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Dumb Phone

14 Jun

About a month ago my uncle brought me my John’s phone from Holland. Since then I find myself getting over an addiction I didn’t think I had to my iPhone. The John’s phone can only make and receive calls, no apps, no texting or voicemail. Some people have dubbed it a “dumb phone” rather than a smart phone. The first couple weeks I was itching to check whatever app but now I find it nice that I can check e-mail when I like and get my twitter updates when I’m on my computer, which is most of the time anyways.

The one thing I miss most is the calendar and note app, as I’d normally write down names of photographers or something I see in a magazine at the bookstore, but now I can be more self reliant and use a day planner I bought last year for homework and physically writing down dates as well as a small notebook for the things that I want to remember. Relying more on myself for such things rather than my phone to do it for me. Another thing that I’ve had to get used to is wearing a watch. I haven’t had to wear a wrist watch for nearly a decade as I’ve had a cellphone about that long and they all had the time on them. The John’s phone has no clock on it, so I’ve gone out and gotten myself a watch.

The nice things about this watch is it’s small, different with the wrap around band and my favourite colour. It’s from American Eagle and being someone who doesn’t like to show off brands, I like that the only thing that shows it’s brand is the logo in the 12 spot. It’s subtle and nothing over bearing that has the company name all over it.

The main reason I switched phones was because I can’t afford the iPhone bill I get gouged with every month. $100+ a month is ridiculous for a phone I really hardly ever use to it’s full capacity. Where as now, it’s nice that if you want to talk to me, you have to actually phone me, and catch me as you can’t leave a message. I suppose it could be seen as inconvenient, but that’s one thing I like about it.

Apart from money I wanted a way to disconnect. No chime telling me I’ve got a new email that I felt like I had to look at straight away or it would bug me. Text messaging is convenient but I like hearing people’s voices, especially when at school as it makes it feel like I’m not so far from home (even though it’s only physically 3 hours.)

So, until I get a job where I have to be on call all the time, and maybe I can rig it so I don’t have to be on call all the time, the iPhone 3G can sit in it’s box waiting until I have to reconnect and be fully immersed into the always on the go mentality and lifestyle.

John's Phone

4 Apr

After a conversation in class and looking at my monthly phone bills for a phone I hardly really use, I’ve been thinking of “downgrading” from my iPhone 3G. I’m sure I’ve already startled a few of you already but as a student with no job, paying off a bill upwards of $100 a month is kinda crazy. I don’t have the type of job yet (if I’m ever in that position) to really need the instant updates that the iPhone has.

I usually have my computer with me, or am on my computer so I’m starting to question why I need a cell phone that brings me my email, twitter and all the rest right when I need it. So I’ve been looking at this phone I’ve seen a while back called the John’s Phone. It’s a phone that only and I mean ONLY makes phone calls. That is it.

In my looking in downgrading, all the phones have things I don’t really want, which is starting to become practically everything. I hardly text, get voicemail etc etc etc… The only thing I might want is the camera, but I don’t really use the one on my phone that much right now anyways. Plus, not having a camera on my phone might make me carry around a proper camera more, as one should.

Talking to one of my technophobe friends, this phone would be perfect for her as trying to find a phone that just makes and gets calls is almost impossible you always have to get one with features you’ll never use. The John’s phone gives you just the utter basics. Not many people know or would probably buy this thing, but I’m honestly considering it if I can get it working here in Canada. The phone is “jailbroken” so it can work anywhere with most any SIM card. It has a battery life of 3 WEEKS on standby. Try getting any smart phone to last that long. Plus it looks pretty. I would (of course) get the orange one. I think it would be quite a conversation starter.

The phone also comes in black, white, pink, brown, green and gold. The other functions are on/lock/off, ringer/no ringer and the volume control. There is a display at the top that acts as display for the number you are inputting as well as the numbers that are incoming. The other sweet feature is the contact book. At the back of the phone there is space for a little physical contact book where you write down the numbers. The phone also has a slot with a pen in it to put in those important contacts.

I emailed my uncle in Holland to have a look for them, as he’s coming this May and if he can get one there, it would make shipping it an the like much less of a headache. Though, I haven’t seen the orange one on any of the partner sites it is being sold to, but maybe if it’s found directly from the source, they might have orange. It is the national colour! So, here’s hoping.