For her birthday last September, Mario asked for an iPhone. With High School just around the corner, I promised her she could have one, but she needed to wait until she was available for an upgrade. That day was January 21.
And every day since then she has begged me to take her. Between my work schedule and her school schedule, and my lack of desire to wait around in a store for hours… we finally picked a time to go.
Yesterday, I sucked it up and took her in.
We were fourth on the list to be helped, so I took a moment to scope out my next phone. I liked the slide-out keyboard with touch screen for $30, similar to the one I have. But today was about her. I could come back later.
She’d already settled on the iPhone 4, because it was only a dollar with her upgrade.
Stop thinking I got off easy. As most of you know, she’s needs the data plan to go with it. $30/month times 12. (times at least 4 more years….) Slightly more than $1 overall.
She became the fourth member of the family to be on the data plan. You guessed it. The 2 members not on the plan are Hubby and me. His phone is even dumber than mine. (It still flips, for goodness sake!)
We listened to Bob as he informed us of the increase in the price of our plan. My ears perked up slightly when he let me know the next person we added would be no additional cost, since we would then switch to a family plan.
He continued talking and figuring while thoughts raced through my head. I could upgrade to a $30 phone with no need for data, or I could upgrade to an iPhone for $1 with no cost for data.
I confirmed my thoughts with Bob when he returned with Mario’s new phone.
20 minutes later we both walked out with our iPhones, She extremely excited about being able to tell her FB friends about her awesome new phone, with her phone. Me with a slightly nervous stomach about whether or not I’d be able to use my phone.
She patiently used our drive home to show me how to turn it on. And call someone. And end the call. She only rolled her eyes at my dumbness a few times. But I made sure to save some of my questions for the boys. I figured if I spread them around, none of them would know how many questions I really need answered.
I can now call, text, and set the alarm. All the things I did with my old phone.
I know how to check my email, but I haven’t done much of that. Some of the joy of my couch time, is the anticipation of checking my mail and reading new blog posts. I’m not ready to give that up by checking my mail throughout the day.
I wonder if all the phone’s gadgets and smartness will be wasted on me. In a way, I kind of hope so. I only got it because it was $1. I didn’t really want it………….
But I kinda like it.