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Old 06-04-09, 09:07 PM   #1
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This seems weird...

The more I delve into social networking, eCommerce and internet-based services, the more I disintegrate myself from them.

Earlier this year, I started off with an iPhone backed by a Smartphone Data plan from T-Mobile as well as their text messaging plan and a voice line from our Family Plan. I used the phone to do all of my text messaging (my girlfriend and I talk mostly via text), email, calendar, contacts management, mobile Internet browsing and, of course, Google Maps (which was VERY handy while cycling).

Fast forward to now, and I have my super basic Nokia phone (which I'm replacing for something a bit more stable, but just as vanilla) and sold off my iPod Touch to restore my 5th Generation iPod Video. Since I go to Starbucks a lot less now, I removed my HotSpots plan and swapped it for the 1000 SMS block, so I can talk to my girlfriend a little more normally.

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Old 06-04-09, 09:10 PM   #2
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My daughter sent and received over 18,000 text messages in one month. I find the phone an annoying necessity.
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I know what you mean. I use my phone as a phone. Imagine the look on the face of the salesperson when I went in and asked for phone that is a "really good phone." No text, no internet, just a phone and addressbook. Very simple.
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Old 06-04-09, 09:19 PM   #4
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My daughter sent and received over 18,000 text messages in one month. I find the phone an annoying necessity.
Funny that you mention this; when I received my first phone, it was the absolute most craptastic phone on the planet. Battery life was about half an hour, and placing calls on it was iffy at best.

But it had AIM. That was money for me.

I sent $500 worth of text messages that one month I got my phone taken away, to be re-instated several years later. If I didn't have a girlfriend that texts incessantly, I would probably send close to 50 text messages a month, if that.
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I have several mail accounts that forwarded to my phone. But since I live and work with my girlfriend, I don't do much texting. And since I ride a motorcycle when it's reasonably warm out, it's usually pointless for people to call me.
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That's not that weird. I work on making web apps all day at work, and the last thing I want is to be tethered to email and the internet when I'm not at a computer. The only phone I have is a cell phone that I use ~$10 of pay as you go time on a month (15 cents to text, 25 cents a minutes to talk). I think I can browse the internet from my phone, but I've never tried and doubt I ever will.
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The more I delve into social networking, eCommerce and internet-based services, the more I disintegrate myself from them.

Earlier this year, I started off with an iPhone backed by a Smartphone Data plan from T-Mobile as well as their text messaging plan and a voice line from our Family Plan. I used the phone to do all of my text messaging (my girlfriend and I talk mostly via text), email, calendar, contacts management, mobile Internet browsing and, of course, Google Maps (which was VERY handy while cycling).

Fast forward to now, and I have my super basic Nokia phone (which I'm replacing for something a bit more stable, but just as vanilla) and sold off my iPod Touch to restore my 5th Generation iPod Video. Since I go to Starbucks a lot less now, I removed my HotSpots plan and swapped it for the 1000 SMS block, so I can talk to my girlfriend a little more normally.


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transitive verb
1 : to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles 2 : to destroy the unity or integrity of intransitive verb 1 : to break or separate into constituent elements or parts 2 : to lose unity or integrity by or as if by breaking into parts 3 : to undergo a change in composition <an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity>
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The grammar polizi was going to let that one slide, as I realized he meant disengage.
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