Just a couple of days ago I talked about how technology can be pretty overwhelming sometimes, especially when we feel the need to be so connected all the time. I have a computer, a smartphone, and a tablet – all of which do seemingly the same thing but with different environments in mind. A computer is good for settling down in a comfortable spot; tablets and smartphones are good for travel. But is there really a need to be so connected all the time?

I’ve decided to go back to the basics… sort of.

I don’t want to completely get rid of everything. My computer is essential for my job, and although a tablet is convenient to carry around it’s certainly not as convenient as a phone, which can easily slip into my pocket. With that being said I’m not as tempted to reach for my tablet as I am my phone and just start browsing whatever, so my computer and my tablet are okay for the most part. That leaves my smartphone – my beloved iPhone.

My iPhone has officially become the smartphone that I’ve used for the longest amount of time. I purchased it in February of last year because I was one of the last people in my store to not have firsthand experience with the iPhone. During my year-long journey with it I’ve been tempted to trade for several other devices, but for some reason I just keep holding on to it. Partially because money won’t really allow me to, partially because even though I hate to admit it sometimes I really dig iOS. It is a simple interface and it’s easy to get into the swing of things. However, no matter how simple it may be it’s still a smartphone and it still does a lot; too much sometimes.

So yes, I’m trading it in for a dumb phone.

While I don’t have a lot of extra money to spare, I do have some and I’ve been meaning to purchase a backup device. I have a few extra smartphones, but in case of an emergency I want to be able to have a device that will actually last several days if I need it. In fact, I’m now trapped inside of my house because of a blizzard that rolled by and while I like to joke that I live in a house with no windows or doors, it really feels that way now living on the ground floor with many inches of snow blocking my way out and my view. This blizzard was declared a State of Emergency for my area, and I’m fortunate to have only experienced minor power flickers; had my power actually gone out, I would have been up a creek without a paddle come the end of the day when my battery went caput.

I could sit here and think of all the things I won’t be able to do once I start this little experiment of mine, but instead I’m going to look at the bright side of things. First and foremost, if I can make it for an entire month on my new flip phone I’ll be saving $10/mo. Sprint charges $10 for “Premium Data” (that’s fancy-speak for internet that actually does something productive) and it only applies to smartphones. Saving money is always a good deal, even if it just $10.

Not only will I be saving money but my phone will be at a considerably lower risk for getting stolen. iPhones get stolen all the time, mostly because of their high value no matter what condition it’s in. All people have to see is that little Apple logo on the back and you can probably find somewhere that will take it off your hands for a pretty penny. But a flip phone? Bump that noise, you can keep that. In fact, here’s some money to buy yourself something nicer, okay? Stop being an embarrassment to society, this is 2013. Profit!

I’ve already placed my order for my new main squeeze. I decided not to get something I already had, but I did want to get something familiar so I opted to get the Sanyo Katana LX (Black). It’s expected to arrive sometime between March 4 and March 7, so that part is already done and done. The goal was initially to use the device for a week without switching back, but I think I’m going to push it farther and make it last an entire month – you know, get my $10 off of the all the premium data I won’t be using. I’m kind of excited for this, and hopefully I’ll gain more insight than misery from this experiment of mine.

Readers, have you ever chosen to go back to a simpler phone? What was your experience like? Let me know your thoughts!



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Jesse Ling The most basic flip ill ever get is one with a full qwerty
Josef Ruiz Never got a chance to use a flip phone.. Talent Trust - Offshore with a difference
Dave Patrick Yes, I am testing one for work. Talk about painful! Ugh!
Harsh Vardhan basic is best as a phone.... so always yes :)
Adrian Salazar Wife did, went back to her lg delite or what ever its called. Its pink and real girly...
Carmen Jessica Hell no;-)
bleu_tropix no. they forgot how to make good flip phones, get back to making them worth the while and yes i'd consider it!
Michael Kergosien Jr Hahaha no I'm using Galaxy s3
Michael Kergosien Jr Yes. I am using an iPhone.
Ernie Manning on a basic phone now (LG ENV2) after using my Moto DX2 for over a year. It sucks mucho grande cojones!! My only consolement is waiting for my upgrade eligibility knowing it will get better..
Vlad Valentine McBride Once, it didnt go so well
Kevin Joel IPhone is as basic as it gets.
Terry Knab For all practical purposes featurephones are dead. there's not a big market for them anymore and the carriers *want* you on a smart phone.
Rob Lyons Can you download opera mini 4.4 browser on that flip phone. If yes, do it. I loved Opera on my old feature phone.
John Smith Go back to a flip phone and just buy a android tablet
Jeremey Brown Did they all of a sudden stop making good phones???no?ok then my answer is F@$% NO!!
Carl Dale i gone back to a basic, gingerbread OS system Alcatel phone, it was alien
Eric Kroh no..I have no choice do to the nature of my work..never had a flip anything in MANY years
Nole Lazaroff Never,except for a backup phone.
Luis Robles Figueroa No and I am not gonna go back. Unless something happen to my phone until get mu new one. That is the only way.
Sergio Janeiro I had to for a little over a week when I was switching from my gnex to the nexus 4. It's not that bad, the only bad part was when I wanted to google something.
Vincent Del Pizzo No. I would never switch back to a basic flip phone. The last flip phone I had was a Samsung t329 for T-Mobile. It was ok, but I like smartphones more (:
Damon Michener Everyone in my family has switched over to smartphones except my father. I have a Galaxy S3, my sister has an iPhone 4S, and my mother has a Blackberry Curve 9330. My father? He's running this:
Lauren Ashley Coleman lol! at @mark soo tru
Jeff Griffith Why would anyone wish to go back to a crap phone?
Jeff Griffith Lol @ that guy
Mark Belkowski no and i never will. theres no need for basic flip phones. if you want basic, buy an iphone.
Ben Pierce Heck NO!
Alex Rtn Yes, now i'm using a Sony Ericsson T707 :D
Aaron Cantu always wanted the samsung rugby 2 but never got around buying one. was definitly satisfied with the razr that my mother had. I think it went through every member of the family before it finally gave out on us...
Christopher Kugel WAIT there is phones that can flip open! im totally upgrade my nokia then!
Josh Lazenby Oh the horror!
Art Morris I would never give up my smartphone, but there are a lot of people who just want to talk and text. Seniors, especially. They are a huge under-served market.
Zach Chapman I can't imagine it.. Galaxy SIII.
Mark Fisher Jr. Hell no. Them things is hella boring now. Minus well use the house phone.
Randy Padilla Have a tracfone I could survive on
Michelle DeRosa The best thing about Flip phones is that when your angry at someone you could just slam the phone shut on them it felt good lol
Nicholas Riddle Yep RAZR v3 I lasted 3 days lol
Anthony Davis We have two back up flips that still are functional just incase my smartphone is lost broken or stolen
Thomas Kopke One of my phones is a Motorola Razr which works fine.
Michael Myers The picture above was my first phone ever. Sanyo Katana LX, I think. I had the blue one.
Marvin Oubre I still have my old Nokia 6133 flip phone sitting in a drawer.
Gordon Christie i had to use an old nokia while my phone was being fixed couldnt use it as it was hard to text at lightning speed and having no internet was anoying
Andi A. Mumxhiu And it feels soooo good , for the first 2 days lol
David Dang how do you live with such a device?
Austin Ochoa whats a "flip phone"??
Art Morris My wife prefers a 'feature phone'. But, VZW's offerings are pretty slim. If anybody else had good coverage here, I'd switch her to carrier that had a better selection of flip phones.
Marcus Samual Winchester No, I could not go back to such a device.

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