BB and I finally gave in and entered the modern age of technology.
And I’m not kidding.
We went from half a decade old “flip phones” with AT&T (no texting) to full blown modern Androids with US Cellular. We’re learning to text (but not when we’re driving!) and can check email or look up a map on the phone when we’re out of the office.
My only wish is that the new phones were a little smaller, but hey, there’s a lot packed into these things so I’m not going to whine about it.
Old phone/New Phone Pic
I have to admit it will be nice to be able to get email on the fly instead of having to hunt down a McDonalds or Starbucks while traipsing across the dusty expanse of West Texas where there aren’t too many of either of those.
BB even managed to talk me into ditching the old land line that I had clung to for some unknown reason, so we switched the house phone over to cellular too.
To top it all off, we ditched the old satellite internet we’ve suffered with for the past 4 years from Wildblue, (that was the best we could do out here in the sticks 4 years ago) and are now the happy owners of a tiny cellular hotspot that gives us 100% better internet performance and did not, I repeat, did not go on the fritz during our most recent thunderstorm. (Wildblue consistently went out at the first hint of rain and stayed out for days at a time…)
This is the old setup with the dish. The bucket thing housed the router and controller and protected them from the weather. Old technology / New technology pics
Amazing! This little guy does everything and more that all that old stuff did!
With all that techno-change switching things around, the bottom line dollar-wise is that we’re paying $150 a month for what was costing us (and not working nearly as well) almost $300 bucks.
That makes me happy considering I double as the family budget tracker. And I can finally get rid of that stupid looking satellite that’s cluttering up the yard. Maybe I’ll turn it into a bird bath or something semi-useful…
What prompted these radical changes, you might ask? (Even if you don’t, I am going to tell you….)
Well, it was the direct result of AT&T, with whom we’ve done business for the past decade, literally more than doubling our cell bills the past two months straight, claiming we talk too much. Which was interesting, considering we didn’t talk any more in August than we did in June, May, or April, for that matter. And we mostly talked to each other, which was unlimited or so they said…
My theory is that we had too good of a deal at $60 a month for 2 phones, so AT&T thought they’d just get rid of us and get some new customers signed on for higher priced service. And it worked.
Now, for years, I’d resisted getting texting or anything else that would have upped the cost of the phones. When we first got them, they were just personal phones anyway, mostly a way for me to locate BB when he wandered off at Super Wal-Mart and I was left wondering where in the heck he was. Or to call him in for supper (he seems to conveniently disappear at supper time, maybe it’s my cooking??)
In other words, they were initially a luxury, not a necessity.
So we just plugged along using old technology for the past several years because it was cheap and easy to do it. But now that we both rely on our cell service for our livelihoods, it seemed more necessary to modernize.
And AT&T just gave me the boot in the rear I needed to get it done. Once I ditched AT&T, it just seemed like the natural thing to do to get rid of all of the other obsolete junk that was costing us a small fortune at the same time.
Now that we’re “connected” like the rest of modern humans, we’re wondering why we resisted it all for so long. It’s kinda fun!