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Entering the Age of Electronic Adulthood, Thanks to Apple

Posted on: June 6, 2011

Since being a cell phone owner for over 12 years a really long time, I’ve always gone the free-phone route. It never made sense to buy a phone and what the carrier had to offer always seemed good enough to me. I’d bear through the dropped calls, frying of sims cards and complete malfunction until we were up for a new free phone. It was frustrating, but I could deal. Then my last phone sent me over the edge.

A standard LG, with decent texting ability, there really isn’t any one thing wrong with my phone, well, except for everything. It turns off randomly. It will start calling people on its own. It won’t ring when it should and will delay messages. Sometimes, mid-conversation, it will hang up. I call this my limited-talk feature. If I place too many calls in a day {say, three or more} it just shuts down. Unlike my previous phones, this phone has been acting a fool since day one. But once you’re locked in, your locked in, so I’ve been waiting for 2 years to get a new one.

When our phone contract came up this last week, Jonathan asked me what phone I wanted. I think my response was “something that doesn’t suck”. I still really didn’t care what I had, just so long as it was reliable and wouldn’t make me want to run over it with our van. But, as we were standing in AT&T and I was looking over my not-quite-free-but-still-cheap-phone options, Jonathan asked if what I had chosen was what I really wanted. Really wanted? Another phone whose con ratings include “dropped calls, turns off randomly and isn’t always reliable” just like all the other options I had? No, not really. What I really want, what I know will actually be a good phone is:

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So, out of no where, Jonathan got it for me. I was floored. After years of bad cell phones, I feel like I’ve just stepped into true adulthood, with a real cell phone. Aside from the countless apps, the feeding of my Apple obsession and having internet on my phone, I’m just excited to own a phone that will actually work. And it doesn’t hurt that my kids can have facetime with my mom and I can snap awesome pictures:

What is your cell phone like? Do you have a dud like my old one? Or have you stepped it up to electronic adulthood?

15 Responses to "Entering the Age of Electronic Adulthood, Thanks to Apple"

Nice! I really would like for both Mike and I to get iPhones. Mike especially because he uses his phone so much for work and his blackberry is always breaking (it has one of those little roller ball things). We’re planning on switching to Verizon soon, so it’s tempting to upgrade, but for myself, I really cannot justify the cost. My monthly plan would have to go up to be able to have internet use and then there’s the cost of the iPhone itself, and really, all I need is a phone that can make calls. If I did have an iPhone I would probably be irresponsible and waste time playing games, downloading apps, being online, etc. So not buying one is my self control 🙂 I’d like to convince Mike to get one, because for him, the cost is justified, but I’m not sure if he’ll be ready to spend the money.

Don’t hate me but I’ve had three iPhones thus far. I have loved them all and my 4G is the best yet. I wasn’t really sure I even wanted it when I first got it, but that passed within 24 hours. iPhones aren’t perfect and my sis has a Droid that has some really cool features my iPhone doesn’t have. I also have to say that AT&T coverage can be less than ideal in some areas. I guess that’s not an issue for folks now that Verizon offers the iPhone as wel. Enjoy your ultra cool phone and send us all a pic when you get some funky cool case for it, which is one of the most fun parts!

YAY!!! I am so thrilled for you. I can relate to cell phone madness…you and I must have had the same LG phone (mine did the same thing). I love my iphone for the same reasons as you. Isn’t instagram great haha!

Alicia – I’ve never been able to justify spending the money either. But when it boiled down to another awful phone or spending the dough, it made sense to go with the iPhone. I’m sure there are others that would work, but not having a home phone and then having an unreliable cell phone always had me on edge with the girls. There have been too many times that I’ve needed to make a call and have to wait hours to do so {not good}.

Sarah – Jonathan just made the switch to the Android from his old iPhone. He’s on the fence as to whether he likes it more. We have till the end of the month to decide, so we’ll see!

Jodi – instagram rocks! 🙂 🙂

Oooh, does this mean you’re on instagram now?

I am! Just started following you last night. 🙂


Haha! My first thought was “Omi’s gonna love this!”. 😉 We’ll have to do facetime soon.

i’m diggin’ instagram as well 🙂 i picked the white one too 🙂

Ooo you even got the latest upgrade with white as an option!!

I have had the free phones until about 2 years ago when we paid about $30 with some great deal to upgrade me to the LG semi touch screen. Once Archer was born we were considering a flip video camera but then Chris surprised me one day and brought home a 4, I’ve loved it but admit it has taken my internet/twitter/texting time to an almost embarrassing level which I’m now trying to control. I do however love YouVersion bible app and have really benefited from a few reading plans. It’s really nice because I can do the daily reading while nursing Archer in the morning or night and the phone is easy to hold.

Weee instagram! Sooo excited you’re on it!

Granddad and I got one in April. We love it. I have a 4 so call to let us visit with the girls.

Haha! Oh I hear ya! I’ve always just gotten the free phones until this last time when Christopher wanted a smart phone and it was a “buy one get one free” deal. So I just took the second one. It’s funny though ’cause it’s a nice phone, but I don’t pay for any of the extras on it so really all it does is call and text. 😉 But it’s a pretty phone, haha!

I totally just got my first iPhone on Saturday! 🙂 I’m loving it, but there are so many features I have yet to master, and I’m a Mac girl all the way, so I thought it would be like a cakewalk. At any rate, I’m learning and loving it. I had just been s ucking it up with my old Blackberry that did the same as your old phone, but Handsome got mad at my phone when he called from Iraq and I didn’t find out about it until a day later. “That phone is done. I mean it.” (Exact words) So… Verizon informed me that my $100 credit for New Every Two would be eliminated in September (the program is being eliminated), and they were running a Father’s Day bundle special, so we jumped. I like getting my phones for free, but for a phone that works, it’s worth it. I’m learning about all the cool apps, so please post when you find awesome ones! 🙂

Snowflakes2Hotcakes (a frequent reader and lazy commenter)

Fun! Getting fancy phones with internet is probably #1 on our when-we’re-out-of-debt list. We paid for our phones because our provider’s free phones are awful and flimsy looking. But all they do is call/text so we don’t have any extra monthly fees. Like you, we don’t have a home phone, so we wanted to have reliable cell phones.

Awesome!! 🙂 Welcome to the iPhone world. I just joined recently too. My hubby insisted that I get one and I’m so glad he did. He always knows best when it comes to technology. I LOVE my phone…except that it seems to chew through battery power fairly quickly. But that’s Ok. I have my nifty charging cradle plugged right into my computer. Enjoy your new toy!


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