- Posted September 8, 2012 by
Santa Barbara, California
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Hanging onto a busted-up phone?
Data Plans The Fault of My Old Clunker
Texting is not much better than calling. When the temperature changes at all, my touch screen either does not work or is completely faulty. When you're trying to text and need to press the "6" key, but yet it presses the "1" key instead, it screws everything up.
I know I sound like a total complainer, but I really am thankful for having a phone in the first place. Alternatively, I am just so critical because, in my opinion, this is the 21st century, and engineers should be doing all they can to produce the best quality that they can with their products. The same goes with the phone companies that determine the prices for their plans. I have looked at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, and when it costs well over $200 to upgrade everyone's phone in my family due to the increasing popularity of phones with data, that makes me want to cry inside; I think some people trick themselves into thinking it is a good deal.
Honestly, I do not feel like I can get a new phone, as all the phones with value on the market require data plans. I am heading off to college very soon and cannot afford to add at least another $5 - to be generous - on my phone bill. Seriously, all that money adds up very quickly, and I have other problems like my student loans to worry about! And while I see many of my friends with new phones, I know that many in the United States are in the same boat as me.
My hope is that just as our society modernizes further, smart phones will decrease in value and be as commonplace as landline phones - or even TV for that matter - are today.