I was on the phone with Rogers for two hours yesterday. No big issues, I just wanted to rebuild my cable, phone and cell packages. That took time. When we got to my cell package, she pointed out that after 4 years with the same phone, I was long overdue for an upgrade. She clicked some keys and told me all I had to do was go to any Rogers store and pick out my new phone. Since I had an opening in my calendar...I headed out.
As I walked in the Rogers store, the memories flooded back. I remember having to sell phone packages when I briefly worked at Radio Shack. (Although I don't think I was ever so sullen as these pointy-gelled chaps...) The one who lost the bet finally grunted my way. I showed him my bill and said I was here for a new phone. "The shipment won't be in for another hour. There's a restaurant next door if you want to wait." I looked around at the rows and rows of gleaming cell phones, polished Blackberries and various other marvels of modern communication. "You mean to tell me, you have absolutely no cell phones in this cell phone store?" Seems I had asked a very puzzling question. "We have lots. Just no iPhone 4's." Just as he said that, the door opened and a baggy-pantser yells in: "iPhone 4's in yet?" (All: No!)
Once it was established that I wasn't one of "them", I suddenly had his attention. After I'd explained my useage, he pointed out that for the same price I could go to a Blackberry. (Gulp - It's come to this... I didn't want a Blackberry. I have a grudge against them. Silly perhaps, but I think future historians will see them as a major contributor to the breakdown of civilization. Blackberries and their ilk make it easier than it's ever been to plan and carry on nefarious activities right out in the open...but I digress.)
He pointed out the options, the plans, the costs. He was right. After the initial costs, the monthly fee would be the same for a Blackberry Curve as it was for my old brick phone. It also helps that I don't want access to the 'net on my phone. That's a major bump, so I'll just have to wait until I get home to watch the latest clip of a skateboarder skidding down cement steps on his face - caught on an iPhone 4.
(DAMN this waiting!...)