With some people I know, there's something special about spending *any* money on computers, Internet, or cell service. Here come a few examples. These are friends that otherwise drive nice cars and live in real houses, but when it comes to some things, they go insanely cheap.
One friend I know has had the same shitty cell phone for about four years. I can hardly understand a thing he says on it because the audio is so bad. C'mon guy, the cell provider will GIVE you a new one every two years or so if you re-up the contract. No, he's afraid it will bother his old cheap-o plan, so he keeps that barely working monster year after year. Sometimes I just hang up during his calls because I can't hear anything but "mumble-mumble-arr-grarr-mumble."
Another friend has a cell phone in her car that crackles and makes beeping and popping noises while she drives. I asked, "is that thing alright?" She's not sure, but it's just a few dollars every few months to get just a few minutes of talk time. She goes to some beat-up laundromat/store to add time to it. I can imagine the people outside shooting shit into their veins as she walks in to reload that cell phone. Creepy! I'm not sure that phone even works, but it's just a few dollars every few months. She drives a Mercedes, lol.
A relative still has AOL dialup for which she has been paying $4.95 a month for over ten years. It's an old limited AOL service that gives you "just a few minutes" of dialup every month. She'll probably still be paying that $4.95 years after AOL goes under. She never gets on it because she always runs out of time. So, she keeps it because it's cheap, but never uses it because it's so limited. She could get DSL "lite" on an introductory offer for $14.95/month but that's too expensive.
Same relative is still using an old computer with Windows ME on it because new ones are too expensive. I quit going over there to troubleshoot that beast nearly ten years ago. I tell her about decent netbooks for just over $200, but when she hears that, she wants to find one for $100. This relative has a pretty decent Lincoln sitting in the driveway.