I'm feeling pressure.
Pressure that could result in an expenditure of money.
Lots of money, but I'm fighting valiantly against the forces.
Should I join the large ranks of the "smart?" Or should I stay contentedly "dumb?"
We can't find any trace of paperwork for it anymore.
It's so old that it doesn't even show up on any cell phone trade lists. Anywhere.
It's not worth anything and nobody wants it.
Except for me. Apparently I'm sort of sentimentally attached to it.
Two incidents happened yesterday that got me thinking about this "smart" versus "dumb" phone debate.
First, I saw this conversation thread on Facebook, initiated by my daughter Rachel:
Rachel: Going to get a new phone today...it's absolutely ridiculous how excited I am over this. :)
Jennifer: Counting down the months till I can get a new one...so I feel ya.
Rachel: I wasn't due till February but I called last night and talked them into an early upgrade since the speaker in mine blew.
Jennifer: I'm not due till June...Grrr
Greg: I know how you feel...it's kind of like Christmas in December...
Rachel: Greg, who are you thru?
Jennifer: AT&T...thinking about switching tho once the contract is up
Rachel: We're with Verizon. They're all a rip off with their prices really. They tried talking me into some "edge" program where you can upgrade every 6 months. Think AT&T has one too. But you pay the full price for the phone over 24 months.
Jennifer: Yea that is stupid.
Pamela: republicwireless.com, best program
Jennifer: What phone did you get?
Rachel: Samsung galaxy note :)
Jennifer: That's a pretty big phone lol. How do you like it?
Rachel: It is big but I really like it so far.
Rachel: It does a lot of cool stuff lol.
Greg: That is the phone I want to get...looks very cool
I'm feeling left out. Never ever have I felt any feeling of excitement over a new phone. In fact, my husband reminded me that he had to talk me into my current phone years ago.
Then later in the day, we went out for dinner. As my husband was paying the bill at the counter, he called me over. Sitting there on the counter was a bucket for collection of old cell phones and other small electronics. His comment: "Look Jilly, there are phones in there more updated than the one you're still using."
So what's really wrong with my phone?
First, let's examine why it's a good phone.
For one, it just won't die. It's ancient and just keeps doing what I need it to do.
I only need to charge it once a week. I see the others in my household charging theirs every day.
It doesn't require that internet payment each month that "smart" phones do.
I don't have to learn a whole new system.
Now, let's look at the down sides of keeping my old phone.
Well, for one, the 7-8-9 key on the face of the phone has fallen out several times now. However, each time I've easily snapped it back in.
And secondly, some of the letters on the inside keypad are worn off. Not really a big deal for me, though.
And finally, all of my grown-up-and-responsible-and-smart-adult children are making fun of me. Probably my grandchildren will soon be, too.
Somehow I think the writing's on the wall, but I want somebody else to read it.
Perhaps Santa will make the decision for me so that I won't have to.
In the meantime, I'll stay in the land of the dinosaurs.