My Cell Phone Dilemma


This is my cell phone. It’s a Kyocera Strobe that I acquired from Alltel in June 2007. I use a prepaid package that costs 75 cents a day and 10 cents a minute for talk time, and features unlimited texting.

I rarely talk on the phone, so this package works out great. However, I do send anywhere from 100 to 300 texts on any given day, so being able to send that many texts for a mere 75 cents is a great deal. Unfortunately that package is no longer available.

Verizon Wireless acquired Alltel last year so I became a de facto Verizon customer. They were kind enough to grandfather my plan in for as long as I own that phone. So as of right now, I’m still paying 75 cents a day.

However, if I want a new phone, Verizon’s prepaid options aren’t nearly as affordable. Their cheapest prepaid plan is 99 cents a day. While that doesn’t sound so bad, they also charge 10 cents per text.  They have another plan that’s $3.99 per day, but even that one still charges a penny per text.

Sadly, my phone is falling apart. Many of the buttons no longer work and the battery isn’t holding a full charge. While I could replace the battery, that wouldn’t solve the button problem.

I need to find a good texting phone with an affordable wireless package. Unfortunately, it seems like most cell phone contracts require the purchase of at least 450 minutes a month and then another fee on top of that for unlimited texting. That’s really not a good fit for me.

Eh, maybe I should just take the plunge and get a smartphone. Sure, I’d end up paying a lot more but at least I’d have mobile web and access to Facebook everywhere I go.

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