My old cellphone was a piece of crap (hello Motorola Krazr I am looking at you!) The battery died after a half hour use and had to be recharged almost nightly.
It got to the point where I had to turn it off every night to save the battery power, because it’d eat a bar and a half while we were asleep.
Then of course, I’d forget to turn it back on during the day, which resulted in many a missed call.
To add insult to injury, my sister had the exact same phone, for the same amount of time and never had the same problems I did.
(I have since gotten a new one, the LG Banter which I adore because the battery life actually lasts through a week and a half with minimal usage).
I also never remembered to bring the damn thing with me when I left the house.
Even worse, I am traveling, so I am out of my so-called calling zone which means I get charged some ridiculous fee to pick up a phone call (even a local one), because my original cellphone number is in another city. So I let it go to voicemail and I’d call the person back if they left a message. I would never pick up outside of my ‘home city’.
I had considered many times, chucking the cellphone (no buy out required, I didn’t have a contract), because I rarely used it, and people emailed me anyway. If I wanted to call someone, I could always Skype.
But I can tell you that I have never been happier to have a cellphone than this week.
See, our hotel room internet had gone down the whole week. Including the “landline” telephone that uses the internet cable to make calls.
Yep, we were cut off from the world except for our cable TV, and without our cellphone (BF pays half), we would have missed important calls about an upcoming contract for BF.
(He has the cellphone today, and I can use the landline phone at work to call him in case there’s an emergency).
So yes, I flirted with the idea of chucking the phone and the $30 plan (taxes included), to save $360 a year which would turn into $14,879 in 25 years compounded monthly at 5% interest rate.
But it is our last backup plan for communication in case there is no internet, no landline telephone and no way to reach us directly if you aren’t in the city in person and people who don’t know where we live because we keep freakin’ moving.
Minimalist or not, we live in an urban city and in a modern world.
We’ve cut back pretty far, but sometimes you need to step back and rein your craziness in.