It’s no secret that I dislike “smart phones”. (I also hate cell phones that spy on me, landline phone designs that screw me, and companies that merit a special place in hell.) Honestly, what is it about telephones that brings out the Asshole in people?
I want a phone that’s cheap and makes a damn phone call. Everything else, popular as it may be, is irrelevant. I don’t want my truck to refrigerate beer, I don’t want my dog to make toast, I don’t want my door to make popcorn, and I don’t want my phone to play games.
So far, the cheapest and least annoying device I’ve found is a cheap old Trackphone. With ample use of the “off” button, a Trackphone is “Curmudgeon Approved”.
That said, my old Trackphone is pretty hammered and it wont last forever. Refusing to wade into the “smartphone” soup limits replacement options. But now there is hope!
The ever interesting Roberta X posted briefly about John’s Phone.
What is John’s Phone? According to the marketing blurb “it’s a no nonsense mobile phone, it doesn’t pretend to be anything more: no bullshit, just a phone to call, talk, and hang up.”
Be still my beating heart! There is sanity in the world!
In the entire known universe this is about the only cell phone I like. Someday…when my much abused Trackphone craps out maybe I’ll “upgrade”.
Update…it was reviewed here and they pretty much hated it. Partly mocking folks who would be crazy enough to even consider it:
“…the unsophisticated audience it apparently targets including tweeners, the elderly, or twenty-somethings whose aim is to be conspicuously cynical when placing their cellphone on top of the bar.”
Awesome! I can be called unsophisticated, elderly, tweener (WTF?), a twenty-something, and conspicuously cynical just for considering a phone that won’t transmit photos of my junk? Really? Has it gone that far?
But then they follow up with legitimate concerns which might actually matter:
“The fact that all three of the device’s switches are so frustrating to use is simply unforgivable on such a basic cellphone that’s supposedly rooted in ‘great design.'”
Luckily my old Trackphone has plenty of life left…no rush to replace that which isn’t broke.
Honorable mention goes to the many places that still sell “brickphones”. I’ve sniffed around that option several times and considered buying one. Alas they tend to price Curmudgeons out of the market and seem like a hassle.
Just ordered a couple of these for the kids on my plan:
no camera. no anything really other than a 10 digit num pad and a phone. they can text so maybe that’s a strike against them… But 10 day standby on battery is not unreasonable.
Ha – Ha – Ha — That is the exact same phone A.C. “left behind” on his last wilderness trek 🙂
It wasn’t left behind. I…uh…cached it. Yeah that’s it! I cached it in case I need it later.
Ayuh. Mine’s a $15 Tracfone which makes phone calls.
That’s it, I think (it might do something else, but I didn’t try to figger it out).
It has a very nice off button as well.
I have not found the side switches frustrating — you have to flip ’em slowly, is all. Plus it’s pretty cheap. Yes, I bought one, moved my AT&T sim card over and gave it a whirl. I like it. YMMV.
You bought one! Cool!
Maybe the slide switch only works for people who are not among the “tweeners, the elderly, or twenty-somethings whose aim is to be conspicuously cynical when placing their cellphone on top of the bar”?
I’m wondering if my Tracphone sim card would switch over. Would the sim card work even if I’m conspicuously cynical and/or at a bar?
If I weren’t such a cheapskate I’d have one now.