My cellphone is not smart.
It’s a Samsung E1310B, over six years old, but it gives all the service I need. It doesn’t take photos or connect to the internet. I have a camera, a p.c., and a tablet for those services. However my cellphone does currently present two dilemmas.
It’s a 2G phone, and Vodafone has announced they intend to withdraw support from 2G phones. They will keep the 2G network running until 2025, but only to support machines such as smart electricity meters which send back meter-readings over the cellphone network. They will “retire 2G handsets and turn off voice services” prior to that, with timing yet to be confirmed. When it happens I will need to buy a new cellphone, maybe even a smartphone. How will I decide on the best option?
My second dilemma is when to turn my phone on. I’ve always considered it to be for emergencies only, e.g. running late for a lunch date. If I give my number to anyone I warn them that my phone may be switched on less than weekly. This was fine when I spent most weekdays in an office, easily accessibly by landline. These days I’m out and about much more, and more inclined to need the cellphone. It seems to be a case of all or nothing. Either I continue as I have in the past, or I make my number freely available, keep my phone constantly switched on, and (horrors) have to charge it more than once a month.
Does anyone else exist without a constantly alert cellphone (apart from my spouse)? The question is who is the phone for? For me, or for those who wish to contact me? Surely it’s primarily for my convenience, and therefore only to be switched on when I require it?
“I do not want to be on call
available to one and all.”