I had a long woe-filled discussion with my wife yesterday night. Conclusion: I am going to try a small experiment for a month. Starting September 1st, I will roam around with a cell phone. I realized how badly the cell phone providers suck at offering value-filled cell phone service.
I just could not find a good provider in the Chapel Hill area and although Verizon came close, they suck so bad at good phones. No cell phone company seems to be interested in selling service to basic users like me. They are extremely interested in teens who download videos and music, and in business users who use the internet for email and other applications. I am the guy they don't want. I only make calls, watch out for my minutes and call friends only during off peak hours. I guess, I am not interesting any more to any one.
What I don't understand is that although there are a lot of basic users like me, somehow the cell phone providers are intent on making us upgrade to phones with cameras and music players so that we start consuming content. I just don't see myself doing that or even feel the need to be such a consumer. i want ano nonsense phone that is fast and good for making calls. i want better signal reception and call quality not Beyonce on my screen. After thinking about it for a while and a long crib-filled discussion with my wife, I have decided that I will try and spend a month without a cell phone once my contract with AT&T ends. If life becomes unbearable without a cell phone, I will admit defeat and sign-up for a contract and shell out money from my pocket to get a good phone. Else, I may even start a movement.
Cheers to me!