Dumb phone talks, and it texts. You can save your contacts in it, and even use it as a stop watch. It stores images very poorly, and transmits them to other users sometimes depending on the size of the file and the cell connection. It flips, or slides and you have to press buttons in order to call or type something. It costs about $50.
And that's the way we like it.
Being the owner of a dumb phone is like being in a special club these days. I may run into another member once in a while and share in the delight of how crappy our phones are. There are so few of us around that people actually look at you funny if you are in the club. How in the world can you function without a smart phone? How do you live?
See, there are a few reasons us dumb phone users stay in the club. In a way it's our way of rebelling, not being like anyone else. It's like a tattoo before tattoo's became cool for everyone. It's a statement that says we know how to get where we are going on our own, we don't need tools to tell us how many calories a hamburger has in it because we know there is a lot just by looking at it, and we actually put an emphasis on interacting with the people around us.
We like owning a phone that is just a phone. We made it this far with one, we can make it further.
As with the dinosaurs of yesteryear we are thinning out quickly. And I myself am getting the tug. I want to post storm photos instantly. Dumb phone can't do that, smart phone can. Internet is so entwined in our lives now, having it everywhere is almost a requirement, especially if your business depends on it (like mine!). Dumb phone doesn't allow it. Smart phone does.
I really do enjoy being in the dwindling numbers of folks who own dumb phones. I'm doing everything I can to resist changing teams. I'm not sure how much longer I can hold out, but for the moment I love being a dinosaur.