We’re living in a wireless world today. Almost everything you do utilizes the net and most of your online activity can even be done through your cell phone. These smart phones have incredible features and allow you to connect with others on the internet in a split second.
Smart phones are very popular today because they connect you instantly with the latest breaking news and many other features. But are they REALLY necessary. Do we REALLY need one?
Let’s break it down:
Regular Phone Features
Cost of Regular Phone
- Free or very cheap with contract (Under $50)
- General calling plan (Under $50 per month)
- Ability to add texting and data plan separately
Yes, believe it or not, you can still check your email and view articles on the internet with a cheaper cell phone. Sure, it’s not as glamorous as a smart phone, but if you don’t expect to surf the net much on your phone, you’ll be fine. Be cautious of the data costs because it can make your bill surprisingly larger at the end of the month!
Smart Phone Features
- All regular phone features
- Additional Applications (Apps)
- QWERTY Keyboard (Oftentimes Touchscreen)
- Larger screen
- $50 – $200+ (Some specials make smart phones free with contract)
- General calling plan (Around $50 per month)
- Forced data plan ($15-$30+ per month)
The additional costs of a smart phone may increase your annual phone bill by $230 – $400+ per person! For someone who doesn’t use these smart phone features or rarely gets online with their phone, it may be a waste of money for you.
When You Might Need A Smart Phone
Although the costs listed above might deter you from getting this phone, there are cases where it is beneficial to have the added features.
If you’re running a blog or constantly listing items on eBay or Amazon, having access to your accounts can help your business. WordPress blogging apps make it easy to add, edit, or approve comments and posts through your phone when you don’t have access to a computer. EBay and Amazon also have fantastic apps for phones that let you manage your inventory wherever you are.
Social Media Connections
If you’re trying to build your network through social media avenues like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, a this phone can give you access to these channels 24/7. Yes, you can also waste a lot of time on these sites, but engaging in Twitter chats while you’re waiting at the doctor’s office can be a great way to connect with followers and build your network.
Apps for Business
There are quite a few apps for businesses, including the ability to scan items for low prices, process credit card transactions, manage your business credit cards and so much more. For some people, these features may be worth the extra costs of the smart phone!
Personal and Fun
Instead of buying an e-reader or game console, you might consider a smart phone. You can read entire books and download hundreds of free games onto your phone whenever you want.
I personally use a smart phone because the extra features are worth it for me. Using applications for business, gaming, and internet surfing costs me a little extra per month, but it’s something we budget for.
What about you – Do you use a smart phone? Why or why not?
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