Posted by Tim Stobbs on January 24, 2013
Last week if you noticed a subtle shift in the rotation of the earth for about a minute you can blame me. I’m fairly certain hell frozen over just for a minute as I finished my transaction. I finally broke down and bought a cell phone after not having one for the last six years.
So you might be wondering why I didn’t have a cell phone? Well that is easy, as I finished my job in sales back in 2006 I HATED my cell phone as I got calls in the middle of the night with it regarding things I couldn’t fix. It was a pain in my ass and I decided after that job I didn’t want a personal one (in fact I haven’t even got a work phone in all these years). So I didn’t buy one and went about my life very easily without one. Shockingly enough you don’t actually need a cell phone to live and beside my wife had won a cell phone so it wasn’t like I didn’t have access to one if I wanted. I consider the last six years my detox from a work cellphone.
What changed then? Well not much but a few things aligned to make me take the jump. The first was the fact I had some gift cards from the holidays for a technology store so I could get a prepaid phone for almost no money out of my pocket. Also I knew from my wife it is possible to get a pay as you go plan for as little as $10/month depending on your usage. So the cost barriers were fairly low to get one. Then the straw that broke this camel’s back was the following: I realized how much energy I was expending not getting a phone.
Pardon?!? You see I really like technology it has always been a weakness of mine to look at the shiny stuff in the store and buy the gadgets for fun. Also I’m fairly good at aligning technology in my life to make things easier. So while I didn’t have an iPhone, I did have a iPod Touch for years which I used apps for things like tracking my spending cash or using Evernote. I realized I would like the option to take pictures from a device on the go, the ideal solution would be a smartphone, but I was looking at just upgrading my iPod Touch. Yet as I was doing the research I realized that I was looking at a really expensive piece of hardware just to avoid getting a phone. It stuck me as a wee bit ridiculous and I figured it was time get past my detox stage. Also I should explain that I’m a heavy user of Google services so an Android phone had some serious appeal to me since I could sync both my phone and tablet.
In the end, yes, I got a smart phone and I’m happy with what I bought. No it wasn’t top of the line, just a LG with Android 2.3, but why would I care? I haven’t have one in six years. Now I just have to get use the idea of having a cell phone…I’ve already forgot it at home a few times.