I acquired my first cell phone in 1994. My job required me to commute across Nashville, Tennessee and my husband thought I needed a phone. It weighed about two pounds, seldom operated outside the city and the monthly fee for service was $30.00.
I am now on my fourth phone of the same brand, having moved to a pre-paid version a few years ago so I could still have cell phone service for approximately $30 a month. I might say here that my phone is very unsophistocated – no text or voice mail. The silence mode requires travel through so many menus, I never bother. When the announcement is made to “silence cell phones” I turn it off. Then it is silent.
Now, if I can’t buy air time, my phone may become obsolete. I’ll have to update my cell phone capabilities. One thing is sure, though, I’ll never own a Blue Tooth. I saw a woman my age with one of those and it looked for all the world like she was talking to herself.
When you’re a senior, you need to be careful about that. It can get you put in a home.