Thursday, September 20, 2012

update to lost phone woes

*see footnote
it has been very close to 1 month since i lost my iphone. i have had quite the character building experience. there have been unlimited instances where i'm sitting at a restaurant with 3 other people and each one is immersed in their phone, except me. they are either checking in, reading updates, playing games, or something that they have learned to do in the few minutes of downtime between ordering and the food arriving.
i sit and look at the wall, or people watch. sometimes i have enough time to get lost in thought, something that happens less and less these days due to the constant availability of smartphones. at first it was painful, but i have grown to appreciate the mini break.

i still have an ipad with 3g service, so if i'm on the go and need directions to a location, i can still access that. i also have the ability to email, send texts to other ios devices, check my social networks et al. the ipad is clunky though, so i don't pull it out when i'm in line at the coffee shop, or if i'm waiting for the bus.

there are a few things that i greatly miss about having an iphone -

photos: the iphone camera is the best point and shoot camera i've ever owned, not to mention the best video camera i've ever owned. taking pics, sending them to friends, blogs, social networks has been completely removed from my life.

music: my iphone was always loaded with the latest and greatest of my music library. i'd wear earbuds just to walk to the corner. i don't have the same habit with my ipod classic. it just isn't an extension of my body as the iphone was.

what could be the worst part about the whole situation is the fact that i still pay $87/month for verizon phone service. when i connected the blackberry to my line the rep told me that this smartphone requires a data plan, so my bill did not change. this kills me on a level of principle. i consume far less data, minutes, and sms messages simply because my device is so janky, yet i pay the same price as before. i plan to call back and beg to remove the data to this phone, as i've deemed it completely useless.

so what is my next move? i have no idea. buying an iphone 4 from verizon will run me $550. buying an iphone 5 will run me $750. the iphone5 will be in the public's hands tomorrow. this means that hopefully a slew of iphone 4 and 4s's will appear on craigslist and or ebay, as buying new is completely absurd. as of now iphone 4 on the used market is a bit over $200, and the 4s a bit over $300.

for now i will continue to enjoy the quiet downtimes that are normally used to stare at the small screen in my pocket, though i know that those days are numbered.

*the pic makes me happy, so that's why it is there.


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