Saturday, June 12, 2010

Prayer for the Dying or How My Mobile Phone Has Opted to Croak Just in Time for an Upgrade


PrayerInAlabaster, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

I've been trying to keep this a secret, but I've finally decided the time has come to make my next "grand announcement." I'm going to get an iPhone.

Now, I realize that some of you may be thinking, "yeah, so what?" but it's kind of big news for me. You see, I am a "non-mobile" kind of mobile user. Since I work with computers and gadgets a lot over the course of a day, (until now) I have not really wanted the additional "tether" of a smartphone. I like being "hands free" in more ways than just having a headset, ok? I love the notion that, when I'm out in the wilds, roaming God's green earth, well, I'm out in the wilds. Free as a bird. Far away from anything resembling an annoying electronic device. Seriously. I like my space. So, I've resisted the temptations of the latest in electronic devices.

I've noticed recently though that I've started to feel a bit disconnected. I wish I could Twitter more. I wish I could check my Facebook page more than once a day. Even though some of it moves at too fast a pace for me, I love social media and, frankly, I'm a bit jealous that I cannot always keep up with it. All of this has been building up while, at the same time, the iPhone has been getting better and better. They keep adding more to the device, making it easier to use, cooler, nicer, sweeter, in oh so many ways. And cheaper too-the data plans have started to drop in price. All of this convergence has made me realize that, with the announcement of the iPhone 4, well, I might just have to take the plunge. So, I'm going to, I'm going to try anyway, to get myself a new iPhone.

The pre-orders start sometime on Tuesday, I believe. I might even make my way over to the AT&T store this weekend, to ask about starting the paperwork. I'm actually looking forward to making this jump. For the first time in a long time, I want to be more connected. I want to play with this new social media technology even more. There are a lot of good things about the iPhone and I'm actually excited about the possibility of having the entire Internet fit right squarely in the palm of my hand. It's a brave new world, and I'm looking forward to jumping in with both feet.

By now you might be asking, "what's all this about a prayer for the dying?" In what can only be described as an act of fate, my current cell phone, the phone I've had for about 5 or 6 years now, my trusty little antiquated buddy, has started dying. It's no longer holding a charge and it's cutting out on a regular basis. I think it too is trying to tell me something. Yeah, I guess the entire universe is conspiring-it's time for Carol to get a new phone. Run, Carol, run! Wish me luck in the lines with the mobs at the Apple store.

Even though the process of actually getting a new cell phone might be a royal pain, I'm hoping that, once I have it in hand-once I sign on the dotted line, dot all of the i's and cross all of the t's and the phone actually shows up at my doorstep, it will have been worth the wait.

Do you use a smartphone? Do you love them? Hate them? Find it rude when somebody sits in a restaurant "flipping through" their phone, rather than engaging in conversation? Wish you had a better one? Are you maybe getting an iPhone 4 as an upgrade (or new phone) as soon as they come out too?

Wish me luck at the Apple store for I am going to need it and please do check back here over the course of the next few weeks as my giant "leap forward" in terms of mobile technology catches up with me.

Until next time...

3 comments:

Peruby said...

I am considering a smart phone, my daughter has had one for a while. My nephew has an iPhone. I don't think you will be disappointed or regret it.

Sometimes my daughter does ignore me when she is texting at a restaurant, but that happens anytime. LOL!

Good luck.

mythopolis said...

The question arises as to what to do with the cast-off technology? I say, you take it out to the sidewalk, smash it to bits with a hammer (wear goggles), and then throw all those little smart ass fragments onto a board, pour wax over them, and make an encaustic statement. It would be entitled "I'm sorry, this number is no longer in service."

Carol said...

@Peruby, thanks for the luck, I think I am going to need it. It's so confusing-package plans and apps to download. Phew!

@Mythopolis, I love that idea. "I'm Sorry, this number is no longer in service." HA! I so have to do that. Encaustics are fun like that.