I am extremely hard on cell phones. I have a history of dropping phones on the hardwood floor, on the pavement outside the car (this happens almost daily when I forget that my phone is on my lap while getting out of the car), and in mixing bowls full of water.
When I am not dropping my phone, I am losing my phone. I swear, half of the time, I don't know where my phone is.
For obvious reasons, I always get the cheapest model of cell phone, and I've been pleasantly surprised by how sturdy these little cheapos can be. For the most part, they survive my accidents. The phone that I dropped in the mixing bowl full of water started working again after I'd already ordered its replacement, so it became Ryan's phone. He recently accidentally dropped it in a toilet, and it still works.
So imagine my surprise when today, without any warning or provocation (I didn't drop it or anything!), my cell phone stopped working. None of the buttons work. I tried texting, I tried pushing numbers...nothing. So I decided to try the fail-proof solution that I always employ when my electronics stop working: turn it off and then on again.
Unfortunately, after I turned it off, it wouldn't turn back on. I think it is really dead this time.
So here's my dilemma: With all of the promotions that they have going on right now, upgrading to a "smart phone" is about the same price as getting another cheapo. I have wanted a smart phone in the past, but I've always decided against it because 1) I will inevitably break or lose it, and 2) I don't want to pay for the data plan, and 3) I don't want to become even more obsessed with checking my email/Facebook constantly.
What should I do? Advice is appreciated.