January 30, 2006
Four Weeks without a Mobile Phone
Four weeks ago my cell phone (provided by Tufts) fell out of my car when running some errands. It took me a few days to notice that it wasn't in any of the usual places and trace back. As it was 2 years old I had no problem coming to terms with the fact that it was gone.
Today I finally got a replacement ordered. When it arrives I will have been without it for four weeks. A few reasons it's taken me so long to get it replaced:
- I have been debating getting my own phone and letting Tufts reclaim the $30/month
- Verizon is a pain to deal with . . . I went to 2 different stores and talked to 3 different people, getting different instructions each time
- I hardly ever use the phone, there was no critical reason to get it replaced
- The phone I really wanted isn't the cheapo, Tufts-allowed phone
Why I finally got around to replacing it:
- Tufts does pay $30/month, whether I have the phone or not (it's a contractual thing)
- Heidi is due to have a baby any day now and I'd like to be reachable
- If I'm out and plans gets messed up I end up having to find a pay phone
- Alerts from our servers were going into the ether - could be *really* bad if something happens and I don't see it immediately
How has it been without a mobile phone? As you can tell I don't use it a ton, or rely on it for critical communication . . . but it has been a pain. I've missed a few important calls because I didn't put the word out. I took a three day trip out west and had to borrow a cell phone, which didn't work so great because none of the numbers I needed were stored. It's also annoying to go places and not be reachable or able to reach others when plans might change on the fly. On the flip-side, it's kind of nice to leave work or home and feel just a tad bit more free. I guess not enough to push for a life without a cell phone.
I am looking forward to having the convenience back, perhaps this time I'll be more careful with it.
Posted by mike at January 30, 2006 2:33 PM