I Finally Broke Down and Bought a Smart Phone!

I know, I know, after all the kicking and screaming and defensive posts on why I don’t need a smart phone and here I find myself owning one and really, really liking it despite myself.  Right up to the moment I purchased the phone, and agreed to the data plan I was having misgivings and second guessing myself.  My son has been encouraging me for months to get a smart phone, and even my husband has one.  I was firmly against having one, and even discovered another reason I didn’t need a smart phone – Google texting.

But then my slide phone started acting up on me… and I was eligible for a brand new phone through my provider, T-mobile.  I didn’t let that sway me.  I’ve been eligible to upgrade for months now.  But then one day I told my mom about the new plan I’d heard about where I could get the cost of her phone lowered to $10 per month, instead of the $50 she’d been paying.  She has really gotten to like text messaging, and rarely uses the phone for making calls, preferring to use her land line. But she does enjoy texting all of her children, especially in the evening.  And she’s on a limited income so every once in awhile she’d ask me if I was going to be able to get her phone line switched to the less expensive one.

I decided to see what T-mobile had to offer, and found that with this new plan of T-mobile’s I could have a data plan for about $10 more a month than I was currently paying.  I fretted over that for weeks.  Should I spend $10 more a month to have a smart phone?  Should I really?  And the little spend-thrifty voice in my head, “It’s ONLY ten dollars, surely you deserve to spend TEN dollars on yourself, Mrs. Accountability.”

It is sometimes frustrating for me, because I do consider myself to be a techie-type person, but at the same time I cannot fathom running out and buying every new tech toy that comes along.  For example, I waited forever until I finally broke down and bought my Kindle.

At first I was looking at the Samsung Vibrant, my son’s old phone which in fact he had promised to pass down to me, but then he decided to keep it as a music player.  My sister has the Vibrant and she was also encouraging me to get one, telling me about all the things she does with her phone.  I must have called T-mobile six times in as many weeks, asking about their various phone service plans, making sure of the cost.

I finally decided to get the Vibrant from Costco online, and with my two year upgrade it was going to cost $30.  One day it was available, and the next day it was not.  I could not believe I’d waited too long.  Now committed, I began looking at the other phones, and asked my son what he recommended.  As it turns out the phone he wanted came out just one month after he’d bought his phone, so he made me a deal.  He told me he would sell me his HTC Sensation for $30 if I upgraded to the Galaxy SII and then we would switch phones.  I decided to go for it.

I’ve had the phone for about a week now.   One thing I’m really enjoying is the option to check my email quickly without having to sit at the computer… because once I’m sitting here it’s as if I become mesmerized and can’t make myself leave this chair!   One of my coworkers told me about the Google Maps app which allows me to see what traffic is like on my commute to work, that is a pretty handy tool if I do say so myself.  I also decided to purchase the Pay Off Debt App which I reviewed earlier this year.

So what I want to ask you is have you fought against getting something for months and months and finally broke down and got it and decided you liked it a lot, but still felt pangs of guilt?

 

 

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12 thoughts on “I Finally Broke Down and Bought a Smart Phone!

  1. I was very much the same way with my smart phone that I got last summer (in 2010) so I know exactly what you mean. It’s definitely handy. You just have to be careful that you don’t get too immersed in it and to just continue to use it as a tool.

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @Money Beagle, ah you guys are so wonderful. Thanks for the warning… I really really love being able to quick check my email without getting sidetracked with other things. It’s nice to know that others feel the same way! 🙂

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  2. Similar story but with an iPad! 🙂

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @MoneyCone, LOL! My son has an iPad and a couple months ago I was sick and in bed for a couple days. I watched movies, caught up on reading blogs, played Angry Birds and totally loved the iPad. But the nice thing is I can borrow my son’s anytime I want. And I don’t have a lot of down time so I probably won’t buy one for myself. Now if I start making blog posts about how I don’t need one and why, you’ll know I’ve started down that slippery slope. lol. 🙂

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  3. I have been fighting with myself about a new TV. I want one but my old one works! How can I justify it?

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @Evan, how old is the old one? Why do you want a new one? What does your wife say? Do you have a credit card that earns rewards that you could charge the TV on and then pay off immediately? Those are important questions to be answered for the justification process. 🙂 That said… it’s getting to be “that time” of year when the retail stores start putting everything on sale. Remember this post I made on how I shop online to find the best deal? http://www.outofdebtagain.com/2010/12/infographic-save-money-shopping-online/ Personally, I would suggest that you not buy a new TV… we both know those things are time suckers and you’ve got a beautiful wife and baby and being a lawyer you probably don’t have much time to watch TV anyway. 🙂

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  4. I love my smartphone (for email, Facebook – yes I’m part of THAT generation haha, GPS, and being able to search the web when in need, such as for a tow company). We only upgrade our phones when our contract is up.

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