Originally Posted by Too-DAMN-Much
phones without cords that lose service at the front door.
There are very inexpensive plans that allow unlimited-time calling to anywhere in the country available to landlines, for less than half the price of the lowest, very limited cell plans. Plus, my parents are like me - they feel if they're out, they're out: away from the phone. My dad makes my mom carry a cheap pre-paid cell phone for a feeling of security, but it stays off almost 100% of the time.
Between my wife and me, we do have one cheap flip-style (razr) cell phone, but we only really use it when we travel. We have texting blocked and the cheapest plan available. I never carry it, and never really bothered with them prior to meeting her, except when the job required/paid for it. Nothing against cell phones, I just don't really have a need for them. Plus, once I leave town to go to work, they have no service anyway. In rural Iowa (same as my last home in South Dakota), being stuck while lucky enough to have a cell phone is just as inconvenient as being stuck without one. One would need some sort of satellite phone combined with clear weather to communicate wirelessly here.\
Finally I hate recurring expenses with a blinding passion. One year of the cheapest plan on a cell phone is $600.00... for one year. I've had this thing for 3.5 years. Let's see, that makes well over two thousand dollars for this thing that I almost never use...