iPads for all of us and no data plans…and I STILL would have over $2,000 of that money in my pocket. And that’s just ONE YEAR. We’ve been using smart phones for over 4 years now.

How smart is that?

We pay for Internet and wifi at home anyway.

We have free wifi available at almost every store and restaurant we go to.

Why the heck do we need to pay $300 for data for 6 devices when 90% of our web surfing is done on wifi anyways?

That makes no sense.

That is just plain dumb.

Dumb Phones Don’t Suck Your Brains Out Like Smart Phones Do

Having that constant Internet connection and dozens of apps in your pocket 24/7 does something else to you besides just sucking the money right out of your pocket. It also sucks your brain right out of your head.

Here’s a fun experiment…

Go out to the mall or something – maybe even a restaurant – and just sit there and watch the people around you for an hour or so. How many of them are stumbling around like brainless zombies, eyes glued to their devices, barely even noticing the world around them? How many almost get hit by cars walking through the parking lot or stepping out into the street? How many sit there at a table with friends or family, totally oblivious to the other person sitting two feet away?

How did we become so insane?

How did we become so out of touch with the world around us?

I love my Internet as much as the next guy. Hell, here I am at my laptop, connected to wifi and banging out another blog post. So I get it. The Internet is cool. I like it too.

But there’s more to life than your IG feed. There’s a whole world of interesting people in your own home, your own workplace, and in your own neighborhood, but when your attention is locked into your smart phone day and night…you’re missing it.

Dumb Phone + wifi = Best of Both Worlds

I have an iPhone and I love what it can do. But after a year and a half, I’ve finally realized that it’s just not worth the money I’m paying for it every month. I’m stuck halfway through a 2-year contract, and I want out really bad.

I held out for a few years before getting my first iPhone, and I loved it immediately. I wondered how I ever survived without it.

But that was before I started keeping track of the cell phone bills.

Now, I can’t wait to get out of this contract, downgrade to some cheap, rugged, little flip phone, and then dust off my iPod and just use that to take pics and surf the web when we’re out and about…if at all.

I also have that iPad tablet. So I mean, why do I even need a smartphone? I could just carry my dumb phone and iPod around with me, and maybe bring my iPad along too when appropriate.

If I have my wife and kids take the same approach, that’s almost $300 a month that we will be saving.

I am SO looking forward to that.

Paying $300 a month for a service that you can get for free is just not smart.