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BLOG: My week without a smartphone

Galen Gruman | Oct. 3, 2012
When contemplating whether to upgrade my iPhone, it hit me: Maybe I don't really need one at all

I'm not suggesting that everyone could as easily give up the "smart" in their smartphone -- and I doubt many people could give up the "smart" altogether by also forgoing Wi-Fi devices such as an iPod Touch or iPad. But I did realize that the $30 per month on cellular data is a convenience, not a necessity. And under the new breed of data plans, you're likely paying much more than that.

At the end of this week, my current cellular contract expires. I still don't know what I will do. I don't see any urgency in getting a new smartphone -- the iPhone 4 works just fine, thank you -- and committing to two more years. I'm not willing to opt for a pay-as-you-go provider with sketchy service quality, especially as it requires you to pay full freight for a new smartphone that won't work on other networks.

I'll probably just convert to month to month using my existing iPhone 4. One thing I do know: I won't pay more for data than I'm paying now. At my average 400MB per month of data usage, I'm already forking over too much for the convenience.



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