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Ok. I think it’s time.

November 9th, 2009 by Conductor


While it still works, the battery life and coverage on my venerable Sony CM-Z100 Cell phone make it pretty much useless to actually take anywhere. Plus, for some reason call forwarding is disabled on my plan.

So I checked the Sprint website to make sure I’m not in contract or anything…

“Sprint Subscriber Agreement: Expired on 06/12/1999”

Yeah, looks like I’m clear on the contract thing.

Oh, here’s ye olde cell phone, BTW:

Yes, I've had it for 10 years...

Yes, I've had it for 10 years...

So now the questions are what to replace it with and on which carrier.

T-Mobile’s out right off the bat. They don’t work indoors.
Verizon’s a possibility, but I don’t care for their nickel & dime pricing for everything. Their Wireless broadband is good, but their phone selection and feature lockdown practices are a huge turnoff.

AT&T I’m familiar with, but their 3G network is abysmal where I work, and their wireless broadband is good but not cheap.

Sticking with Sprint is an option, but their phone selection’s also pretty bad, and they’re also pretty bad in terms of locking down/out features on phones. Their coverage at my job is not very good either, despite being CDMA like Verizon. It’s all about the cell towers, I suppose.

Complicating issues somewhat is the main reason I’ve held onto the old phone for so long. The form factor. The Z100 fits in my hand, pocket, backpack and the little pouch on my cue holder just about perfectly. I want to get something that fits as well if not better. I also love the scroll wheel on it, which has been superseded by trackballs, buttons and scroll pads, none of which I’ve found to be very good on the phones I’ve tried.

As you can tell, I’m very picky about what I want from a cell phone.

Flip phones are out. I just don’t like them – never have, although that one they tried making look like the Star Trek:TOS communicator was a cool idea that came too soon.

Candy bar phones are closer to what I want but too narrow and long.

Don’t particularly want a slider phone either.  I’ve played with a few, but they don’t go far enough.

Ironically,  the only things that come close for me are Blackberries. The Curve, and to a lesser extent the Bold.

The ironic part is that I hate… no, I despise the always reachable concept that the Blackberry embodies all too well.

It’s contributed in the worst way to the idea that being reachable 24/7  is a good idea for people.

It isn’t; it just allows businesses to squeeze more work out of their employees, often without compensation.  Not that all businesses would abuse their employees loyalties like that, but the temptation to milk productivity for no monetary cost has to be a powerful one, and a practice one could all to easily fall into.

Downtime is critical, possibly moreso than ever now that it’s so easy to just keep working until you can’t focus or fall asleep.

But enough ranting about bad business practices, I need a new cell phone.

Suggestions?


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