Time to return to a plain, old dumb phone

I’ve carried a so-called “smart phone” for about 15 years, beginning with a Blackberry in the 1990s to my current Droid.

But Verizon’s increasingly-expensive and restrictive services bring thoughts of the good old days when one used a phone for one, simple purpose:  making and receiving phone calls.

Smart phones are clunky, difficult to use as a phone, and increasingly complex.  All I — or most of us — probably need is a simple phone with actual buttons for the number keypad.  Something that flips open and lets you talk with the person on the other end.

I can live without email on my phone and I don’t need to surf the web in restaurants or meetings and I sure as hell don’t need to be trying to negotiate the menus of such an instrument while driving.

So I’m looking at an inexpensive TracFone with pay-as-you go service.

Verizon, care you hear now?

You can’t?

Serves you right.

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2 thoughts on “Time to return to a plain, old dumb phone”

  1. I have no particular axe to grind with Verizon. My first cell phone was Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and was fix-mounted to the vehicle. Cell phones have evolved far past their level of usefulness. I seldom have any need to text but hate trying to text something from a number pad. A cell phone is not supposed to be a stand-alone computer with applications for everything from making a phone call to solving astrophysics equations. I am a firm believer in what is called POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) an instrument with a wire to the phone line. Chances are when there is an emergency (9/11 was a perfect example) the cellular circuits were the first to go. In a storm, chances are when your electric is gone, you still have a phone line.

    Verizon keeps calling me to inform me that I eligible for new telephones. I DON’T WANT a new telephone with applications I will never use. I just want to make phone calls.

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