My 84 year old dad tells me he wants an Iphone. Since I'm the account admin for our family Verizon plan, I look into it. He's due for an upgrade + $50 credit, so it will cost $150 up front, plus an extra $30/month for the data plan.
Wow! $510 for the first year, $360 for the second. This, on top of his $60/month ($720/year) regular voice plan.
Is there really anything that a "smartphone" does that will make my life that much better? Email can wait til I get to a computer, and in a pinch I can use the crappy web browser on my flip phone. Screw GPS/googlemaps, I'd rather spend a little extra time asking a HUMAN where the best food is when I'm out of town.
And lastly-- for anyone looking for a great minimal cellphone, Verizon offers the Samsung Gusto for cheap. You can even get a pre-paid plan with one. It weighs 3.29oz, has a web browser, speaks the name of the caller in a computer voice, and has unbelievable battery life.
End rant. Have a lovely day folks!
EDIT: The Samsung Gusto's SAR rating is on the low end of the spectrum at .72 watts per kilogram.