Hi to everybody I can count on for experience and opinions -
I guess I am the only person over 10 years old who does not keep a cell phone glued to the side of their head. Four years ago my cousin decided I needed a cell phone for emergencies and put me on his Verizon family plan. (Plus, this way I can call him and my aunt long distance for free.) I have paid him $15/month. And I usually don't even remember I have the phone until it beeps to tell me to recharge it. I've had to use it a couple times at this temp job to call the doctor or dentist because I do not have a phone at my desk and places are closed by the time I get home. Plus when I didn't have a badge here, I had to call someone to let me in. But I also haven't wanted to use up the family minutes because he travels a lot and depends on his cell phone for work.
Anyway, now my cousin's daughter is old enough to have a cell phone, and I am being "un-family-d" so that he can put her on his plan.
I need to get an individual plan. I wanted to keep my Verizon phone. (When he was adding me to his plan and asked what kind of phone I wanted, I said "pink"!!) Besides, people have that number and it's on my resume and it's free to call my relatives.
But the Verizon plans seem to be rip offs. You have to add to the prepaid balance before the end of the month even if you still have tons of minutes left. So I would be paying for all these minutes I would never use. Or I would run out of minutes if I actually used them. And still have to pay for the next month's minutes. Or I could buy $100 worth of minutes for the year. How would I know how many minutes I have? Can I buy more if I get stuck on a lot of calls for some reason? Before a year is up, would I have to buy $100 more minutes? (I'm going to the Verizon store Saturday, but I don't want some 21 year old kid to treat me like a dumb old lady <I bought my parents a touch tone phone in the 90's to replace their rotary phone!!> or try to sell me all kinds of features I don't want.)
Does anyone know of a prepaid plan that doesn't cost an arm and a leg for nothing? If I got another plan, I'd have to buy another phone though, and charger. And you have to pay whenever you cancel a plan (I know, not my cousin's family one since he is just changing family members).
I don't want to sit around and text people all day while I am at work just to ask them what they are doing (that's what email is for ha ha) or download music or try to read the internet on a little bitty screen. I don't need a bunch of "apps". I want to slap EVERYONE I see driving or standing in line somewhere transfixed by a cell phone. Or using one at work when I need to ask them a question.
And I know the minute I don't have a phone, something will happen and I will wish I had one. I always figured I could just say "cell phone" and everybody within spitting distance would whip one out.
So, looking forward to everyone's input - before Saturday morning?