Entering the Smartphone World as a Laggard

When my 2-year wireless contract expired a few weeks ago, I was stuck at a crossroads. Should I stick with the original “basic” phone and get a new one for free with my renewed plan or up my tech game and buy a smartphone? My Decision became much easier with the help of one website: Groupon. Written by Juliet Rocco

In the spirit of Cyber Monday and all things savings-worthy, I decided to write about a website that offers amazing deals all year round. If you haven’t used Groupon.com yet, I definitely suggest you read this and think it through!

There’s a Groupon For That? It all began when a friend suggested I use a special Groupon offer that was going to end in T-minus 3 days. I had to make this decision quick and ended up taking the leap and buying it! I had never used Groupon before, but my dad has and said it was a good, trustworthy website. Choosing a smartphone was clearly the best choice, since access to social media and e-mail was crucial for me to have.

The Groupon was for a Motorola Droid 3. It would only cost $25 plus a one-time activation fee when I agreed to a 2-year plan with a data package under Verizon Wireless (already my carrier). Bottom line: This deal was too good to pass up!

Delivery! I had the phone delivered to my house and then journeyed over to the Verizon store soon after to have it activated along with all my contacts transferred over. I didn’t trust myself doing this because I would probably end up erasing all of my existing contacts and have to make one of those dreaded Facebook groups! 

When I told the sales associates about the Groupon deal, they all took out their phones and downloaded the Groupon app immediately, searching for deals while they were still on the job! “Drive a Ferrari for $100!” exclaimed one of the associates, searching for Groupons on his phone. They were really impressed that I was able to purchase a $199 phone for $25. It was a pretty empowering moment, I must say.

How do I work this thing? It took me a few days to get used to navigating through the interface and learning how to add and erase things, but I’ve gotten the hang of it. I’ve had an ipod touch for over 2 years so I’m not completely incompetent when it comes to touch screens!

Overall, the phone is great. My only complaint is the short battery life, but that has been an obvious problem in pretty much every smartphone out there. It will get fixed eventually. It is also a fairly large phone and doesn’t fit securely in my jeans pockets. That does make me a little nervous, considering how clumsy I can be sometimes. For now, I’m pleased with my decision. I would probably still have a basic phone if it wasn’t for Groupon!

Takeaway: Don’t settle for paying for something if you aren’t comfortable with the original asking price. Today’s market is a lot different than what it was twenty plus years ago, when deals were based on how well you haggled! There are great websites offering products and services for a steal out there, so explore more before you buy! Google “Cyber Monday deals” today and see for yourself!

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