Most people who know me understand that I love technology. From computers to games, I’ve always had an interest in these things. It comes then as a surprise to all that my cell phone is six years old and can only do voice and text. (And it can only store a maximum of about 30 text messages.) Why did I stick with it for so long? It worked… if you ignore the fact it didn’t auto-update the time and date correctly from the day I got it, the volume buttons wouldn’t work when the lid was closed, vibrator in it broke about two or three years ago. But it made great voice calls. It was also the first phone where I could have custom ring tones.For the past month or so the internal screen has had problems displaying. It seems like a loose wire, but the screws holding it together look stripped, making disassembly a pain. Well, I say adieu to it and accept the Samsung T139 into my life, courtesy of Rainman (it was his old phone).
It, like my old V180, is a very basic phone. Text, voice and some horrible Java game demos pre-loaded. The only downside to the phone is I don’t have the PC connection cable to set up a custom ringtone. And I refuse to download and pay for ringtones.
Why don’t I want web browsing on a phone? Horribly overpriced data plans. I simply refuse to pay $80/mo for a data plan I won’t really use. Instead I pay $40/mo for unlimited text and 600 anytime mins (with unlimited night/weekends). And that’s really more than I need.
Though, once I get back to Japan, I’ll have a smart phone once again. Mostly out of necessity.