But as time went on, I started to see the need for one. Being caught in traffic or running late for appointments made me realize that having a mobile phone might be useful. Plus, it was getting harder and harder to find payphones.
So in the summer of 2008, I stopped being a relic and purchased one. I wasn’t about to pay a lot of money, so I went to a Cricket store in downtown Cincinnati and found a cheapie cell phone.
For less than forty bucks, I purchased a Kyocera mobile phone—model K132. It was blue in color and kind of cute. You could text on it, but it didn’t offer any other features—just your basic cell phone.
While it was cute, it wasn’t a very good phone. Most of the time I had to go outside to make a call—I guess the thing didn’t like the walls in my apartment—and dropped calls became a way of life.
I put up with it for about a year, then decided to upgrade. I purchase a Samsung MyShot cell phone for about double the price I paid for the Kyocera. It even has a camera on it and dropped calls have become a thing of the past.
You know, it’s kind of true. You really do get what you pay for.
(Photo from the Associated Press)