Thought-proving article by Robin Miller of the IT Knowledge Exchange, where he argues in favour of the "stupid" phone.
My phone is as stupid as a phone can be, but you can drop it or get it wet and it will still work. My cellular cost per month is about $4, on average. [...] I have almost certainly had a cellular phone longer than you have. I signed up for one shortly after Cellular One started offering service in the Baltimore/Washington metro area in 1984. At the time, Cell 1 was the only cellular service in the U.S., and they acted like it was a big privilege for you to pay $2000 for a phone and up to $1 per minute for airtime.
Compelling argument, but a tough choice for me: I love my smartphone because it allows me to carry one gadget to do all sorts of Internet stuff. Ironically, making phone calls is the least used feature of my device.
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