Time for a new phone

Shawn Magrath

Lately, I’ve been considering the possibility of buying a new cell phone. Mine has lived well past its life expectancy and has finally reached the point where it works but only when it wants to. In a way, I’ll be sad to see it go. It’s lived in my pocket for so, I’ve dropped it more times than I can count over the years, and it still has the old (slightly embarrassing) ring tones that no one has anymore. But if you want to talk about ROI, I bought it for $15 back in 2006 – I’ve gotten my money’s worth.

So I embark on the search for a new phone and my options are as wide as the ocean is deep, the sky is high, and as hairless cats are ugly. The market for phones has exploded over the last ten years, which has become clear just by watching prime time television commercials (phone commercial, car commercial, car commercial, phone commercial, phone commercial, phone commercial, low calorie soft-drink commercial, phone commercial, and back to the show). There are so many choices of phones that by the time I decide which to get, I’m not going to want to use it – I’m just going to want to take a nap.

As much as I’ve always said I would never go the way of smart phones, I’m really considering it now. It would be great to get emails on my phone; my biggest fear is getting a phone that’s smarter than I am (I’m talking about you, Siri). Of course, there are other options. I would happily use my old wall-mounted rotary phone if it didn’t take 20 minutes to dial a number (zip, click-click-click-click-click-click-click, and repeat).
(long pause)
“Why did you call?”
“I don’t remember…”

I suppose if choosing a new phone is really as complicated as it all sounds, I’ll just go with another $15 special.