Leaping Into The 21st Century

Part of the problem is that the two I liked–and most others–require a two-year contract!  But you get the phone cheaper (like two-thirds cheaper) if you sign the contract. So if I think I like it but don’t, I have to live with it for two years?!

Then, there are some companies who don’t require a contract, sell the phones for a one-time, moderate fee, but it’s unclear (to me anyway) what kind of coverage or technical support I’ll get…more research, more time with Tommy!

Oh, and just to make things interesting, Tommy told me that if I waited a few weeks until the new operating system came out on one of my two top selections, the price on the phone would drop considerably.

He also said that about every 10 months, everything changes in the technology world, so what seems the latest and greatest today may be archaic by then.

It all kind of makes me long for the days before deregulation, the days of one phone company, party lines, and dial phones. Or even the days when a cell phone just sent and received phone calls.

But I am determined to continue this leap into the modern age, so I’ll keep studying the issue until the right solution for me makes itself known.

Are there any Week-Ender readers who can help educate me and other PRB readers who might be tied up in the same gridlock?

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine who also served for 15 years in municipal parks and recreation, is now a full-time photojournalist who lives in Peachtree City, Ga.; he can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email cwo4usmc@comcast.net.

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