You aren't forced to upgrade to a smartphone. Just stick with something low end. You can often buy them now @ Target/Wal Mart/etc. Call them up to activate your new handset and stick with the current service you enjoy.
My very old Kyocera is falling apart, so I need to replace it. I only need a phone to make and receive calls. I don't want to shop, play games, take videos or check email on it. I don't want various lights flashing, tones, or vibrations. I just want a telephone.
For several years I have had a Virgin Mobile calling plan -- no monthly fees, no billing... just add $20 to my account every 90 days or when the balance gets low.
So I'm looking for a good, reliable basic cell phone with a very flexible calling plan like I have -- no contracts, no monthly fees. I looked at the Jitterbug Phone for Old People (of which I am one). It looks great but they bill monthly for more minutes than I would ever need.
Does anyone have any suggestions, recommendations, or caveats? Can you point me in the right direction? This high-tech smart phone business is too confusing for my simple "walk OR chew gum" brain. Thanks!