Thursday, September 21, 2006

technological liberation and seduction (I'm here to solve the BIG problems in life)

When my then-boyfriend got a cell phone ca. 1997, I thought it was the dumbest thing ever. I knew no one who had one except him. I remember mocking him mercilessly and asking why he would possibly need that (am considering emailing to apologize now.) Of course, eventually the revolution came and I got a phone too and I forgot all about my teasing over his need for a silly toy.

I went from carrier to carrier, hating on most of them, getting thoroughly screwed by one. When I moved away from CA, I realized that I hardly ever used my phone and was tired of shelling out the cash each month for the few minutes I actually used. P and I decided to cut costs an try out pay-as-you-go service. No more activation fees, no more big bills, no more roaming surprises, no more contracts. Decent service, even when traveling. Happy Twirl.

After a few years, we moved again, to NewCity. My phone was wearing out and not holding a charge, and I let the service lapse. P got a new phone for his job and instead of trying for a local number I let his service lapse too. I've been living cell-free pretty much since May.


It's been so great. When I'm out, I'm out. I can actually go somewhere and not tell anyone! And no one can ask me where I am, what I'm doing, or when I'll be home. Fantastic! (keep in mind that I have very few people to talk to anyway)

Lately though, I've been hearing the call of a new phone. P really wants me to get one because he likes to bother me when I go to the store. I started researching other carriers that offer prepaid service and it made my head spin a little. I eliminated a couple based on ridiculous rules or charges or crap networks. I'm left with two.

Why these two? Well, there's Tracfone, which I've used before and been completely satisfied with. And there's Cingular GoPhone, which offers me this:

I've been totally seduced by this tiny phone. It's cute and I want it. It's also kind of expensive and I'm a little cheap. Oh, and I HATE cingular.

UGH! What do I do? Am I crazy to hold a five-year grudge against a company? Should I give in and buy me a new toy? Should I continue to live my happy cell-free life?


Tiff said...

If you hate Cingular...don't do it. It may be a cute phone, but I am assuming there was probably a good reason for your dislike. (Just my opinion)

twirl said...

You're right, it was a good reason. The only way I could justify it would be that I wouldn't choose a contract option . But still.

This is why I end up with nothing!

Cat, Galloping said...

i dunno, i feel untied and nervous when i don't have a phone. plus i love technical toys! then again half the time they drive me crazy by not working properly and having poor customer service, so...

Irish Girl said...

I'm such an impulse buyer, I'd prolly already have the thing fully programmed.

Irish = Cuteness sucker.

That's how I ended up with 4 animals.

K said...

Keep in mind, Tracfone is notorious for being out of area, roaming charges using extra minutes, etc in this area. How do I know, I had one for a short time.