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I'm yet another automaton with a cell phone... Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 1:02 AM EST on 8/23/2004
File Under: Misc Tech

I used to be devoutly anti-cell phone. Their use seemed to explode a couple of years ago, and ever since, I've been subjected to the horrors of shitty ringtones in shitty MIDI quality of even shittier pop songs. They go off everywhere -- in class, at the movies, at the library -- they're inescapeable. Add to that the fact that so many people insist on shouting into their phones like the mic is 10 feet away, and you can see why I might have been irritated with cell phones. Then the worst of the worst hit -- those damned infernal Nextel walkie talkie phones. Now I'm stuck hearing both sides of a conversation when I didn't even want to hear one side in the first place! ARGH!

Anyway, I'm now one of them, and have been for about a year. I transferred schools and made lots of new friends -- all of them with long distance cell phone numbers. Like hell I'd want to rack up long distance charges on my room phone all the time. But now that I have a phone, I try to be polite about it. It stays on vibrate, unless under the most dire of circumstances. Additionally, I don't answer it at inapproprate times (I've had people around me answer their phones at work, in class, and at the movies... WHO ANSWERS THEIR PHONE IN THE MIDDLE OF A MOVIE!?) and will often send calls to voicemail if it is interrupting another conversation. (Why should someone on the phone take precedence over someone right in front of me?) I also refuse to scroll through my ringtones in a public area. Fuck that noise.

But none of that is really the point of this post. Besides, cell phone rants have been done to death. The point is that I got a new phone a few days ago. My old contract was a one year one (since I wasn't sure I was even going to like having a phone) so I just got a crappy old phone that would let me make calls, and not much else. I was tempted to get a camera phone this time around (that'd be great for parties at school) but I decided that none of them were particularly good enough yet to make that investment. So, I ended up with the Nokia 3100.

For $50, this is a hell of a phone, and quite an upgrade from my old one (a 6230i? I dunno, something like that [Edit: 6340i]). It's much smaller and lighter, has a color screen, and very usable internet access. I've already racked up 40 cents in internet charges downloading the Invader Zim and Gir wallpapers that I made... I even taught myself WML so I could make my own little private image download site. I can't resist gadgets or web programming languages, so combine the two, and I just can't control myself. I'm a dork, what can I say? I don't think I'll be making much use of the IM or text messaging features, though. I don't understand why I would ever need to send 10 cent messages... I mean, I'm on a cell phone. Why not just call for free?

Oh no, a dilemma! I just checked Cingular.com, and it looks like they have free LG1200 camera phones and $50 Motorola v400 camera phones -- the same price that I paid for my current phone. I'm still within my 15-day grace period to return my phone.... What to do, what to do?

Well, if I come back and post about a new camera phone in a few days, you'll know the answer.


The Nokia 3100

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