My own reasoning is not exactly the same as Roger’s, but neither one of us is a candidate for one of those mediumfalutin’ smartphones:
I embrace technology, but technology does not always embrace me. There was a period when we would have our work computers were swapped out after so many months, and mine would always be a couple months earlier than others.
Mine is usually the last to be updated, mostly because I habitually tend to resist the tyranny of the new. I think technology is basically indifferent to my existence, and had I the choice, I would return the compliment.
This is more serious:
I don’t want to be one of those people whose attention is buried in the device, oblivious to the surroundings. I see that a LOT on the bus each day.
I wonder how many of them actually miss their stop. (And I suspect that most of the people who text while driving are using smartphones, if only because squeezing out text on a flipper is even more incredibly tedious than doing so with something that has a simulacrum of a keyboard.)
And there’s this:
I am very wary of geolocation. I don’t want to be omnipresent in the world, or hacked, or sent ads telling me what stores are nearby that I “want” to go to. Frankly, being able to pay for something on a smartphone is a disincentive.
I figure I give away too much location information already, without having to carry a device to do it for me.
Add to this the fact that any data plan at all would at least double my monthly wireless expense, a point also made by Roger, and I figure I can survive with this little flipbox for a couple more years.