Sunday, October 2, 2011

I just canceled my data plan

... and here are some of the good things that I expect to happen:
  1. I'll be more engaged when I'm with my kids

  2. I'll have more money in pocket each month

  3. I'll spend more time writing

  4. I'll spend more time reading books

  5. I'll text more with my family

  6. I'll think more about the things needing thinking about

  7. I'll talk to more strangers when I'm waiting in lines

  8. I'll build more Twilio apps that give me access to apps via SMS

  9. I'll be unplugged from work
And here are the bad things that I expect will happen:
  1. When I'm traveling, I'll get lost more without the benefit of Google Maps in my pocket

  2. I'll post fewer mobile photos that I think others would enjoy

  3. I'll miss out on serendipitous information flow I get on Twitter 

  4. My Twilio bill will go up with more SMS apps getting built

  5. I'll be unplugged from work (yes, that is double-edged)
It's only been two hours but it feels good so far. Text me in two weeks and ask me how I feel then. :)


  1. You are braver than me! Good luck. I admire this undertaking...

  2. Pretty cool experiment Greg. Please post a follow up on what happened in a week if you get a chance.

  3. Smart man.

  4. Impressive! You're actually going through with it. I can't wait to hear if it pays the expected dividends (or unexpected ones)!

  5. Better you than I. I'd be more likely to give up SMS than my data plan. But I don't really see my data plan interfering with your pro list, if it were mine. Well, except for talking to strangers in line. So how's it going?

  6. Coming up on 1 month - Any conclusions (or painful withdrawl symptoms)?

  7. an update will happen... but a funny thing has happened along the way. i outright lost the new feature phone! so i went to no data plan for two weeks and i've been phone free for about three weeks! feels kind of nice... i'll need to get back on a phone to fully evaluate this. :)

  8. I posted my two month update... :)