My Verizon contract expires this month, and I get the New Every Two credit.
I really want a smartphone. I have no need for a fancy phone, but there you go.
+ Sometimes, I really want to look something up, and I can’t because I’m not near a computer or I don’t have any internet. Problem solved!
+ It would be good to have a backup in case something goes wrong with my computer again.
+ The Palm Pre Plus – which is on the very short list of phones I’m considering – has the capability to be a WiFi hotspot. Which means that I’d never have to worry about finding a place to connect when I’m traveling. (There is also the possibility of it replacing our cable internet, but probably not until Chad starts working.)
+ I’d pretty much get the actual Palm phone for free with the NE2 credit.
+ The New Every Two program is sort of a ripoff if you don’t upgrade your phone as soon as the contract expires.
– You have to get a data plan, which would effectively double my $35/month bill.
– My current phone still works, and I don’t really use it that often anyway. I’m just not a phone person.
– I’m not allowed to bring my phone into work, which means that the usable time is pretty small (unless I give up sleep).
– I don’t usually go outside my home in order to surf the internet, so having that capability isn’t going to be life-changing.
– I already have an iPod Touch, which would probably do all the cool stuff the phone would do if I paid $9.99 to be allowed to get apps. I still would need a WiFi connection to take advantage of some, but $10 vs $700 is not chump change.
– Surfing the internet on small screens is incredibly annoying.
Logically, I know that getting the smartphone would be a financially impruent move (committing myself to $700 in payments over the next 2 years).
Still, I want shiny and I think that the benefits, while probably not worth the cost, might be worthwhile. I’m on track to exceed my savings goals for the year, and $300 per year isn’t going to make or break anything. In fact, I need to scale back my 401K contributions again, and that would probably cover the difference.
I’m looking for someone to talk me into – or out of – this upgrade. Just don’t be offended if my lust for shiny toys outweighs your logic. 😉