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My New Phone (or How Technology Passed Me By)

We decided that we don’t need our landline any more because we got rid of dial-up internet and got satellite.  OK, fine.  Commence the headache that is phone plan shopping.  After days of  hopping from one mobile phone carrier website to another, and back again many times, we settled on a carrier, and picked out a plan and a phone.  Our criteria was simply to get the most bang for our buck, while staying within the boundaries of our technological expertise.  Do you see where I’m going with this?

We transferred our landline number, which has been my number since 1973, to this new mobile phone.  This is obviously very convenient for us and everyone who calls us.  This will be our primary phone, although Lee does have his own mobile that he keeps with him all the time.  The phone that I chose was free with our plan, always an important consideration.  Being a wise consumer, I sought out reviews of this phone and was pleased to see that not only did it appear to be trouble-free, it is also “a good beginner phone”  “easy to use” “a great phone for kids”.  Just what I need!

Now, I’ve always been fairly technology savvy.  Heck, back in the day, I owned and used a Commodore 64.  Until recent years, I’ve been able to keep up pretty well, programming the VCR, using the features on our various electronic devices, always owned a computer and used it daily.  How did I get so far behind?  I’m sure it’s mostly because we don’t have kids in the house any more.  Secondarily (is that a word?) I seem to be losing brain power as I age.  Or maybe I’ve just lost interest?  Anyway, back to the phone…..

Using this phone has been a somewhat steep learning curve for me.  I’m becoming comfortable with it and all of its features but it’s taken lots of study and trial and error.  It’s easy enough to use the actual phone, but it has so many other features and bells and whistles.  I’m getting the hang of it now 🙂  Lee is not impressed with this pink phone.  He hasn’t  complained a lot about it, but  he has issues with it.  The keys are so tiny that he just can’t use them with his big paws.  Putting his frequently called numbers on speed dial will help him there.  He has to use a pen or pencil to push the buttons on the phone, poor guy.  This isn’t an easy transition for him.

If you call me, don’t be surprised if I lose you or hang up on you.  If you text me, I may take a while to get back to you.  Just give me a few days and I should be up to speed.

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