For several years I have been jokingly telling people that I am one of the last six people in South Florida without a cell phone.
It’s not because I’m an old fogey who can’t handle new-fangled technology. Cell phones aren’t all that new-fangled anyway. I just hate telephones and about the only time I can think of when having a cell phone would be useful would be if I have car problems.
I have a land line because it’s a necessity. Also, I need it for satellite television. I don’t have long distance service. Instead, I have a phone card for long distance calls that I purchased in 2002 for $25. It originally had 500 minutes. I still have 135 left. It is a rare month that I would make more than two or three phone calls total. Probably two thirds of the calls I receive are salesmen or people soliciting charitable contributions.
Last Spring I spent a few days with relatives in Orlando. Before I left home I went to Wal-Mart and bought a cheap phone with 300 minutes – one of those deals where you have no contract, but have to purchase new minutes monthly to maintain your service and to keep your unused minutes. I actually used it a few times on the trip – maybe 10 minutes. When the first 30 days ran out I tossed the phone in the trash can, forfeiting the remaining 290 minutes. I couldn’t justify the minimum of $15 a month for minutes I figured I’d never use.
This Spring I did the same thing, again for a trip to Orlando. The new phone cost a little more and had 500 minutes. I never turned it on during the trip. But this time I finally decided that maybe $15 a month is a small price to pay for the convenience of having it while on the road. So I purchased 120 additional days and 600 minutes so I won’t have to bother to do it monthly. When I remember, I take it with me when I drive. Sometimes, I turn it on to check the battery and to determine when I’ll have to buy more minutes. At this point I have almost 1200 minutes and 130 days!! Woo Hoo! I probably will use it for long distance when I use up my phone card.
I guess there are now only five holdouts left in South Florida!