A week ago, when I was sitting in the pediatric emergency room at the University of New Mexico Hospital, I realized that having a working cell phone might be nice. In addition to letting my husband know that our older daughter likely had a broken nose, I needed to find someone who could give our dog — who has a total heart block — his medicine.
I do have a cell phone. My father in law bought it for me sometime during the Cretaceous Period. It lost its antenna years ago and the battery holds a charge for less than a nanosecond. Also, I don't know how to answer it or retrieve messages.
It's not that I'm a technophobe; I just don't get the big deal about most "communications" advances in the last decade or so. When I see people with their Bluetooths, all I can think of are the Borg. When I'm in restaurants, stores, sporting events etc. etc., I'd rather not hear other people's phone conversations. Why would anyone WANT to text a buddy while walking on a nature path? What gives with that??
So, sure, I have to work through some hefty biases.
Up until last Monday I was fine. However, when I desperately needed to reach my husband, I wondered if it was time for me to enter technological adulthood.
Last Saturday, my hubby and I took a long walk. On the way home, we stopped at a cell phone store. Both of us were stunned by the cost. I couldn't get past the fact that people with far less money than we have — and we're NOT rich — spring hundreds of dollars monthly for these phones and messaging and blah blah blah services.
In spite of my numerous reservations about cost and undesired accessibility, I think we're going to take the plunge. That's where you come in. At the moment I'm feeling like I need another Master's Degree to sort out all the choices. I'm overwhelmed. My disinclination to have a phone in the first place isn't helping.
I need to hear from people who like cell phones and who've done the research. I think that means YOU.
You have your favorite phone and plan. Would you be willing to give me a bit of advice?
Here's how bad it is: I don't even know if we can buy a cheaper phone at Target or someplace like that OR if we have to buy the phone from the provider that gives us the service. The cell phone store we went to certainly led us to believe we had to buy the instruments from them, that there was a compatibility issue. But I felt like I was being B.S.'ed.
1. At least one phone dial pad needs to have larger numbers for our child with the vision impairment.
2. As few bells and whistles (we don't want a phone that thinks for us).
3. Decent service with options for low-minute usage because we don't plan to depend on the darn things.
4. An ICE button (ICE: In case of emergency).
5. We don't need, or particularly want messaging capabilities, internet accessibility, cameras, video streaming, computer hook-ups, or a phone that can wipe our . . . well, you get the idea.
What kind of phones do you like? What plans/brands rock your world or thrust you into the depths of despond?
Please. Educate me.
Yes. Her nose is broken, but she's not in pain and the break was small.
Yes. Our dog is still alive. But we're terribly worried about him; he's only five and it's heartbreaking to know he's so sick.