Minimalist Mondays are dedicated to finding love, adventure, and joy in everyday living through the pursuit of a more simplistic lifestyle. By allowing only what is useful and meaningful into our lives and letting go of that which ties us down, we are better able to live a life of purpose, both for ourselves and for others.
Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I had a great time snow shoeing with my family. As much as I love to hike, I have never used snow shoes before. It was a total blast. A great mini adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park.
My Cell Phone Dilemma:
I am always a little bit behind on technology. Between laptops, smart phones, tablets, and home entertainment systems it is easy to spend thousands of dollars on electronic devises. Not just once as an investment, but over and over again in an endless need to upgrade as current technology becomes obsolete. I, for one, need to pick and choose which electronics are the most beneficial for me and as well as fitting into my budget. Last year my old phone ( which was maybe two years old at the time) died. Evidently, most people accept that a phone costing hundreds of dollars is not meant to last more than a few years.The decision needed to be made as to what kind of phone would become my replacement. Up to this point, I had only used my phone for phone calls and texting and was not looking for a smart phone. However, T-mobile was offering no contract plans with unlimited phone, text, and 4G web for 50 dollars a month. Much better than any other non-smart phone plan on the market at the time. So, I bought a T-Mobile phone for 200 dollars and for about 7 months I was happy. I knew my phone was not as fast or fancy as other smart phones but all I really wanted was access to Google and my bank account. Ok, and Facebook too, I’ll admit it. Besides, it was cheaper than my old non-smart phone plan.
Recently, my phone started acting funky. I kept getting messages that my memory was low and I could not update my applications that I actually did use. Since I never download new applications I did not understand why I was having storage issues now and not several months ago. After talking to Best Buy and T-Mobile I received an answer. Ten short months ago my phone had plenty of memory for m;y applications. However, the automatic updates for the applications that came with my phone require more memory than my phone can hold. I spent over an hour trying to uninstall or disable dozens applications in order to avoid spending money on a new phone. I believe I have momentarily succeeded until the next round of updates kick in. I spent some time on-line looking at my options. It seems I can get another no contract phone for around 200 dollars. I am guessing that would keep me going for about another year before I run into the same problem I have now or I can get a phone with 16 GB memory and spend 27 dollars a month for the next two years and be under contract again. I don’t need all the bells and whistles that come with the fancier phone but memory would not be a problem. I think it goes without saying that after the contract ends in two years I would have to replace that phone right away if I chose to go that route. I suspect phones are programmed to die within a month of the contract ending. Why do I feel like either way I lose?
I know for the next several months I will keep the phone I have and make it work. I also know that access to Google and my bank accounts has been invaluable when I am traveling about, so I do want to stay with some kind of smart phone. I have to admit I have worried that if I get a fancier phone will I become infatuated with all it can do and start thinking 500 and 600 dollar phones are necessary for survival. In the midst of my inner debate I was reflecting on my day and how nice it was to be in nature without cell phone service. I do not have a lan line so eventually I knew I would need to acknowledge my aging smart phone again but for 6 hours it was me, my family, and nature. No Google, bank account, or Facebook. A mini adventure full of joyous memories and lots of love. Best of all no phone in my pocket. A little like heaven, I imagine.
How about you? How minimalist are you when it comes to your phone? Do you think smart phones are a necessity for your life or your job? I would love to hear your thoughts on smart phones and other electronic gadgets we seem to need in our modern world.
Until next time,