Here’s the deal. Smart phones – they freak me out. I don’t get them and I never want one. However, I seem to be the only person on the planet not raving about these so-called “phones”.
Everyone’s got their iPhones and their Crackberrys with their BBMs and those nosy calorie-counting apps. Guess what I’ve got – an actual telephone (you’re welcome Mr. Alexander Graham Bell).
Want to send me a picture text? Won’t happen. My phone actually rejects picture texts. I didn’t even set that feature up; my phone – knowing my easy-to-please preferences – actually took it upon itself to start rejecting picture texts. That’s fine by me because my phone company likes to charge me for every cute picture that my friends send to me.
Internet? Don’t have it. Touch Screen? Not on this phone. Fancy Apps? Nope.
However, my phone does boast some very practical and necessary features:
- phone calls (received, dialed, and missed)
- text messages (limit of 300)
- SPEAKER phone (could not live without)
- voicemail (a little tedious, but helpful nonetheless)
Look, I’m not disagreeing with those of you who have these fancy-schmancy phones. In fact, I think my kind is a dying breed and I’ll probably have to succumb to the age of the Smart Phones eventually (which by the way, does that name freak anyone else out a bit? I mean….they are just phones…or are they?).
I just prefer my tried and true, old-fashioned telephone. I spend 8 hours chained to a computer all day. On top of that, I come home after work and spend another several hours on the computer studying. Sometimes I feel like I live and breathe a virtual (insanity?) life – having a phone that is merely that allows me to break free from the electronic world and actually enjoy life.
How much does a Smart Phone run these days anyway? I’m sure they can be found for a discounted price, but my beat-up Rumor phone that you see up there has served me well for almost 2 years and only cost a whopping $18 (damn you Sprint and your crafty “activation fees”).
In addition to the outlandish prices, I’m assuming most Smart Phones must be set up with a data and internet plan. Otherwise, what’s the point of even having one? Not the Rumor though. I survive on 200 anytime minutes and 300 text messages per month. No extras for me please, just the old stand-by calling and messaging plan.
I totally get the appeal of having the internet on your phone. I could see how it would be fun to update my twitter from, say, my car on the drive to work, or at the gym, or out to dinner, or at the grocery store….wait, that doesn’t sound too much more exciting than my current tweets…
While many people (my best friends and Lloyd included) now prefer to carry around a virtual world in their purse or pocket, I prefer to leave mine at home on my desk where it should be.
I don’t need an iPhone; I’ve got myPhone.
So, tell me: do you swear by the Smart Phones? What kind of phone do you use? If you prefer the fancy phones, tell me why! Are there any of you who are like me and prefer the old-school, one function phones?