I miss the good old days when a cell phone was just that a phone
So do I!
I don't use a cell phone that much, just for my doctor appointments & business. What I have is a TracFone (don't laugh!), and all I have to do is add a card every 3 months. On eBay, I often get 200 minute cards for what 120 minute ones costs in the stores. Plus my phone is double minutes, so that makes it 400 minutes. I also find online promo codes that gets me as many as 100 extra minutes, though 60 is more common.
The issue.....it's getting hard to find good flip phones these days, yes there may be one or two LG's or some off brand in the local stores. So I find them on eBay or Amazon. Though I have to search the model to see it if activates in my area. I lucked out last time & found a brand new Samsung one for $6.99 + $3 shipping, for a total of $9.99. Not bad, considering WalMart sold the same phone for $29.99. I would have bought two of them, but the thing is, they may activate one day & we can use them until they're dead, and then try & activate the other, no go.
I like this phone, it's simple, the way I like it, it's a bit smaller than I prefer, but for $9.99 shipped, it's great. Oh, & picks up better than the Motorola I transferred from.
I also agree with Nick above, many that I know over 50 has book sense, as most has college/university degrees, but has no common sense at all. Cannot configure a printer or wireless router. Most of these are my in-laws, so I kind of feel obligated to assist. The cool thing is, when they buy something new, I often get the old, be it a notebook, wireless router, sometimes a monitor & one time, an full version copy of Vista 64 bit, from which I upgraded Windows 8 Pro from in the fall of 2012.
But these phones, the smart ones, throws me for a loop. A few uses Apple, while others uses Android & there is something wrong with the browser, as one relative is always getting his infected. It would seem there's a security pack to fix this, plus the privacy issue. There are several brands of security now available for these smartphones, why don't the users of these have installed security?
Anyway, the way the one I know got the issue fixed was in what I suggested, install the Opera browser for these phones & installed the security that he was entitled to from his ISP. He happy now, I guess that's what counts.
Like Nick, I keep my phone cut of much of the time, it doubles my battery life between charges. And if I get more than one prank call from the same number, I block it. But I don't have to worry with trying to turn off the browser, Internet, or whatever on a dang phone. It would concern me if data was being used, I realize it has to update, but like IE on Windows 8, is there always junk there to clean?
A phone is a phone & a computer a computer is the way I see it. But I'm in the 50+ crowd, so that's expected.