Over the past two weeks my cell phone has taken to freezing up. It rarely tells me when it decides to go on strike. 😦 I really like my phone and it saddens me to have to get rid of it. I need a phone that will consistently work as my cell is my primary phone number.
Currently I have a HTC Touch. An ancient phone but it did all the things I need a phone to do; talk, text and has a calendar function which puts my next calendar entry on the home screen.
Isn’t it lovely?
The only problem I had with it is the lack of keyboard. The virtual keyboard keys were tiny. They are designed to be used with the stylus that came with the phone. I don’t have data on the phone although it is possible to get a plan with it. I was hoping it would last me until my Rogers contract is up in February 2012.
Saturday was a frustrating day as my phone was giving me more problems than usual. It was telling me that the time to say good-bye was coming sooner than I would like. I have been shopping around looking at different cell providers since we have a tonne of them now. 🙂
I thought about just buying a phone out right so that I could get through the remainder of my current contract but the store I was in did not have anything that I would consider affordable. I called a few friends and one was able to loan me an old Blackberry with roller scroller issues. He scolded me for not having a data plan as a Blackberry without the ability to BBM or browsing was just a waste in his opinion.
Maybe it’s just me, but I am not yet convinced I need to get my emails on my phone. Plus I hear through the grapevine that once you get data you never go back.
On my way to pick up the old BB, I called Rogers to see what they could do for me. The gentleman in Customer Retention offered me a sweet deal. That included everything I wanted, unlimited text messaging, unlimited incoming calls, 200 daytime minutes and my evenings begin at 6 pm. Then he offered me data for an additional $20/month.
Here’s where the trouble starts. I
am was actually considering it. I don’t need data. It is very much a nice to have. The phones that Rogers is offering me for free all have to have a data plan. I was leaning towards a Blackberry (gotta support my Canadian companies) but I am not convinced I need to get the latest and greatest one. I saw one in the store I was in for $250. And now I think that might be the better way to go. I can still get BBM but no unnecessary expensive monthly data plan.
I used to be the kind of girl who would change cell phones every year. There was always something newer, better, prettier. Lately I find that new gadgets don’t hold the same allure they once did. Hence my predicament now.
I would love an Android phone but there are not many of them that come with a real keyboard. The only one that appeals to me is the Sony Xperia Mini Pro. I like the new Blackberry Bold and Torch, the idea of touch and a keyboard is very appealing, but the cost is too high. I love my old Windows Mobile platform. I like HTC brand phones, but Rogers only carries one and it doesn’t have a keyboard and would require that I take a data plan. Then there is the new iPhone 4S … a total splurge. It actually looks quite enticing. When did life get so complicated?
I need to make a decision sooner rather than later. Any thoughts?