Cutting the Cord

Wednesday, August 6th, 2003 @ 3:24 am | My World

MobileTracker:

Wired has an AP article on something most people already knew–the amount of people who have had enough of landlines. According to the article, there are “as many as 7.5 million Americans who have “cut the cord” and gone solo with their cells.”

Funny timing on this article — over the weekend, I decided to join this club myself. For the last few weeks, I’ve been bitching about both the battery life of my cell phone (it drops out during long conversations) and the exceptionally poor sound quality of the landline in my apartment. Finally, I sat down and did some math. I’ve got a year left on my current Verizon Wireless contract. For what I’d spend on landline fees over that time, I could afford to buy a decent used cell phone off eBay.

This time around, I actually researched phones instead of just buying the first cheap thing I could find (like I did after laundering my original cell phone). I settled on buying something from the Motorola v60 series — it seemed like they had the best combination of size, battery life, features, and price available on the Verizon network. I found a decent deal on a v60c. I was originally aiming for a v60i, since it’s compatible with iSync, but I wasn’t able to find an acceptable deal.

Actually, I’ve heard that there’s a way to flash the v60c to a v60i, but I wasn’t able to find any info on Google. Honestly, I don’t know if I’d do it, but since I doubt either Verizon or Motorola would provide support anyhow, I’d at least like to look into it.

By the way, my new dream phone is the SonyEriccson Z600. I’m back on a flip-phone kick and have been really impressed with SonyEriccson‘s offerrings as of late. Maybe Verizon will finally get on board with SE by the time my contract expires.

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