I bought a BlackBerry Curve 8330 in August 2006 — with the specific intent to use the smartphone at a government technology summit I was to attend later that month.
I’ve kept it through the 2-year Verizon Wireless contract but have used it less and less since the spring. I send and receive phone calls and text messages daily, but am only using the email and web applications because they are there. I care less about the other applications in my pocket. I’ve experimented dozens of times walking out of my apartment or even driving to places without it, and I don’t miss it.
I was away this weekend, for instance, and I only brought my BlackBerry for the telephone feature in case my mother or sister needed to reach me. What if I brought a disposable cell phone instead?
This is not about the monthly cost of using the phone’s voice and data plans. This is about carrying a mobile device that I’ve outgrown and realized I don’t want it to control me.