Happy Friday eve, everyone. A while back, I asked whether I should get rid of my smart phone, get rid of my data plan, or both.
I figured that a good way to decide was to track everything I did with my smart phone for a week and use that to make a needs vs. wants table to get a clearer view of what I’d lose by giving it up.
However, much of what we do with smart phones falls somewhere between need and want. I may not need GPS navigation while I’m riding around, but it means I’ll spend less time getting lost. I may not need to sort useless emails while I’m riding on a train, but it means I don’t have to do that at work. So I added a column for productivity.
I also checked off which features could be accomplished without a data plan, and just using WiFi when it’s available.
Here’s the spreadsheet I came up with:
Well that was fun. Did I miss anything?
There are some interesting things :
- The only thing I “need” from a phone is for it to make good quality phone calls
- Much of what makes me more “Productive” could be accomplished without a data plan by working on stuff, then saving it when I get to WiFi
- It’s my “Wants” that force me into a data plan
My immediate conclusion is that I don’t need a smart phone, but that having one — even without a data plan — could make me more productive.
Certainly, one of my September goals should be challenging myself to cut my data plan. Does anyone have another way that they used to decide whether or not to get or keep a smart phone?