“Conventional wisdom often produces conventional results.” -Bill Walsh I’m always amused at the effort some people put into saving money, when, if they would just direct a fraction of that effort in a more constructive direction, they’d solve the problem that motivated their thrifty approach in no time.
In the context of app phones… I still see people trying to figure out how get one as cheaply as possible by looking for rock-bottom deals on cheap devices, and then figuring out which carrier will let them pay the absolute minimum for service.
I would offer the following alternative for economically switching to an app phone:
- Go through the drawers in your house.
- Collect a basket of junk that you’ll never use again.
- Sell it on eBay to raise $200.1
- Buy a top-of-the-line app phone.
- Cancel your landline.
You may find that the app phone pays you every month going forward.
Add to this the value your app phone will bring when
- Freeing up time on vacations that you’d otherwise spend fumbling with a map, or worse, lost
- Price comparing products in stores by simply scanning bar codes
- Having more options for staying in touch with family
- Running your business more efficiently by triaging email on your phone before sitting down at a full keyboard to do better things
. . . to name only a few.
They’re not just toys anymore, and honestly, it's getting harder to cost-justify not owning one anymore.
- You might be surprised how much cash is collecting dust in your home. Several years ago when I decided to try eBay, I came up with over $1000 of stuff. Everything from clothing I no longer wanted to graphing calculators to CDs. I don’t miss any of it. ↩