Back in 2000 I got my first personal cell phone with T-Mobile. It was a Nokia phone, and I simply adored it. I kept that phone until 2003 when the battery quit holding a charge. I sincerely lamented the loss of that phone. Little did I know how much I would miss it! So, I got another one, and had it for about two years. When that one gave up the battle, I took Princess Penelope's phone and upgraded hers --- our phone company had offered 2 phones for free with a 2 year contract extension. I made those phones last for me until 2009 when I dropped the second one on a tile floor and broke it to pieces. In the interim, Princess Penelope had upgraded every year. And that wasn't even because she necessarily wanted to, it was because the stupid phones just quit working.
The phone I got in 2009, I loved! Easy to use, and it fulfilled by basic requirements of needing to make phone calls. I had no desire for a "smart" phone or anything else like that. I just wanted a phone to serve its basic purpose and it basically did, although I did have to replace it with the insurance once. So fast forward to January 2011. Princess Penelope's current phone started dropping calls with alarming regularity. This did not please me, because there's nothing like getting a check-in phone call from your teenage daughter -- and only get dead air. So, we got her yet ANOTHER new phone. My phone was going great --- and then IT happened. It quit working. Wouldn't even turn on. So, as a stop-gap measure, I took over Princess Penelope's jacked up phone. I figured that since I also have a work cell phone (with somewhat limited minutes), I wouldn't be in a position with NO communication.
Then today.... the jacked up phone decided to die too. I tried again to resuscitate my old phone, and its working for making and receiving calls, but the visual display is not showing up at all. It is time to get a new phone. I have no intention of extending the contract again. I LOVED TMobile --- but now they've been bought by AT&T and I can already tell the difference in customer service. I will definitely need to shop around when my current contract ends. However, now I'm stuck purchasing another "disposable" cell phone. It is absolutely ridiculous that these phones are now made with planned obsolescence. I swear they are made to die at least once a year. It is so frustrating! Yet, I keep on replacing and upgrading. And quite frankly, I'm tired of it.