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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

how old is your phone?

I think I have the world's oldest cell phone. My children mock me. Verizon constantly tries to entice me with upgrades. I am not taking the bate. I've watched my kids go through countless phones either because they abuse them and kill them, or because they just become dazzled with the hottest new technology. We are all carefully trained to "need" New Things before we actually need them. The retail world hates people like me.
I've had this phone for almost four years. It's an antique, but it's the best phone I've ever had. I'm on a mission to keep it until it dies a natural death, or becomes so obsolete I can no longer use it for anything but a paperweight.

Lauren has come into a bit of cash, thanks to her grandfather (my Dad), who felt compelled to reward her for her hard work these past four years in college. He didn't realize he was also helping me out quite a lot. Or maybe he did. In any case, this seemed like the perfect time to send her out into the world to open her own phone account. She resisted of course, but with a little bit of creativity and gentle negotiation, she is at the Verizon store at this very moment, taking advantage of my un-needed phone upgrade. In a few minutes she will call me from her very own new phone, making use of her very own minutes. The pool of minutes I've been sharing with her and Rick will suddenly bubble over the edges of its pond, and I will most likely cut it back by at least half, since I really don't like to talk on the phone anyway.

Things are looking pretty good today. Wouldn't this be just about the time the phone gods decide to get mischievous? If my phone poops out now, I'm just out of luck. But I don't think that will happen. I think it will live forever. Maybe I'll set the world record for the Oldest Cell Phone Still In Use. Cheer me on. Or compete with me! How old is your phone?


Francoise said...

I win! For now, at least: I got my phone in june 2003, so it will turn 5 in a few days. And I also intend to keep it until it dumps me.
The phone company sent me several offers over the years: a phone upgrade or a month free. Duh... That's a no-brainer! My good old little phone works fine and looks even better, thanks to a beautiful little Kim cupcake charm!! ;+)

Diosa Domestica De La Locura said...

I still have my original Nokia cell phone from a few years ago, but I don't use it. I'll admit it, I am a technology geek. I put my Razor away to pick up my Chocolate phone again because I like the touch screen. It is funny that I like cell phones so much, since I *hate* talking on the phone at all lol. I'm a texter, plain and simple!

Penny \IiiI

Anonymous said...

OMG I can not beleive son was just making phone of my old phone. Mine was purchased in 2003 but I can not remember exactly when. Anyway, I like it, it works just fine[because I rarely use it]and if it's not broke why fix it?
So, Kim, I will be the other person at 'The Oldest Cell Phone In Use Banquet'. We can share a table.

Michelle (UK) said...

Hi Kim, I got my cell 'phone in June 2002 !! It has WAP on it and everything, just no camera (I believe they even make the tea now !! ;o) I don't use it much, I don't like talking on the 'phone either. Funny, as my Dad was a telephone engineer !! Ah well, the battery is starting to die in it now, every day it seems to need re-charging, even though I haven't used it ! ~ so I guess it will have to be replaced soon. They don't make things to last like they used to, do they !?

Anonymous said...

Kim, my cell phone was purchased in June, 2000. So it is almost 8 years old and still works fine. However, Alltel has just informed me that the technology in this phone will become obsolete on Sept 30. So it looks like I will be buying something new at that point....but not a minute before Sept. 30.


verreM said...

Hi Kim,
The phone my Mom uses dates to 2001. It was my boss's, then mine, then his daughter had it for a bit (said the battery didn't work anymore so he'd get her a new one!) then I got it back and gave it to my Mom who says it works fine! She's 70 and texts up a storm with it! It may not be the oldest but it's probably had the most owners!