Cell phones have become so vast and ever changing that it might be difficult to determine which one is right for each user. While there are still the basic phones which offer a simple call service, texting, or other mundane tasks; technological advances are now starting to offer more benefits to those who want a little more from their mobile device. Not only is convenience becoming important when choosing a phone, it is now necessary to consider price and how it will affect the monthly budget. When cell phones first became popular in the late 1980’s in the small circles that could afford them, no one believed they would be the precursors for a device that is nearly essential for every household.
While communicative devices such as the radio and television broadcasted the world to the individual, the telephone and the computer offered and opportunity to the individual to broadcast to the world. These tools became essential in societies, like America, where individual views and individual perspectives are encouraged and even celebrated. Today, we have the most individualistic tool available to the public in the form of the Smartphone. As the Smartphone becomes more advanced every day, it also becomes more beneficial to those who use them. While the Smartphone may be useful, the question that must be asked is whether or not it is essential because that is what really determines their popularity for today’s market. The younger generations have used this technology most of their lives and would probably agree that a Smartphone is necessary because it provides its user instant gratification by offering immediate information. This also makes decision making and problem solving more efficient because, as with a computer, the user can find a variety of answers in one location and in one moment, but with the added benefit of that computer conveniently located in their back pocket.
With all the bells and whistles of the Smartphone today, there is a steep cost that goes along with all the benefits. In this market of technology and all its advances, Smartphone users are spending closer to $800 a year on their phone bill. This makes sense because all those texts, talk time, and data needed to power the internet can add up. So while the basic phones may not be so much fun in the grand spectrum, they are a little easier on the wallet.