You’d expect the photo above to be in black and white with tattered edges, because that phone is ANCIENT. The Mayans had cell phones like that. Sadly, I also have a cell phone like that. Oh, my poor little cell phone! Once it was the shiniest, coolest gadget on the block. Then two minutes later it was complaining about arthritis and napping in the early afternoon.
I may work in information technology, but I am not a gadget person. My philosophy towards electronics is to keep it until it breaks. The Kindle and the iPad look nifty and all, but I feel no need to buy either one. However, iPads and Kindles are still rather rare, whereas smartphones have recently hit a saturation point. It seems like everyone has one. My friends are always whipping out their phones to check Twitter or Facebook or send messages on their QWERTY keyboards or to run the latest app or Google the answer to a question that has come up over dinner or to show me video of them drinking on a party bus on St. Patrick’s Day. They’re everywhere! Everyone has one but me! I’m feeling less like a less-than-gadgety girl and more like a citizen of the 18th century gawking at the future.
So why haven’t I bought an iPhone or a Droid phone or any phone made this century? The phones are nifty, but the plans are so damn expensive when you ad data transfer and texting. It seems superfluous too when you consider that I spend almost $50 a month on my home Internet service. I don’t use the phone that much. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a quiet person. I don’t chat. I email and Twitter and IM, but I don’t have many phone conversations. Right now, I use a pay-as-you-go plan which I determined was the cheapest plan for me.
But…I feel like I need to get a better phone, one that can access the Internet and lets me text faster. It would also be good to have for when I’m traveling and don’t have access to wifi. I don’t think my pay-as-you-go plan can handle that. I’m going to have to look at my budget and see if I can figure something out. I’m particularly watchful of my expenses now that I work for myself and my income varies from month to month. It just doesn’t make sense to spend a shitload of money on a phone I wouldn’t use that much, yet I know I’m going to have to upgrade soon or be caught in the past.