I read an article the other day that talked about the growing trend among consumers to hold onto products longer. Cars, clothes, TVs and even shampoo and toothpaste are getting the last bit of use squeezed out of them. Great news for the environment, we are throwing away less and reducing, reusing and recycling more.
The part of the article that surprised me, however, was that consumers were now replacing their cell-phones every 18 months instead of every 16 months. I realize that some cell-phone plans automatically upgrade the phone every 18 months, but this still shocked me. I've had my cell phone for 6 years.
It's a pay-as-you go model with minutes costing 25 cents each.
Crazy, huh? Not if I hardly use it. The phone ends up costing me about $10 a month.
There is no camera or Internet connection. It doesn't play music or have any apps. I can send text messages, but I'm so slow at that I rarely ever do.
What I do do is make and receive the occasional phone call. If I've remembered to charge it up. Which reminds me . . . .
I tried to find a photo of my phone online and could not. I don't think it's particularly outdated looking, but I still think those communicators they use on Star Trek are cool. Yep, I've got a flip phone. A six-year-old flip phone. It works great. Why would I get another, more expensive phone?
This one will be perfect for embarrassing my kids in a few years.