I finally got a chance to activate my new cell phone last night. My old one had been dying a slow and painful death for a few months now – the speakerphone stopped working, then the alarm, then the ringer quit, and finally the screen started flickering ominously. So I ordered a new one for free, thanks to Verizon’s ‘new every two’ dealie and company discounts.
When did I become that person who abhors the thought of extra features in a gadget? I’m not some fuddy duddy – I grew up with computers, dammit! I could program a VCR when I was 2! And I eagerly gave up said VCR with the introduction of DVD’s and TiVo. And yet… this phone… it has SO MANY BUTTONS.
I don’t need a camera in my phone – I deliberately purchased a digital camera that is small enough for me to carry it everywhere. I also don’t need it to play music, because hello, iPod. And why on earth would I need it to play news and music video clips?? Isn’t that what a TELEVISION is for? I need my phone to be a PHONE. To make PHONE CALLS.
I guess I shouldn’t complain, because it was free. And I could have actually gotten a phone without so many features (also for free) but the reviews indicated that those cheaper (retail price because remember, free) phones were also cheaper quality and if there is one thing I can’t stand it is not being able to hear anyone while on my phone. Because in addition to being a technology hating old bag, I am also apparently HARD OF HEARING.