I’ve made three visits to the cell phone store in the last three weeks and I have yet to replace my 7-year-old chunky Nokia cell phone.
The thing is my cell phone works fine, except for a few missed calls as of late because the phone failed to ring and the caller went straight into voicemail.
I haven’t dropped my phone in the kitchen sink, lost it down a storm sewer drain or … thank heavens, watched it fall into the toilet. You may laugh, but I know friends who have lost their cell phones to such calamities!
I’ve been waiting for my cell phone to die, but I’m beginning to think I should just retire it and put it out to pasture instead. It’s already passed up two contract extensions – it’s ready for a break.
Making the decision to part ways was fairly easy. The hard part is figuring out what I want to replace it with.
I don’t know what I want. (Some of you are probably thinking … typical woman!)
Each visit to the cell phone shop has been with a different person. So far, it’s two votes for a Droid and one vote for the buy one-get one free model that has a touch screen and up to 300-page views in a data pack. To be fair, that last model is favored by my niece, who wanted the "get one free" phone for herself. Unfortunately, her dad put the kibosh on that deal.
Co-worker Kari keeps talking about how incredible her Droid is … or is it that she loves her Droid Incredible? I don’t know.
The other day she sent me an e-mail on the benefits of a phone that can do everything. This followed our Friday experience covering the announcement of a land purchase at Rock Rapids, Iowa. By the time I drove my car out of the Rock Rapids city limits, she was typing my lead paragraph into her Droid, and by the time we drove into Ellsworth, she had a couple of paragraphs posted online at www.dglobe.com as breaking news.
This incredible phone could make my job easier, she said. It could allow me to do my job in the field - if I could tolerate typing more than a couple of paragraphs on a miniature cell phone keyboard.
I could take pictures and upload them to our news site, I could post status updates on Facebook, I could do so much with this incredible, beautiful phone, she said.
Geez, with all of that, who needs a desk and a computer? Welcome to my car and, oh, by the way, here’s my phone … it does everything!
I thought writing a blog about my conundrum would somehow help me to make a clear decision. Unfortunately, I don’t think it has helped. Perhaps I’ll just think about it a while longer.