Texting – something I resisted for a long time (I also resisted DVD’s and cell phones for a long time – you know – new fangled things – Yikes!). I’m not really fond of talking on the phone a lot, but I figured that was better than trying to type messages on a number/letter pad where I had to click the button two or three times to get the right letter.
When I was forced to text to answer someone else, I would spend more time clearing the wrong letters than actually typing messages. It was exhausting! Plus, I would have to pay more money to get texting added to my cell phone account. No way!
Then something wonderful happened!
Cell phones were invented that had qwerty keyboards attached.
Now, that I could deal with. I had typed on a qwerty keyboard all my life – the old typewriter I used in high school, the cool electric typewriter that came into my life several years later, and now the computer that I use all the time for work and play. When it came time for me to get a new cell phone, I was finally ready to “move up” to a cell phone with a qwerty keyboard and an account that included texting. Woo! Hoo!
But wait! My cell phone provider said that, if I wanted to buy a cell phone with a qwerty keyboard, I would have to buy the full texting package for an additional $15 a month. I couldn’t just buy the small texting package for $5 a month. What?!?!?!?? No way!
I became angry and obstinate. And when a 60-year-old woman gets angry and obstinate – watch out!
I returned the phone I had bought from my cell phone carrier – the one without the qwerty keyboard that I hadn’t really wanted and was way over-priced (aren’t they all, anyway). I went to Wally-world, bought a cheap go-phone, and put my sim card in that.
Then Wally-world introduced a cell phone account with unlimited talking and texting. There’s no annual contract to deal with, and I could get a great qwerty cell phone! It’s less expensive than my other account with limited talking, and it’s “much” less expensive than the cost of my other account with limited talking and the texting package I would have been forced to buy. Woo! Hoo! – again.
And now I have this great new qwerty keyboard cell phone, and I’m paying less money, and I’m texting. Wow! I have really moved into the 21st century. (I am so pathetic.) But, here’s my new phone!
With the qwerty keyboard!
By the way (or – in texting – btw), Wally-world isn’t paying me to mention their product. In fact, they don’t even know I exist. Well, they know my email address – I keep getting emails from them, but that doesn’t really count as “knowing” – does it?