Friday, April 30, 2010

Buh-bye Blackberry

When Blackberries first came out, I remember thinking that I never ever wanted one.  I already felt like I was on a short leash with both a cell phone and email, but when you combine the two, I thought, you would always have to be available.  There would be no excuses.  However, the thing about me is that I'm not an early adopter.  I like to hear someone say that it's worked for them and they love it over and over again before I'm ready to jump in.

So this happened.  Over and over again I heard about the amazing wonders of the Blackberry and then, last June, I became an owner.  A user.  There's a reason people call them "Crackberries."  All of the sudden, I was checking it all the time.  Do I have an email?  A facebook comment?  Not to mention that B downloaded a ridiculously addictive game called "Ka-Glom" onto it which I played all the time.  I have not ever been one to play video games of any kind.  But none of these are the reasons that we finally parted two weeks ago today.  It was the price tag.

Let's face it, I'm a stay at home mom and spending $30 on my data plan a month just didn't make sense anymore.  (Or ever, really.)  I can check my email at home anytime I want on the computer, so all I really need is a reliable cell phone with good service.  So, kicking and screaming, I gave up the ole' BB last month when my plan was up.

We're experimenting with a no-contract cell phone right now that I'm not entirely sold on, but it works.  I do feel like I've set myself back about 5 years cell phone wise, but oh well.  I'm curious about how others of you handle the whole cell phone thing now.  Am I the only one [back] in the dark ages again?


LStewart said...

NO!! You are not the only one back in the cell dark ages. I have a simple calling/txt plan, no data, nothing fancy. I don't do ringback tones, music videos, email, or anything that requires data transfer more so that a simple cell to cell txt.
I wouldn't have it any other way!

Ellen said...

i'm right there with you. i almost got a blackberry once and then saw how much it would increase our bill. both adam and i have very old phones...we are on our 3rd or 4th used phone and soon we will prob have to get new ones as they die slow deaths, but we will do our best to get the simplest ones we can. adam does have an i-touch (like and i-phone without the phone part) that he can use wherever there is wireless and he uses it every day in the hospital. he got it for free and there is no data plan to pay for so it works for him.

heather ryan morse said...

amen, lstewart! I am the same! a simple computer is good enough for me..i do like my phone has where you can open it and use the key board to text or use it closed to make it smaller.