My husband put his cell phone in the washing machine. Not on purpose, but there it sloshed until the final rinse cycle – it wasn’t a very pretty death, but it was a very clean death.
I went with him to get a new one and discovered that my contract was up. Oh happy days, I could purchase a new phone without spending an arm and donating a body part. I began looking; what did I need? The choices seemed a bit endless, and some even seemed ridiculous. You can get a camera phone, a music phone, a smart phone, oh my! Choices, choices, and more choices. There are phones for entertainment, phones for e-mail and text messaging, and phones that even let you make phone calls.
Cell phones for entertainment – I’m going to take that one head on. Do I look like someone who would get entertainment from my phone? Nah. I’m from the era where you had an answering service. For those of you who are too young to know, there weren’t any machines in my early vibrant years. You either waited by the phone for dream boy to call, or you paid for a service – mostly used by actors or sales people – or you simply missed the call. In this age of uber-techno, can you imagine a phone ringing and ringing with no voice mail or answering machine to pick up? Well where do you think the expression “ringing off the hook” comes form? I am sure I was the last person in my neighborhood, town and city to buy a DVD player, so it’s not likely I’m looking to my phone for amusement. No, I want it to make phone calls and keep a list of phone numbers. I don’t need a cute ring tone, I don’t need music, I don’t need to send anyone a text message, I don’t even need it to show me a video or other claims. I just want to be able to talk and be heard. I don’t want the service to crap out, and I don’t want to keep asking “can you hear me now?”. I just want a plain phone, and in this day of uber-tech, seems like I’m asking for a lot.
So, tell me – what do you want your cell phone to do?