I do not have a new phone, and it seems that if I want to download a coupon or respond to anything electronic these days, I must click on their app. I am totally computer literate and follow all types of websites, and I even help people with their laptops, computers, AND phones.
But it seems that because I live on a fixed income that is not getting any larger, and I cannot afford this new fangled phone and its exorbitant monthly fees, I am not allowed to take advantage of everything out there.
When I contact people electronically with my laptop, they always want to text me back. I have to explain that I do not text, since I do not have that type of phone. Younger people do not even understand why.
For example, I know a younger person who had to go to court because she was being sued for non-payment of her bills. When I asked her what amount she owed, it was $3000. I said why didn't she pay a little along the way and she could knock this balance out. Her reply was that she could not afford it. NOTE: She works - she has a job - she receives a paycheck - she gets raises and bonuses.
Well, after the court judgement she was told to pay $50 a month. She told me that she could do this because HER PHONE was on a plan that cost her $80 a month and it was expiring. She could get a cheaper plan at a local retailer and it would cost her only $40 per month. That, she said, would almost make the payment.
I was in awe about the whole thing. In addition, she has a new car, goes shopping all the time, and she pays for that phone. Who knows how much the actual phone cost her, but that did not matter.
So I feel that because I am a senior and live on a fixed income that I am being culled out of the way. I want to move with the times but cannot because of lack of funds. I guess I have to accept this along with other "gifts" growing older gives.