So now, please allow me to elaborate.
We have one cell phone between the two of us. That’s it. We buy a $12 a month prepaid plan, because we don’t even use all of our minutes. We treat it like a land line, and we even keep it on the wall, where the old phone used to be. Sometimes we take it with us, but it is not allowed to interrupt dinner!
Why do we do this? Well, there are a number of reasons. First, people have become very detached from the here-and-now. By not talking on the phone constantly, by not always checking Facebook (which is a whole other post topic, that I will be writing about in the near future) all the time on a Smartphone, by not spending the entire day with ear buds in, we are able to interact with our world. We meet strangers. We people watch. We hear the sounds around us. It’s impossible to live mindfully, if we’re always “plugged in” to distractions.
The next reason for having only one phone is that we don’t want to be on call 24/7. Sometimes we like to be unreachable. We like to spend time with just us. We’ll call people back, but we aren’t going to let the phone interrupt our family time.
And the last reason is the most obvious. Having one phone, with such a small data plan is cheaper. A lot cheaper. One Smartphone, with a good data plan (which we had, back when we used our cell phone as our internet provider) is $120 a month. An additional one would be slightly less than that, but we could easily be paying $200 a month for both of us to have one. I don’t know how larger families are able to afford Smartphones for everyone! By having one phone, with the smallest data plan possible, we’re saving an incredible amount of money.