Yes, I finally broke down and bought a smartphone. In my case, it’s an Alcatel Evolve2 that I picked up from Wal-Mart for ∅49.99, plus taxes.
For service, I went with the ∅60 per month plan from Metro PCS – that’s the one where “unlimited” really means unlimited.
One of the reasons I did this was that my flip-phones from Tracfone would lose service in the middle of Albuquerque. And this with three, four bars for signal showing on the top of the screen. I can understand that sort of thing happening in the middle of the Gila or on McGregor Range, but in the middle of a city with a population of 500,000 and change?!
But the real reason I made the jump is that more and more, the damn smartphones are becoming an integral part of American life. In five years, I expect that anyone without one will be in the same boat as someone who doesn’t have internet access today.
For what it’s worth, I thought I was getting the 4G LTE model, but this one seems to be 3G instead. Still, it does what I need it to do – make phone calls, send and receive text messages, let me skim through Facebook and Google Plus, skim email titles, do some occasional web browsing.
Still, it’s a pig when it comes to power consumption — even when in “idle” mode, the battery depletes within a day or two. Maybe I need to adjust my settings.
Another upside is that I’m ready to blow off commercial radio and leave the CDs at home, now that I’ve installed iHeartRadio on it.
Finally, I will be extremely pissed if anyone installs any of these asinine games – the casino stuff, Farmville, Candy Crush – on it.
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