Changing Cells March 25, 2010Posted by Matt in random.
Tags: cell phones, Generation X, Motorola Karma, upgrades
To those of us Generation Xers who grew up in small town America in the 1980′s and 90′s, cell phones must have seemed like a strange novelty. I mean, we had old rotary phones at home and none that were wireless. When we were out places and needed a ride, we had to fish a dime out of our pocket and call someone on a payphone to come pick us up. But, sometime in the mid-90′s, that all began to change.
I got my first cell phone when I was a senior in high school, back in 1996. I was one of the first of my friends to own one and my parents got it for me following the serious car accident I was in at the beginning of the school year, when a call from a friend’s phone let them know what happened and might have even saved my life. It was a bag phone (remember those?) that was confined the seat of my pickup truck, but it did the job and that was all we could ask for. I’ve owned a few other cell phones since then, but I’ve always been content to use what I could get for free from A&T. I mean, it’s just a phone, right? Of course that was before I learned of the upgrade I was eligible for and decided that it was time to move into the 21st century.
Diana upgraded several months ago to a new one that I have to admit I was a bit jealous for. It had a full keyboard, unlike my phone which only has ten digits and forces you to push buttons up to 3 times for a single letter, and it was internet capable. I know that these things are old news to 95% of the world, but for me with this little Samsung I’ve been tied to for the past few years, it’s a big deal.
First of all, we considered some of the phones that everyone seems to be getting nowadays – Iphones and Blackberries and others that can singlehandedly accomplish any task you wish them to – but they would have cost more than we were able to spend and the data packages would have increased our monthly payment by about $30 per phone – ouch. So, instead, I took a step downward from those and picked up the same phone that Diana has, a Motorola Karma, which is light years ahead of anything I’ve ever had before. Since I was eligible for an upgrade, it did not cost us anything and the data package only ran us an extra $10/month, which is not bad at all.
Sure it may not be the most stylish or top-of-the-line cell, but it’s a radical difference from what I have grown accustomed to and I think it’s pretty cool. Now I just need to figure out how to work the dang thing…