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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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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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