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"Trina finally enters the 21st Century" - Judi Grant - trinalin thinks things through
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"Trina finally enters the 21st Century" - Judi Grant
I've got an LCD monitor, a laptop computer (the school's, actually, but it's still mine to use), a home wireless network, a cordless phone, dozens of MP3 players, and a home theater system. Still, judiang has never considered me to be a member of the 21st Century until yesterday, when I finally got myself a cell phone.

There have been many times while I've been on trips when my owning a cell phone would have been very handy. Sometimes one needs a phone when one is at my folks' cottage at the Lake. And of course, trying to find people in and around airports has been made far far easier thanks to mobile phones. So with these concerns in mind, I spontaneously bought a Virgin Mobile Pay as you Go phone. My regular monthly phone bills are rarely more than $25, so I didn't want to spend an additional $20-$40 a month on a cell phone. I liked the TracFone like what dad got, but it costs $100 a year to keep it running, and that's not including the cost of phone calls. The Virgin phone, OTOH, is only $20 every 3 months or so (or every 5 months if you don't mind your phone being inactive for awhile) and that includes the phone calls. Yes, the calls are expensive. 25 cents a minute for the first 10 minutes in a day, plus 10 cents a minute after that. But this is a phone for vacations and emergencies. I think I can handle it.

And I discovered when I got it home that it's the perfect phone. Click here. Now type in "45373" into the zip code box. Look at the map. Notice that gray blurb just above and to the left of Dayton? Yup, that's where my home town is! So people will NOT be able to use my phone to find me when I'm in the area. ;-) They can only contact me when I'm in Troy or Piqua or at the Lake or in Chicago, etc etc. How's that for a perfect mobile? (This was not my original plan in buying the phone, but it's something that I think I can live with.)

It does seem to have good coverage in all the big cities that I tend to visit. Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Boston, LA, etc. So it should work fine on my trips around the country. And, as I wrote earlier, it works at the Lake. (I called both elsaf and Judi from the Lake. Left a message with their respective services and Judi returned my call. (Elsa is at work, I believe, and thus in a dead spot.) Oh, Judi, turns out it does charge for incoming. But I'm now at the 10 cents a minute stage for today, so that's OK.)

The phone uses Sprint's network, so it's all digital. But there is no roaming. I believe dad's TracFone does do roaming (with twice the cost per minute). When I listened to the phone messages that I left on my home answering machine, I was amazed by two things. The first, that I thought it was my mother and it took until the second call to actually realize it was me. The second, that it actually was very clear. Cool!

Oh, another reason why I opted for the Virgin phone rather than the TracFone - it's a much cooler cell phone. I went for the swanky AudioVox 8610 so I'd get full color and stereophonic ring tones. I found the ideal ring tone for my phone, too. (See the "current music" to find out what it is.) And someday I'll be in an area where my phone works and I can download the ring tone. ;-) Oh, it has two games on it as well. Blackjack, which is OK, I guess. And something called Magic Hexa, which is rather fun. Sort of like Tetris and Super Bubble Pop.

So, there ya have it. Trina's finally joined the 21st Century. Are you happy now, Judi? ;-)

Current Mood: jubilant jubilant
Current Music: "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba

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judiang From: judiang Date: June 26th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Delirious happy. You should explain why I've been nagging you about a cell phone. Remember the Memorial Day weekend when you drove to the airport four times to get me? :)
trinalin From: trinalin Date: June 26th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
3 times, actually. But that was WAY back before they'd invented cell phones. I mean, airplanes were the new thing on the block. ;-)
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: June 26th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
hooray for telephones! Being a teenager is good, because wherever you go with your friends someone is bound to have a mobile. Ehe. *gleefully pokes lack of mobileness*

That LCD monitor sounds wonderful :D
mindwarp From: mindwarp Date: June 26th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm A Luddite... Oh, Wait, I'm A Techie, I Can't Be Both...

Wow, I wonder what century I'm in - I have no desire to get a cell phone, and neither does anyone else in my apartment. None of us really travel much, and none of us are heavy phone users (barring my internet usage, of course). Plus, esp. right now, we just don't have the money for it. (shrugs) So, don't feel bad that it took you so long to get a cell - I know I don't know many others besides me and mine here who don't have one, but who cares? (g)

Oh, and cells have been around since the early 80's - when were you hunting for Judi? Granted, back then they were giant clunky things, but they were around - they talked about them on I Love The 80's on VH1 (I'm addicted to pop culture shows like that... and damn, OT, I forgot to post about the catalog search when I checked my email! Damnit, damnit, SOB, I hate my memory sometimes...)

ever your servant,
Jennwarp
trinalin From: trinalin Date: July 2nd, 2004 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'm A Luddite... Oh, Wait, I'm A Techie, I Can't Be Both...

Wow, I wonder what century I'm in - I have no desire to get a cell phone, and neither does anyone else in my apartment.

Yeah, that's pretty much my thoughts WRT cell phones. But I finally decided it was enough of a necessity to get one. So far, it's not been a hindrance to me. (I've gotten 1 phone call on this trip so far. Meanwhile, Judi and Elsa have gotten at least 1 call a day on theirs - sometimes more.)
trinalin From: trinalin Date: July 2nd, 2004 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'm A Luddite... Oh, Wait, I'm A Techie, I Can't Be Both...

Oh, and cells have been around since the early 80's - when were you hunting for Judi?

Heh - forgot to answer this in my last response. Sorry!

I was being facetious re: the Judi fiasco. Still, at the time neither of us had cell phones, though they would have come in handy. And yes, they were still in the boxy stage at the time. (Or paying out of the nose for the sleek ones.)
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