How much is a smart phone worth?
The most frugal people don’t have cell phones at all. The mostly frugal people don’t have smart phones. But the rest of us? We have smart phones.
As usual, I was a late adopter of the smart phone technology and kept an older phone with no data plan for a long time. I’m slightly anti-Apple, so I was thrilled when the Android phones hit the market, offering compelling alternatives. When T got kicked off his family plan, I left mine, and we used a work discount to get a two phone data plan for about $100/month. The phones themselves were free with contract.
Once you go there? It’s so hard to go back! The reasons I love my smart phone are obvious – the email, twitter, internet, and everything on the go. Google Reader wherever I am, a GPS whenever I need it, and the answer to anything is always at my finger tips.
This week, my smart phone touch screen stopped working. in the center. I cracked the screen a long time ago, but it was just a single minor crack (not the usual spider crack) and it worked fine, so I lived with it. I need to replace it. Brand new phones are $200+, but I’m looking at used phones on ebay (in good condition with at least 30 day return policy). It seems like I can get one for about $120-$140.
Ouch. But I can’t imagine NOT replacing my phone. It is too hard to go back!
If you have a smart phone, how much did it cost? What would you pay to replace it?