So on to the subject of the day… cell phones. I realize that much has already been said about cell phones, for instance in Lethal Weapon 4, they have a long F-word conversation about them.
I have to say, I agree with everything they said. You see, when I first got my cell phone, it was 40 minutes a month for 19.95. That was back when more than 40 minutes would cost the same as a manned flight to mars. Eventually, as technology improved, prices came down, and I was able to get 200 minutes a month for 29.99. This was a great deal, and I NEVER went over. I’m a guy. I don’t talk that much on the phone.
Fast forward. I meet a nice girl. We become friends. She likes the phone. We talk an hour a day. NOW, I get my cell phone bill for 899.95. Ok, that sucked. I’d better up my minutes. So I upgrade to the 900 minute a month plan. The next month my bill is 300$. Much better, but still way the heck more than I can afford. But that’s the biggest national plan they have. So I spend 6 months paying 300$ a month.
Then the girl and I stop talking. My next bill is 69.99$. Dang, that’s a lot of money considering I only talked on the phone for 4 minutes that month. So I called and downgraded my plan to the 29$ one again. Fast forward 12 months. I meet another girl, and go back to the 900$ bill. So I upgrade my plan again. For Incredipete’s sake, are “additional minutes” really worth 4$ each? Why do the first 900 minutes only cost 7.5 Cents apiece, and then they go up. Is there some kind of incremental cost attached to those extra minutes? Does the phone company have to crank up another generator to get those minutes to you? NO, it’s GOUGING.
Ah, gouging… my old friend. We meet again.
So now I am on what I call the “level pay” plan with the phone company, which means I always keep the 900 minute plan for 69$ a month, and when I’m single I use 4 minutes a month, and when I’m dating I use 300$ worth a month. But at least I never get an 800$ surprise.