I've been without a handy for almost five years. Usually I'm the only one in my group to be without one.
We recently bought a Tracfone - basically a prepaid cell phone - to use when we need it. We've been on the fence about buying a regular phone, or a second Tracfone so both of us can have one.
Here's what I think about the situation:
Pro: feature laden
Pro: a lot of minutes
Con: one or two year contract
Con: feature laden
Pro: no contract
Con: minutes can expire
We don't want a cell phone to replace our home phone - we have a great deal on long distance. I don't want a phone that does everything. A camera? Please! With the 1.3MP cameras on phones today I can barely tell the difference between Troy Aikman and Troy McClure. Korea has six and seven MP cameras in their cell phones. When we get there, I'm in!
I don't want a cell phone because it has a lot of minutes - I want one to find out where my family is or call someone when I need them. With this situation, a Tracfone makes perfect sense.
Any dissenters? Tracfone haters?