For a long time I’ve been holding out against buying a smart phone. I’ve had a tracfone (with double minutes) for a good long time that WILL go on the internet, but does it so slowly that the vast majority of the time I wait to check my email til home. My son calls it a dumb phone. And I’m just fine with that. It lets me call and text my family and it doesn’t cost me triple digits in monthly phone bills. My tracfone bill averages about $25 a month even texting multiple kids and friends multiple times of the day. Perfect.
There are times when it might be convenient to access google maps when I’m going someplace, or to be able to google the location or phone number of a business. But in the past each time I’ve investigated a smart phone, the initial cost has been at least a hundred bucks, with a monthly bite of at least $60-$80. Not for me. I’m just not willing to part with that much cash in a month for a cell phone.
The other day I got a tracfone ad touting some smart phones with triple minutes that could be used on a tracfone plan. Wondering if something like that might actually be a good option for me, I looked on the tracfone website. Several phone models were listed, all of which were $80-$100. I zipped over to amazon to read the reviews of those particular models. One I nixed right away– I’m not interested in a battery that only lasts half a day.
But the other one, despite not having tons of space for apps (ok with me), had a lot of favorable reviews, and — glory be! — it was a cool $25 on amazon. Yes, with triple minutes. And the version of triple minutes on this phone is pretty neat– a 60 minute card will get you 180 minutes of text, 180 minutes of talk AND 180 minutes of data. So that’s actually 540 minutes altogether. And the phone will find and use wireless at home or in public places for data whenever it is available, which should keep the data use down.
So. I am now the happy owner of a smart phone, finally, that should cost me no more to operate that my old dumb phone, with a lot more features and convenience. The camera isn’t fabulous– 3mp– but that’s twice as much resolution as on my old phone. I figured out how to load music onto it. I’ve been having great fun voice-searching information on the internet and having my phone read me the answers. I even found it a fun case. I’ve only been using it a week, so it’s too soon to tell you anything about durability. But I’m thrilled with how it’s working so far. And the price is right!
Though I wasn’t asked to review this phone, this post does contain affiliate links.