I’m not a fan of cell phones. I don’t like being interrupted when I’m away from home. But good luck finding a pay phone. For that reason cell phones have become somewhat of a necessity in modern life. A few years ago a reader suggested picking up a prepaid phone. We had one for a long time and it worked great, as long as you don’t use it that much. We lost it and I had to replace it recently. For $20 I picked up the Tracfone 440. It bears a striking resemblance to:
Pay as you go flip phones are used only by old dudes, drug dealers, terrorists and old dude sustainability bloggers.
For the young folks out there let me explain how the flip phone works. Say I’m at Home Depot looking for just the right drip irrigation fitting but forgot to write down how many I need. I “flip” it open and place a call to Kelly:
At home she picks up the signal on our “land line”:
There’s one hitch. The only way this type of phone works economically, is if you don’t use it much. No idle chatter. Just, “I’m in a knife fight with a bipedal lizard and got tangled up in the drip line I’m working on. Please send help:”
The payment plan puts you into the awkward position of telling friends and loved ones that their idle chatter is costing $$$. You have to train people to not call unless they are sending help or are themselves in the middle of a lizard knife fight.
“Texting” on the Tracfone 440 keypad is challenging:
How many of you have embraced a drug dealer phone? How has it worked out for you?