That's it... I quit... I'm moving on.

So, I've decided to ditch my iPhone. The reasons were purely financial. It hit me that 10 months into contract I'll have spent $1000 just to have this toy. And it isn't like a computer where I'll be done paying for it. I get to keep paying... over and over to have the iPhone.

And what have I been paying for? Yes, I've used the data piece plenty because it was there. The voice minutes are just piling up though. It would be a nice gesture on AT&T's part if they would have a 200 minute voice plan for like $20 if you have the unlimited data plan. I know, I know... pipe dream.

In addition to the silly cost of keeping the device, there were service issues. The reception in my house is unreliable. I can watch it flicker from no bars to full 3G apparently at random while I'm sitting in the same spot. People were reporting getting my text messages hours later. Sometimes I would receive text messages hours later.

Finally, the hardware itself has some shortcomings: the poor camera and lack of SMS. Granted, the SMS business I knew about going in. The not so great camera was a surprise to me.

If I had sat down and been a bit more focused on reality instead of the dream, I would have realized that I used my phone mainly for texting and SMS. I like sending random picture messages to friends. I take pictures of the jewelry I make and send to flickr to keep track. I post to twitter. I did check my email on occasion. I look up addresses from time to time. I got my money's worth on my old Verizon plan. With the iPhone, I don't feel the same. For the most part, I feel as if I'm just giving money to AT&T as if they were a worthy charity.

In hindsight, I should have been more honest with myself about what I needed in a cell phone and been strong against the sweet seduction of "ZOMG INTERNETS IN MY POCKET!!".


My new LG enV Touch. Forgive the crappy picture, it was taken with the iPhone.

4 comments:

Patricia said...

LIKE.

:)

also, you've made me think about how much money I spend on my phone and, girl, I dont appreciate that, at all. Warn someone next time when you're gonna hurl a bucket of ice cold reality in her face. seriously.

Mike said...

happy with my verizon bb curve.

Ed said...

I just came out of contract and decided to get something cheap-and-cheerful instead of the serious, and seriously expensive, iPhone. Ended up with the LG Renoir. It takes a decent photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edward_on_flickr/3799780878/

I'm sitting at a computer all day, and a good chunk of most evenings. There just aren't that many times when I think: gee, I'd love to have a little computer in my pocket to play with right now.

Amy said...

Yolanda, you complete me.

I've been lusting after an iPhone since it came out. I can't afford it. You just convinced me that I don't want it any more.

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