Melissa Stagnaro

I tried to resist. I really did. But in the end, I bowed to peer pressure. I figured, everybody else is doing it, why not me?

That’s right. I tacked on a data plan to my already outrageous cell phone bill.

It wasn’t the need – or even the desire -to access the internet willy-nilly on my mobile device which lead me to this decision. No, I was seduced by a pretty little touch screen, slide out qwerty keyboard and the siren’s call of the “City Red” finish.

I know. I’m so fickle.

I hadn’t planned on being in the market for a new phone for another couple of months. I figured “old reliable,” as I liked to call my somewhat outdated flip phone, would be able to see me through until my contract expired in November. And it probably would have if I hadn’t dropped it rather unceremoniously on the asphalt a couple of weeks ago.

I’d dropped it plenty of times before with no ill effects, so initially I was unconcerned about its most recent encounter with the blacktop. But that’s before I realized a chunk was missing from its gaudy bronze veneer. Right at the hinge, which kind of destabilized the whole flip action thing.

Could I have lived with it? Yes, but I would have lived in fear that one day the whole flippy part would just fly off. And I would have had to continue to endure the daily phone calls from Verizon begging me to take advantage of their “new every 2” program. Which, I might add, had started to irk me almost as much as the incessant emails from a particular political candidate. One who, incidentally, will NOT be getting my vote in November as a result.

So Tuesday, during a lull, I paid a visit to the Verizon website, thinking I’d nosy around a bit. But then I saw her: a Samsung Reality in the aforementioned City Red.

It wasn’t the sleekest or newest of phones. But it was pretty. And free! (After the online discount, $50 rebate and 2 year contract extension, sure. Oh, yeah, and the whole data plan thing.)

You know what else was free? Overnight shipping! So a mere 24 hours later I had it in my hot little hands.

Now, I just have to figure out how to use it.

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