Can’t Live Without It

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Disclosure: Latinaish.com has partnered with Cricket Wireless as a 2014 Blog Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

As some of you may know, the Samsung Galaxy s4 is my very first smartphone. Before I owned it, for the most part I was totally fine with not having one, (except for the occasional rant that I couldn’t use Instagram.) However, in the two months since I’ve had this phone, all of that has changed – I’m not really sure how I lived so many years without it.

I can’t count how many times having the phone has not just made my life more convenient, but has saved me time and money. Just yesterday at the grocery store, Carlos requested I make Cóctel de Camarones en Salsa Rosada. If I hadn’t been able to check the recipe I have on my blog right there in the middle of the store, I’m certain I would have forgotten at least one of the ingredients, which would have required returning to the store later.

Another way the phone is saving me money – With the unlimited music downloads from Muve Music, I haven’t felt the need to sign up for satellite radio after my trial period recently ended in my vehicle. I just connect my phone to the bluetooth and listen to exactly what I want, plus when Carlos calls me, his phone call interrupts the music and rings right through the radio which is a great safety feature, (and it’s legal necessity in many states now, which I completely support.)

I decided to make a video to show you a few more ways I use my phone each day, (and I still left out a dozen more at least.)

All that being said – it’s definitely a balance when one owns a smartphone. Remember to put your phone away and don’t touch it during certain times of the day and week, because your familia is much more important than random Facebook statuses or getting a new high score on Flappy Bird.

If you need a little more incentive to help you not touch the phone, the UNICEF app “Tap Project” donates clean water to people in need for each minute you don’t touch your phone. We may say “I can’t live without my phone” – but this app is a great reminder that as fun and useful as our phones can be, there are real needs and bigger priorities in the world.

You can learn more about Cricket Wireless in Spanish here, or in English here. You can also follow the #VidaConCricket hashtag and @MiCricket on Twitter.

4 thoughts on “Can’t Live Without It

    • Are you planning to get one soon? … I also did fine without one for years, but now that I have it, I’ve found it extremely useful.

  1. i had a “dumb” phone for a while until 2 yrs ago…The one i got at that time was already a year old, but I didn’t think I would need it much. Now our family schedule is planned in it. My contacts are in that. My girls love to play with it. The screen is badly cracked, the camera is awful, but I still use it everyday! I am looking to upgrade to a faster/better phone soon.

    • It’s crazy how many uses you can find for something you previously easily lived without. My old phone had a terrible camera and even worse video, so I carried my point-and-shoot with me almost everywhere, and sometimes my flip cam for video as well, in addition to my cellphone. The camera and video on the Samsung Galaxy s4 are better than my point-and-shoot and flip cam though, so it’s nice not to have to carry 3 electronic devices with me.

      I hope you get to upgrade soon!

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