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Aug. 24th, 2003

After my voice lesson today I swung by the South Shore Mall -- I needed to return a couple of shirts and wanted to buy a couple more. While I was there, I figured I'd call bitty and bubblebabble to see if they wanted to do anything, since I was in their neck of the woods. They weren't home, so I left a message and proceeded to shop.

While I was paying for my goods[1], my phone buzzed to let me know I had voicemail. I am sick and tired of my calls going straight to voicemail, so I decided to march directly to the Verizon store and buy a new phone. I walked into the store and asked, "What is your top-of-the-line phone?"

That was a mistake. The salesman proceeded to show me phones that had downloadable ringtones, video games (like Tiger Woods Golf, which he made a point of showing off), screensavers...all the while assuring me that these were the best phones. It never occurred to me that the current market's definition of "best" phone is that which has the most ringtones, coolest video games, full-color displays, funky screensavers, etc. Whatever happened to using a phone as a phone?

So, now I have Tiger Woods Golf, but I can't make a phone call without the call cutting out several times. I actually took the phone back after dinner with bitty and bubblebabble; the Verizon people inspected it, reprogrammed it, but couldn't find anything wrong with it. I left the store, thinking they'd fixed the problem when they reprogrammed the phone, only to find I still couldn't complete a call.

When I got home and fiddled with the phone for a little bit, I figured out the problem. My old phone is the Motorola StarTAC. Great phone until it finally gave out! It is a flip phone, but the phone has to be almost completely closed before it will disconnect your call. This new phone is the LG VX4400, which is also a flip phone. The slightest jiggle of the phone will make it think you are hanging up. I did end up having two long phone conversations tonight -- one with my sister and another with my friend Ndiege -- but this was only accomplished by pressing the phone hard against my ear so it wouldn't jiggle, and even so I still hung up on Indy once and on Cathy about 5 or 6 times.

I am going to return the new phone tomorrow. I will explain to them that I couldn't care less about ringtones, video games, photo phones (that's why I have a digital camera...those camera phones have shitty resolution anyway), web-enabled phones (again, this is why I have a wireless laptop), screensavers, backgrounds, etc. This phone is my only phone, in addition to being my business phone. I need to be able to receive phone calls reliably, with a strong signal and without the fear of hanging up on clients or missing important calls. I will explain that I am willing to spend money to get what I need out of a phone, but that my money better ensure that I satisfy my phoning needs, not simply pay for gimmicks. And I will buy a brand that I've heard of and trust. No more LG or whatever: I will most likely buy a Motorola.

[1] The surest sign that I am becoming old: I was excited about my purchases at Filene's today. What did I buy? Boxers and socks.


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Aug. 24th, 2003 04:38 am (UTC)
And I will buy a brand that I've heard of and trust. No more LG or whatever: I will most likely buy a Motorola.

I don't know if VZW still sells it, but I'm quite happy with my LG TM510. It is your basic, run of the mill flip phone. No games, no gimmicks (ok, it does have a horrible scheduling app, and some wireless web crap I've never used), just a nice, small phone. I've used^H^H^H^Habused it for about 3 years now, and the only problem I've had was with the original battery, which VZW replaced no questions asked.

FWIW, my experience has been that the newer Motorola phones are nowhere near as good as the older ones; like many companies they've abandoned quality in favor of flashy features and cutting corners.
Aug. 24th, 2003 04:56 am (UTC)
Right now I'm leaning towards the Motorola V60i. Any thoughts on it?
Aug. 24th, 2003 05:00 am (UTC)
Not really, I don't think that model was available when I was last looking for a phone. It looks very similar to the phone I have, except from Motorola instead of LG.
Aug. 24th, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)
Honey, you've been unhinged since I met you.
Aug. 24th, 2003 02:42 pm (UTC)
motorola v60i
I have one, solid little phone. Low on spiffy extras, but works well as a phone (in fact, I can talk in our building's elevator with no problems). I really like flip phones, though, so I may be biased.
Aug. 24th, 2003 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: motorola v60i
See this is what I want in a phone. I don't need spiffy extras. I want a strong reliable signal, and I like the flip phones. Thanks.
Aug. 24th, 2003 02:58 pm (UTC)
celling out
Just avoid Ericsson. No, really. Even if it's free. Don't Go There.
Aug. 25th, 2003 08:21 pm (UTC)
As Cathy can tell you, I refuse to listen to voice mail or to read the text garbage that people send me. If the device doesn't function as a phone, I don't want to bother carrying it or paying the outrageous fees the companies are charging. And I'm almost ready to do without, as it is.
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