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  1. Wilhelmina Upton

    Since I rarely call people, seriosuly, I hate making phone calls, and I never had unlimited texting, getting a smartphone was a blessing because I could use whatsapp and text mx friends whenever I wanted. Plus, it was very helpful as I spent way too much time in hospitals or on way to hospitals, either to navigate or to kill time.
    Like you though, I am also generally the kind of person who tries to answer everything at once because when I don’t I tend to forget about that email and it sits in my inbox for 3 months until I remember that there was something I needed to reply to.
    That said, I can understand your motivation to use a dumbphone and while I could live without my smartphone, of course I could, I don’t want to.

    • I think that once I go buy a new smartphone (April), I’ll appreciate it more. The battery on my current smartphone is on par with my dumb phone, in that neither one is worth a damn. The more I talk to millennials outside of my friend circle, the more I think that I’m in the minority because I like making phone calls and like getting voicemails.

      • Wilhelmina Upton

        I have very personal reasons why I hate making actual phone calls thanks to my father. I don’t even know when the last time was that I got a voicemail and while I can now make phone calls without breaking into a sweat, I still prefer not to.

  2. I tried this is 2012. I felt basically the same way…it really wasn’t so bad, especially for how much money I saved…but I switched back to an iPhone in 2013. I like being able to navigate and look stuff up and keep up with my blog things when I’m on the go.

    • Verizon changing the way their upgrades work immediately before I upgraded (a fact which I knew about but didn’t put much stock in) kept me from making a change sooner. To be fair, the dumbphone sold to me was sold as being able to do more than it actually did, which was annoying. But that’s not the point. Like you, I like being able to keep up with things on the go. Having been without a smartphone for nearly two years taught me which things I don’t want or need to be keeping up with.

  3. I had looked into this for a while, however phone plans in Canada are so ridonkulous that downgrading wasn’t going to be saving me much money at all.

    Plus, with my job, downgrading isn’t an option anymore. I had an iPhone for a while, but it just couldn’t provide the services I needed with reporting and such, so I switched to the S5. I’ve gotten myself to a point where now, on weekends and holidays, I put my phone in my room or something so that I don’t worry about it. It helps keep me away from it a bit more.

    • I tend to leave my phone in the other room too on the weekends. I’m sure that will get more pronounced once the fiancee and I move in together (as she’s legitimately 70% of the texts I get on a daily basis).

      I like being disconnected and yet I don’t. It’s more than I like being disconnected from specific people who make my life difficult, yet I have to deal with for various reasons. Not sure if that makes sense.

  4. I used an iPhone 3 for four years, and just recently upgraded to an iPhone 5 (so still not a “new” platform). I seriously considered getting a dumb-phone, but they are SO HARD to find nowdays and truthfully there isn’t enough of a price difference to make it worth it. I absolutely think I could live without my smart phone, but finally having a phone that works like it should (the iPhone 3 stopped updating & generally working at decent pace almost a year ago) has been great. So it seems that either all or nothing is best with technology.

    • There are non-smartphones out there that are pretty easy to find. The problem is that the carrier stores themselves (Verizon/AT&T corporate stores) tend not to have them. If you want a decent non-smartphone, you almost have to buy a non-contract phone at Walmart or a similar store, then add it to your cell plan.

      • Yeah those are the only places I saw them. But as my husband LOVES his smartphone, it’s still a PITA to handle separately and costly if we aren’t on the same page. I can operate with one much easier than he can operate without it, LOL.

        • I adapt really well to new technology. The only smartphone I’ve ever tried to use that was terrible to navigate/work was a Blackberry. Nothing good has ever come of someone using a Blackberry.

  5. This has been a very interesting read, honestly. For the longest time I was fine with a dumb phone, but my husband (bf then) was obsessed with technology. I guess that happens when you work in a electronic store. Regardless, I went from dumb phone to smartphone. While, I miss the dumb phone, I am now perfectly intuned with the smartphone.

    Can’t give it up XD

    • The sad part is that I’m the one everyone in my family — and even in many cases coworkers — come to because of my interest in technology. It was a bit jarring to people when I told them I don’t use a smartphone. I’ve considered myself more of a computer nerd than a smartphone nerd for some time. That said, I think the line between those two areas is blurring fast.

  6. That’s cheating! Texting is the pinnacle of smartphone functions [for me, at least]! Returning to dumbphone without giving up texting is like attempting to reduce carbon footprint while still driving fuel cars. 😛

    In all seriousness, it’s kind of refreshing reading up on people’s experiences returning to dumbphones. It wasn’t until ~6 months ago when I converted to a smartphone, and I’m doing a good job of not developing an addiction to it. I think it is that fear that keeps me in check. This is why I leave the new phone far from the bed. So far, I haven’t even had the urge. Let’s hope it stays that way.

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