A year ago, I finally bought a cell phone. It was a smart phone with the latest features. I posted about it here.
I was all giggly, like a kindergartener with a better toy than anyone else. It was better than the beloved husband’s dumb phone that only did calls.
After a year I only use the texting feature. I rarely use it as a phone. I never use the web features because it’s small and hard to read. I much prefer to use my fancy-dancy Kindle to surf in transit.
So…I have a plan where I am paying for features I don’t use. That’s when I saw the AARP ad which comes with a discount. I can change carriers and cut my bill in half. I still would have way more stuff than I use and it comes with a monthly charge of $15.
Woo hoo! Gotta do that!
I’m not on a contract so I start investigating. Turns out that the phone I have is incompatible with the other carrier (GSM versus CDMA). It’s beyond locked or unlocked it works on radio waves differently (and I know way more about this stuff than I want to).
That means buying a new phone.
An alternative was to go back to my carrier and see what else they offer. Yes, they offer a low use plan but they also require a new phone purchase.
So….even though I bought my phone from them one year ago, I need to buy a new one if I want to downgrade plans and save money. That’s odd, don’t you think?
Factoring in the cost of a new phone, I won’t save anything for several months. It’s the gotcha. They may not require contracts anymore but they found another way to fleece you.
My advice to new cell phone users (especially older folks) is to buy the simplest, low-cost plan you can. These companies let you upgrade easily but you can’t downgrade without pain.
I wonder if my current phone could find love in someone else’s purse?