Who wants a simple cell phone? In today’s world where a smart phone can do more than a PC could a few years ago, who wants to go backwards.
Cell phone amplifiers, cell phone signal boosters, tethering, smart phone apps ….unheard of terms a few short years ago now have become common phrases in today’s world.
Who has the best cell phone? Who has the best plan? What are the best apps? Every day questions. RVers are no different than anyone else when it comes to their phones. It’s just great to be able to stay in touch.
I would never presume to try and talk you out of your smart phone, however after speaking with some budget conscious RVers lately, I have heard some good arguments that support downsizing your phone….and your phone bill. One RVer I spoke with said, “I have a laptop, I have a tablet, I stay in campgrounds that have free wifi. Why do I need more than a simple cell phone? My motorhome has an altimeter. I have a weather radio. I don’t need to scan barcodes (I’m not in a hurry… I can ask a Walmart employee.) I can read a digital book on my laptop or my tablet. I can listen to music in any number of other ways. I can skype with the kids from the RV. Why do I need a smart phone?” I had to admit these were good points.
If you have enough duplication of services and feel you can make the break from expensive phones and plans to a simpler one, there are several good alternatives out there. Many RVers have elected to go with pre-paid phone plans that give them “just phones” for under $30.00 per month. There is nothing fancy in the phones except maybe a digital camera, but they have the security of an instantly available phone for emergencies that works well and costs much less to feed and care for.
Free Simple Cell Phones
Most cell phone providers have free phones available in their plans. Smart phones are wonderful. They can do things most of us haven’t even thought of yet. If you can afford to keep yours, there are lots of plans that will probably fit your budget.
Most major phone services have good coverage and are getting better. You can still find a few dead spots with any of them. Cell phone amplifiers or cell phone signal boosters can help. The best advice is to look at the coverage maps in the areas you expect to spend most of your time and select the one that best suits your individual needs.
But if you have ever given any thought to a less expensive cell phone, give the topic some further consideration. If you are needing to offset the high cost of fuel, or otherwise save funds, you might just find that a simpler phone is one of your solutions.
I have to admit. We have not made the break to a simple cell phone yet….but we’re thinking about it. If it were anything but my iphone……?