My ancient wireless plan dates literally to the turn of the century, and most months I peel off somewhere between $25 and $30, depending on how crazy I got with the texting. (I think I’ve emptied out my bucket of minutes once in those hundred-odd months.) Third phone now, but still the old plan, still under contract through next summer. Once in a very blue moon I wish I could do a little more with this little flipazoid device, but then I consider this and I vow to carry on:
I heard yesterday on the radio that 1 in 8 people spend $200 a month on smartphone service. That’s $2400 per year so that you can text and get the latest Facebook updates and make a few phone calls. Oh, and check in with FourSquare, which fills a previously-unknown and very mysterious need in some people to inform their 500 or 1000 “friends” on Facebook where they are at all times. Are you sure about that? You might want to revisit that one.
$2400 per year is more than some people’s car payments (and not much less than my own car payment). For a gadget that didn’t exist until five years ago, and is easy to lose, and interrupts our lives and destroys our ability to focus on anything for more than two minutes at a time.
Other than that, Mr. Brokaw, how did you like the phone?
I have no doubt that there are people who can justify these contraptions for business purposes and who presumably can claim the expense as a tax deduction. I am not one of them.