Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Welcome to the 21st Century

We did it, we finally did it. We took the leap and we now have texting as part of our phone plan. Not only do we have texting, we now have Blackberries, so we can surf the web and read e-mail.

Call me old-fashioned, but I was fine with a cell phone that I could use for, well, calls. I didn't even have a camera on my phone.

My husband though, had this obsession that we needed to have texting. Evidently, a number of his friends inquire regularly, "did you get my text". To which, he had to reply, "no, we have texting blocked". This was a source of frustration to him.

So, anyways, if we were going to add texting, then we probably needed phones with a QWERTY keyboard to allow for us newbies to be successful at texting and lest we hurt our fingers hitting the same key multiple times. Once you got in the QWERTY keyboards, most of the phones had HTML browsers, but a few didn't. If we had internet, it only made sense to have HTML browsers (I've never used, nor had the desire to use, the internet on my phone, but I suppose as with anything now that it is readily available and part of my plan, I will use it). Of course, then the question was does the phone have a push e-mail - don't know much here, guess with push that it automatically gets sent to your phone instead of you having to log in to retrieve it.

We wound up going with the Blackberry - for the QWERTY keyboard, the HTML internet browser and the push e-mail. It also had a decent in-store discount (no rebate required). They get you on the accessories though - Car charger, memory card, etc.

I will have to let you know how we like it. I guess I will have to explore the features and things I can do with a phone with texting, I think there is a way to use my phone for Twitter, I want to check out CellFire coupons and more.