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  1. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy 1
    Heidi @ lightlycrunchy Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 am |

    I have a 5 year old phone too, that I rarely turn on. It’s just for emergencies, because, like you, I drive an older vehicle plus live and drive rurally. We’ve also agreed that our kids won’t have a cell phone unless they buy it and pay for it themselves when they are older. If needed, they can borrow mine or my husband’s. So far, it’s never been an issue.

    I personally don’t want to be accessible to everyone at all times. I like being unplugged. We do have an iPad, but it was a bonus from my husbands work (free!). Our Internet, home phone and my basic cell plan are all bundled together for less than our home phone land line used to be (we switched to an Internet rocket hub).

  2. Maggie 3
    Maggie Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 6:33 pm |

    Don’t get one.

  3. Cathy @ Noble Pig 4
    Cathy @ Noble Pig Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at 6:37 am |

    OMG we SPEND so much money on this “being connected” and TV and… here’s the run down…I almost don’t want to do this because then I going to remind myself what we are paying.. Cell phone (unlimted data everything-2 phones $186.00 a month ~ and here’s the kicker, we don’t even get cell service at our home in the country!) Land line $51.00 a month, Business line & fax $86.00 a month, Direct TV ~ we have to have satellite in the country $90 a month, Internet, again satellite…$75.00 a month (it’s not even high speed, and at the tasting room, phone, internet, TV $105 a month….is this CRAZY or what! Someone needs to bundle me! Ha-ha.

  4. auntie m 6
    auntie m Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at 12:55 pm |

    I’m not very plugged in either. I won’t spend money to waste time. Not gonna do it, wouldn’t be prudent. Cable free, smart phone free…free is the operative word. :)

  5. Annie Kip 8
    Annie Kip Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 8:23 pm |

    It is really a problem that so many things that used to be “wants’ or luxuries are now “needs.” I am as big an offender as anyone, but at least I think about it. I applaud your efforts to stay simple and make your own choices.

  6. Chory Ferguson 9
    Chory Ferguson Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

    I use an iPhone (though not the coolest, expensive, squarish brand-new one) on a T-Mobile prepaid plan (they have the plan best suited to my needs: cheap as possible). I bought the phone on an auction site.
    I—like your husband—hate talking on the phone, so use the $15/mo. unlimited text or 150 min. plan.
    It took some ingenuity on my part researching and executing the “unlock” process, and since I don’t pay for a data plan I can only use internet by wi-fi, but it does leave me with the little magical device, and I am no longer toting both the iTouch and cell.

  7. Frank 11
    Frank Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 2:43 pm |

    My own tips for saving money on smartphones are these:

    1-get a google voice mail account-its free. We use it all the time. Its very good for just about everything. Not perfect, or when perfect, not perfect all the time, but very serviceable.
    2-get a used cell phone that has wireless and that comes with a sim card. Do not get the other kind that doesn’t have the little chip in it. That is important. I bought my 3 year old iphone for 75 dollars.
    3-unlock your cell phone.
    4-buy a daily cell phone plan. I buy one for $100 and it lasts us a year.
    5. Forward your cell phone to your voice mail account and your voice mail account to your phone depending on if you are going out, or staying in. Its simply a matter of pressing a button or two and takes seconds.
    6-in my family, who ever goes out gets the cell phone. Who ever stays home, stays on the voice account.
    7-because the phone has wireless, you can use any hotspot, like Starbucks to make and receive phone calls, free.

    In the years we’ve been doing things this way, we’ve never been without a phone and we estimate we’ve saved nearly $2600 compared to what our friends spend.

  8. Gerardo 13
    Gerardo Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 1:30 pm |

    I need my smart phone so I researched and found a new service that lowers your bills for you. Its called BillCutterz and they save you money on cell phone by negotiating with your provider like AT&T. In my case they saved me almost $50 each month on my family plan.

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