Those who know me well will likely faint when they read these words — I have a smartphone. They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse for being a loyal customer — a free upgrade phone and I’ll be paying less per month.
I’d been offered a free upgrade before, but it would’ve come with a higher monthly bill so I always refused, but I couldn’t quite see how I could refuse this deal. My peers have made fun of me over the years for still having my original basic cell phone. I kept saying I didn’t WANT a smartphone — I didn’t want to be constantly connected. To me a phone is a phone, my computer is a computer and my camera is a camera.
So even though I have all those bells and whistles on my new iPhone, I will still likely use my camera to take photos and my computer to get online — most of the time anyway. Before my smartphone I did have an iPad Mini — a sales contest reward that I won/earned. So I really thought I didn’t need a smartphone. The only motivation for me to get one was my growing frustration that my texting inbox got filled up too quickly, causing me to have to delete messages constantly so I could receive more. (And there were some I wanted to keep).
So the loyal customer offer has me finally joining the smartphone nation — late out of the gate, as usual. I am just not one to get all excited about the latest gadgets and widgets.
Because I was switching from what I affectionately called a “dumb phone” to a smartphone, the phone techs suggested that I go to a store to have them switch my contacts over. Especially after I said, “Um, I don’t know” when they asked me if I had backed up my contacts. (But I did get kudos for owning an iPad Mini. I was ahead of the game, they told me).