Welcome to What Would You Do! Today’s post is a new series of posts I would like to continue into the future. Basically the premise is someone (in this case myself) has a question and they are looking for advice. I am looking to you all as the readers to provide input to what you would do in their similar situation. If you have a question you’d like to be featured in a future What Would You Do please send me an email at moneylifeandmore (at) gmail [dot] com. Let’s get on to the today’s question!
Today’s question is: Should I get a smartphone?
I have wanted a smartphone on and off for quite a while. Currently I have a basic camera phone that is 3 years old. I am lucky because my parents let me stay on their family plan and I reimburse them for the cost of my line being on the plan. Right now I pay about $15 a month for my cell phone bill. I don’t have texting and I don’t have any extras, just 200 minutes a month which I rarely go over. So let’s get into my thoughts on the issue.
So why do I want a smartphone?
I’d like to be able to use apps on the go. Currently I have a Kindle Fire tablet. It is great whenever I have WiFi but I can’t use the price comparison apps, google maps, or any other everyday apps that require data access when I’m on the go, like the app from 1800Contacts or my local bank app because it doesn’t have wireless data capabilities.
I like the idea of being able to browse the web on my lunch break with a smartphone. This would mean that I could leave my office instead of using my employer’s computer to check my email and do other personal chores online on my lunch break.
I feel like I would post and take pictures a lot more because I could upload them directly to the internet rather than fumbling around with a memory card.
I’d feel like I was caught up with the times. More and more people are getting smartphones and they’ve been around for a few years. Even though this is a keeping up with the Joneses mentality, it is still a reason.
I can definitely afford it. I am pretty strict with my budget but $30 a month definitely wouldn’t do any damage to my budget.
Why don’t I have a smartphone yet?
The biggest reason I don’t have a smartphone yet - the cost. While I could easily afford the cost I don’t want another monthly payment. I rarely spend my monthly spending allowance and it just adds up month after month. Adding only a data package would run me $30 more a month not including any taxes they tack on to that. I would also like to have texting but I currently have a free texting app on my Kindle Fire that I could use on any smartphone I buy.
Once I get a smartphone I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to a regular phone.
They don’t make any good non smartphones anymore. The only types of phones that look work upgrading to are smartphones.
A big part of me wants one because everyone else has one. I know this isn’t a valid reason but whenever I see someone else with one I wish I had one too.
I feel like there is little time where I actually truly need a smartphone and its data capabilities. For the most part I am normally at home or at work and I have internet access at both places. While internet access is partially restricted at work, if I need to get something done I can do it as long as it doens’t involve Facebook, Twitter, or a streaming music website.
If I get a smartphone my girlfriend would hate me because she has wanted one for even longer than I have. Her budget is a bit tighter right now because she is working on paying back her student loans and she can’t afford it. Eventually when we get married we’ll combine finances but we haven’t done that yet.
So there you have it. Both sides of my internal argument and I don’t know what to do! Help me and leave your opinion in a comment below. While “You should totally get one” and “No they’re a waste of money” comments will be taken into consideration the types of comments that will be most helpful will have an argument behind the position they take. Thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to reading your responses!
I have a couple follow up posts that you may enjoy if you liked this one! Check out the Should I Get a Smartphone Update, I Got a Crazy Deal: Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket, and iPhone 5: How Cell Phone Companies Can Afford To Give You a $450 Discount.