Well, we did it again. Back in the summer of 2002, we started shopping for a cell phone to use once we moved out of our house on Lynn Street. I did most of the searching, comparing prices, trying to puzzle out plans, asking people if they liked their phones and/or had good coverage, etc. Eventually we decided it was too expensive and that we weren’t going to bother. We just moved our land-line to the next home, and then went phone-less when we moved out.
Fast forward to November of 2004. Now we need a phone again, and we went shopping AGAIN. It was still a pain in the butt. The short version of the story is that if you want to use your phone to browse the web with the computer, you now need a separate data plan which will give you limited use of almost dialup speeds at a well over broadband prices. So we make the same decision as last time.
As of next Tuesday, the 7th, we’ll again have a phone. The number will be (206) 322-1664. And until then we’re staying in our house at 1112 E. Lynn Street, in Seattle, so you can just drop in if you are in the neighborhood. We’re pretty sure we’ll be here a month or two.
I guess we’re just incredible cheapskates or Luddites or something after all. But somehow paying around $170/month seems just too much. When we move onto a boat we’ll have to re-consider again since a land line will be impossible then. For now, we just can’t stomach the expense.