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new phone?
jared huh
My current cell phone is a little over four years old, and not smart in any fashion.  It is starting to have battery issues, but as long as I keep it charged it works just fine.  Really, I've never been super attached to the whole cell phone thing, if I'm not expecting a call on a weekend I've been known to leave it on my bedside table all day.  If I don't hear it ring while I'm driving, I don't always think to check it at the destination so it may be a while before I get back to you.

Except now, with this whole looking for work thing, I need to change my habits.  I need to get better about checking the phone if I couldn't hear it anytime between 8a-6p on weekdays.  And people seem flabbergasted that if I'm not at home at my desk I'm not checking my email.  And living here only magnifies the issue.

So I'm thinking about getting a new phone.  I plan to stick with Verizon, in fact if my boyfriend and I combine plans it'll save us $10 a month.  But I'm still reluctant.  I've liked not having a smart phone, not getting my email everywhere, staying slightly disconnected from the crazy timesuck that glowing screens can be.  (I'm not that old, but this is one of those topics that brings out "those whippersnappers vs. my lawn" kind of feelings.[It's in the same neighborhood of why I don't have a FB account.])

Opinions, suggestions, recommendations, silly stories about that one time with your Aunt that vaguely relate?
I have no idea why this seems like such a big deal.

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After I got a cell phone, I wondered how I survived so long without a cell phone.

After I got a smartphone, I wondered how I survived so long without a smartphone.

It's true that you do sort of feel compelled to check check check everything all the time since you CAN, but that can be very useful! Maybe you can get a very limited one with not much of a data plan so you can see whether you have uses for it that outweigh the inconvenience of convenience. Having Google Calendar and Google Maps on your phone alone is worth it.

Do they even sell dumbphones anymore? They certainly don't advertise them! They probably hide them in the back of the store.

I remember still having a pager in 2006 or so and freaking everyone out.

If I get on I'll share data with J (much less expensive than my own plan), but maybe I'll just limit myself. I have realized that being able to check my own email at temp gigs without logging onto temp computers would in fact be super handy.

So it's time to research phones and figure out what I want.

It's very possible to have a smartphone and not get totally sucked in. I checked on Verizon's website to see how much data we use and it's *miniscule* (which sucks because we're paying for Unlimited, because we got grandfathered in when they changed systems - now paying to have less would cost as much or more.) You don't have to have a million apps, or check your email on your phone every five minutes, or send pics of every meal you eat to Facebook.

The one thing I love about my phone that I didn't have on my old one is being able to set ringtones for different people- so I know whether or not it's important enough to answer, or if I can ignore it if I'm doing something else. Also now that I'm starting to use my Google Voice number, I can set different v/m messages for different numbers, and send certain numbers direct to v/m - which shows up as a transcribed email in my inbox so I don't have to actually call v/m (the transcription isn't great, but I can usually get the gist.) Also I love the GPS, and certain apps like the one that tells me where the food trucks are, and the LJ and Meetup apps.

My husband has little use for his phone either, and only carries one because I insist - until he gets a gf and wants to be texting all the time ;)

Yeah, J was just checking his data usage and it's tiny, and I'll be able to jump in to his stream. I don't think I'm going to be the person with thousands of apps or anything, I just liked being able to be off grid.

At the same time, we've used google maps on J's phone many a time, and I've wished I had it several times. I'm sure I will find useful things in all the stuff, it'll just take some time.

Heh, I know the phone is useful, and after four years it is time to update, I'm just dragging my heels. It's time to do some research I think.

You never know, maybe you'll like it and end up texting obsessively :D When you work with numbers all day, sometimes outside entertainment is necessary!

A handy way (if you have the willpower, which you probably do) to avoid the constant-connection is to not set push notifications. So you can have your email only check itself hourly, or less, or differently during business days-hours and off-hours. So you'd still get email more frequently than just at-home-at-desk but not the constant pinging every actual moment someone sends you something. Also, I am going to broken-record at you about having google maps all the time being the Best Thing Ever. (This may not be applicable, but also for me, access to certain sports scores all the time has also been...good. Or bad, depending on how you think about it.)

Oh, the push notification thing is nifty and awesome, and I didn't realize it was even an option. I think most of my friends have notifications set for every email instantly which is what I thought I'd get, if I can do every two hours or something instead that's much more palatable.

I know google maps would be handy, I've bemoaned not having it once or twice. Sports scores could be dangerous, but at least I wouldn't be spoiled for things.

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