Hi everyone! I've been a user of this forum for the past few years, but due to the real world I had been absent for the better half of the past year. Glad to be back actively contributing to the forum discussion, though! Onto the thread. I've been into the smartphone race since the iPhone 3G surfaced oh so many years ago. My first new smartphone was the iPhone 4, followed by the Samsung Galaxy SIII two years later, only to go back to the iPhone 4 for iOS's ecosystem. A new era of my life has started, though, and it involves reducing my time spent with technology and increasing my time spent experiencing a different aspect of life that I had been ignoring. That different aspect of life will vary from person to person, but for me it involves being active in the now and enjoying the simple things in life that I once thought were nuisances. Those activities include walking/running without ear buds in, actually talking to people while waiting for a haircut, driving without music blaring, and the list goes on and on. Now how does any of that involve Alternatives to iOS and iOS devices? Well, it's simple. I'm forgoing my iPhone 4 and in its place I'll be using the most basic phone that you can find on a Walmart shelf as of 2014. More specifically, the Samsung A157V. Why a dumbphone, you might ask? In my journey to reduce my dependency on technology I took a look at where I interacted with it the most. At first I thought I might just sell my home computer and go from there, but my smartphone was actually taking up the majority of my freetime by a good margin. So last week I went out and bought the A157V and switched my service to GoPhone. I've now been without a smartphone for three days as of this posting. I also currently have a Retina iPad Mini, but it being the WiFi only model I just leave it at home. If anyone is curious about the transition from being connected to the internet every waking minute to being disconnected I'll gladly update the post with my experiences. Thanks for reading; reply back if you've ever been crazy[or stupid] enough to do something like this! I'm curious!