If you haven’t heard the phrase “smart phones”, you’ve been living in a cave. Though many of our friends have switched to smart phones, I’ve not felt the attraction. We already pay a bundle for our Verizon service (smart phones require a minimum of $15 more per month) and I’m not in the mood for the learning curve when all I want to do with my phone is talk on it.
So, what I want is a “dumb” phone. Not only do I not need to access the internet via phone, I also don’t care about a camera or a keyboard. Texting is NOT in my future.
Before you write me off as a technophobe, let me say that I LOVE technology and gadgets! I’ve got a GPS (actually, 2 – one for vehicular navigation, one for hiking). I’ve got a great little Canon digital camera that carry everywhere. We have two computers that I back up regularly to external drives and flash drives, and we have a MiFi hotspot for easy internet access. Our in-dash radio plays music transferred from my computer to a flash drive, and Sirius satellite radio. So, I’m NOT afraid of technology – but I don’t like being pushed into technology before I feel a need.
We spent an hour in the Verizon store last night. Although I had complaints about my current un-smart phone – the one that went swimming – how I wish I could find one just like it now!
In the entire in-store inventory at Verizon, there was one – ONE – phone that came close to what I want! There were at least ten “texting” phones with tiny keyboards; another ten plus “smart” phones with even tinier keyboards; a few phones that didn’t even look like phones and earned the scorn of the Verizon rep we spoke with; and two – that’s right, JUST TWO - of what I now think of a “dumb” phones. Of those two, just one was Bluetooth enabled, a feature I have decided to embrace – and it is exactly the same phone Odel has! He isn’t crazy about it, and neither am it.
Since my old phone is working again (except that it doesn’t ring), I left without making a decision. It was depressing.
That didn’t last long, though, as we were off to meet our friends Sue and Mo for dinner at a favorite restaurant, Fisherman’s Market and Grill in La Quinta. Sue has an iPhone, so we chatted a little about phones over a delicious seafood dinner. With a good meal, a glass of wine, and lots of laughs, I soon cheered up.
Since the rain has settled in here for the long haul, Sue and Mo made plans to come over to the Sands RV Park today to give the shuffleboard table a workout. This afternoon I’ll get online for more phone research. If any of you readers have suggestions – like where to get a dumb phone or what to look for/at in a smart phone in case I step up – send me a comment or an email (click on our profile photo to send an email). I’ll probably end up switching phones in Yuma (after Christmas).