I Conquered THE iPHONE

Posted by 22 September, 2008 (11) Comment

Technically, I didn’t conquer it, but I’m very happy about my decision to sell it. I received an iPhone as a gift. It was a VERY generous gift. In my eyes, this gift is on par with the likes of a car or the original Nintendo DS. I love gadgets and anything technology related.

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Photo by Miss Karen

Because I it was a gift, it was a difficult decision to sell it. What’s more, it was a gift from family. I certainly appreciated it and I did not want to convey any lack of appreciation for their gift. My birthday was in mid May, it took until mid September for me to sell it. It wasn’t for lack of a buyer. It took me that long to muster up the courage to ask permission from the family member to sell it. What’s really goofy about the situation is that this person is probably one of my more understanding family members.

So, why would I ever want to sell my iPhone to begin with?

Well, there are a few reasons (and I hope it was a correct decision). Reason number one: the cost of the data package. Granted, the iPhone data package is not a big expense, but for me at least, it’s more of a mind set. If I get the data package, I’m sure there’s another option that’s only $10 more than that, etc. My wife and I are really trying to drive down our monthly expenditures. We just paid off 3 student loans and a car. We will be moving in the spring to a less expensive home to save on money in that area. We’re driving down our expenses for a number of reasons.

The number one priority for us is planning for a kiddo and we’d like to have the option of my wife staying at home for a little while. She may or may not stay at home, but we want to at least have the option. Another reason for driving down our expenses is that we would like to save more. We’d like to save more not only for our retirement, but some of that money will also be seed money for companies we are starting.

My second reason for selling the iPhone is to keep my life simple. With an iPhone, I know I would be on the Internet more than I already am (which is already quite a bit). I am also trying to have less stuff and I’m sure there are a lot of cool peripherals I could get for the iPhone, only to add more clutter to my already overly complicated life.

Did I make the right decision? Please tell me I did :).

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