So...this is my new phone:
Yes. It's an iPhone.
And, no...it doesn't have the QWERTY keypad I was so adamant about having.
But I guess at some point, one simply has to let go of the old technology. When the powers-that-be are intent upon making something obsolete, you eventually have no choice but to go with the flow.
I tried...oh, I tried! I wanted a keypad so badly that I dove headfirst into the Blackberry pool. Only to find that Blackberry has its own proprietary data technology that does not dovetail well with standard cell phone carriers. Bah! Who knew?! After two weeks of relying on bad information from my cell phone carrier and weak promises of "I'm pretty sure we can get it to work!" I had to send the thing back. And at least THAT ended well, as the eBay seller managed to cough up a full refund--which, since there was nothing actually wrong with the phone, was purely out of the goodness of their hearts.
Just as I was wondering which old and possibly soon-obsolete phone I could try next (I had my eye on a five-year-old Nokia model, which had iffy reviews at best...) my cell phone carrier came up with an astounding price on this iPhone 5s. After my "loyalty discount"--the $35 off that Consumer Cellular is offering to old farts needing to shit-can their ancient cell phones--I will pay just $165 for this iPhone. Yes, I know it isn't the latest model, and I couldn't care less. It does everything I need a phone to do, has a better camera than I have EVER had on a phone, and I think I'll be able to get used to texting on the touchscreen. Best of all, I didn't have to shell out $400 for it...which I utterly r.e.f.u.s.e. to pay for a phone.
And there is no real learning curve here, because I've had an iPad for three years, and this thing is just like a teeny-tiny iPad, only it makes phone calls.
So...yeah. I've been dragged into the 20-teens.
But I will miss my solid little rock of a Nokia cell phone...
Old Mill and New Approach
21 hours ago