|06:29 pm - Just call me "The Fonz"|
On Saturday the cell phone I've had for most of a decade decided that its display was going to go on holiday and only show the occasional line or three. So today I went to go look at replacement phones, since I need my cell phone to be fully functional.
While getting into the car, I happen to drop the malfunctioning device on the sidewalk. I pick it up, turn it on, sure that now it'll be completely dead -- only to find out it's now working perfectly again! (Just like it had been on Friday, before it decided to go on strike.)
Having apparently knocked some sense into it, I nonetheless decide to go have a look-see at the current models available to me, since my current phone has proven itself to be unreliable and may fail again unexpectedly, as occurred this weekend. Since I've not upgraded my phone since I got it, I'm eligible for either a free phone or an upgrade credit.
Most of the phones are teeny-weeny things, compared to mine. Mine, though, has the incalculable advantage of being able to run on AA batteries, so I never have to worry about the phone dying from lack of power -- and no current phones have that capability, unfortunately.
There are a few nice phones I can get for free, including a spiffy looking Sony Ericsson, without needing to change my current plan, which doesn't have a lot of minutes, but is very cheap & no longer available. Most of the time I don't even use all my included minutes, so I'm reluctant to give it up.
One of my available choices is the new Google phone, which I'd get a substantial upgrade credit for, so it would be less than half the normal price. This is very tempting, because it's "ooooo, shiny!!" -- but the problem then is that I'd have to be on a new plan, one that offers web access, and that would cost me at least twice what I'm now paying for Plain Old Cell Phone Service. That phone isn't available until 10/22, though, so I have to wait a while before it's even possible to get it, so that decision is by necessity put off. In the meanwhile, I'll see how my old phone holds out. If it dies before the G-phone comes out, I'll likely get the Sony I mentioned above, since what I mainly want is POCPS. Not really sure I need all the bells & whistles of the G-phone, especially at the cost of a higher monthly plan. The phone I can get for free has a few bells & whistles of its own too -- a camera & MP3 player, plus some organizer software, things my old phone doesn't have, and it can be used anywhere in the world, which is a "killer app" for me! So I may go for the freebie phone anyway, in the end.
Decisions, decisions, decisions . . .
Current Mood: working
Current Music: Theme from "Happy Days"