Looking for Non-Smartphone Recommendations

Yes, you read that right. I need cell phone recommendations, the only stipulation is that they can’t be for any smartphones.

cellphoneI know, I know. In today’s technological age, I’m looking for a phone that can’t give me turn-by-turn directions or tell me where the nearest Taco Bell is located. It’s craziness.

But, I just can’t afford a smartphone right now.

I had an iPhone. I adore my iPhone. In fact, I still use the apps on my iPhone all the time – and even more now that I finally have a wireless router in my house. But, the AT&T data plan for the iPhone that I had was killing us financially. I cannot justify spending $250/month on cell phones for my husband and I… and that’s exactly what we were paying. That’s 2-3 weeks of groceries for my family.

We recently switched to Go Phones from AT&T so that we could keep our same number. For $50/month, I get unlimited talk, text, and data. I can handle that.

Things were fine until I dropped my phone into a sink full of water. Now, it flashes all the time, and the battery goes dead within an hour of being unplugged. I need a new phone, but I need one that doesn’t require a smartphone data plan.

I’d love to hear what suggestions you have. Please don’t try to convince me to go to a smartphone – unless you want to pick up the tab. I had a smartphone. I loved it. I can’t afford it. Maybe in the future. For right now, though, I just need a phone that will allow me to talk, text, and surf the web.

Let me hear what you have to say!

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    I’m more or less of the same mind as you (although my kids think me a luddite). If I were in your shoes this is what I would do: I would ck your local craigslist or ‘for sale’ listings for a used RAZR flip phone. They’re listed here all the time for $25, many negotiable. (Or, place your own ‘wanted’ listing.) You may even luck out and find one that someone’s willing to give away. I’ve seen them.

    Just make sure it was a phone used with an ATT plan. Pop your SIM card in and off you go. I bought a used one 5 years ago and it’s still working perfectly. My kids each have a back up for when their ‘smart phones’ lose it. (and that is not infrequent – LOL)

    I suggested a RAZR because they’re top notch phones, still. But, any older used phone would be a very economical way for you to get what you want.

    I hope this helps! 🙂

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    Go to Walmart and get the pre-paid “Strait Talk” phone. That’s what I have. If you pay for a $30 card, you get 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 30 mb of data. If you buy the 45 dollar ard, all of that is unlimited and you can switch it on a month by month basis.
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