You may be assuming this post is going to be about racial profiling in wake of the Boston terror tragedy. It is not.
You may be assuming it is about a bias against people who are left-handed and wear unseemly clothing from the 70's.
Nope. Wrong on both counts....
I am speaking about the bias against PREPAID CELL PHONES!!!
I am not a tekkie (nothing new there) or someone who has to have the latest gadget, but I am positively drooling over the (cue drum roll) Samsung Galaxy:
The cell phone I am using now is one of those $30 Samsung's with pull out keyboard that I pay $15 a month for service via Net 10 prepaid. It has served me well, assuming I never need to (a) check and email (b) type a lengthy message since once you hit the alt key you have to consciously remember to hit it again or you type out a line that looks like this:
seriously, I typed a message to a friend last week that was 90% gibberish because I chose to hit the alt key to make an exclamation point. I did not realize this until the message had been sent!!! This is the same friend that I have at least 5 times sent a message intending to send it to VC. So I look like a complete texting fool!!
(c) Get directions easily while out and about and (d) do anything other than making a phone call.
So as you can see, I am in need of an upgrade.
VC knows I have been drooling over the Galaxy, so last night when we attended a performance at his school and the woman next to me placed down her phone - and he noticed it was a Galaxy - he gave me the eye. I asked how she liked it and she mentioned she purchased it because it was now marked down to $50 at Best Buy. I immediately said I was thinking of getting one - but without the contract since I we only use prepaid phones.
Cue immediate embarrassment on my part after I realized what I blurted out. I knew she might judge me as someone who cannot afford a phone plan, who has bad credit or is a ne'er do well. Why is that? She probably thought nothing of the sort (she did) - but why is there such a stigma against prepaid phones?
They sure are cheap on a monthly basis without all the hidden fees. You can make up the price of the phone within a month or two with the low monthly cost for service.
I just don't get it....
As pointed out above the model is a little outdated, but I've never been one to follow the latest fad. Aside from that I can't see any drawbacks.
Enlighten me with fun stories about all that you can do with your contract cell phone service that I will be unable to do with my prepaidphone (said quickly so you won't realize it is prepaid).