Sunday, November 15, 2009
My cell phone contract is about up so I need a new phone and a new *Depression-friendly* plan.
Was in the Verizon store the other day and saw that Blackberrys were down to $49! That's what I planned on buying, finally. But the data plans still seem to be a bit of a rip, for my needs anyway.
I also noticed some new-fangled phone they had - the Droid - or something. I went over and tried to fiddle with it but I had no idea what I was doing: the menus read as Greek, couldn't get the keyboard out, etc. You see, since I went cheap on the cell phones for the last two contracts (4 years total), I've become pitifully out-of-touch on the latest cell technology.
I ended up walking out of the store a bit frustrated; I was going to have to do some research.
My wife and I have 700 minutes of *whatever* calls on our family plan. But she uses her work Blackberry for most everything - and with my kids monopolizing me, I no longer have time to spend on the phone. Heck, I have a hard time just responding to text messages!
So we are only using 200-300 minutes each month. The problem is, Verizon doesn't really offer any family plans for less than 700 minutes.
A friend of mine, who's similarly busy with his kid, has gone the *pre-paid* route. He's done the math and I don't question the economics of his selection. The downside is, I believe, the reception he gets is pretty weak. Most of my calls, of consequence anyway, are very long distance so I'm not too eager to turn every conversation into a Tony Sopranos-to-Pine Barrens situation!
I do need, er, I would like to have access to my email when out of the house. But $90 a month for just my Blackberry is, pro rata, more then double what we pay now, and seems a bit pricey.
Enter the wild card pictured atop - the iPod Touch.
My MIL just gave one to my wife.
After strenuous research, I've discovered that it can send and receive email for free, so long as it finds a Wifi network.
So maybe I'll get an el cheapo prepaid phone and try to make do with the iPod Touch?
I just don't know. This will take a couple hours of research - hours that I don't have to spare.
Honestly, I wasn't even sure that the iPod Touch thingy would work on a PC (non-Apple) - I had to Google it!
What I really need is my kids to get a bit older, if only so they can keep me young - and configure my gadgets.