i’m off the grid!!

the trusty brick phone is on its way out. it died for a whole 12 hours yesterday. wouldn't turn on or recharge or make any of its favorite you-have-messages tweety noises. since it's been about 5 years since buying the phone and signing a two-year contract, i think an upgrade is highly overdue. and since i frequently have problems with dropped calls and no signal, and i'm usually "roaming" when simply trying to chat in my own living room, i thought i'd check sprint's coverage before considering renewing with them. this is what i discovered: photographic (sort of) evidence that i live in sprint's who-cares-about-those-guys pocket.

do you see? do you see The Pocket? and that cartoony yellow pushpin is me, in a back room near a window, standing on one foot in case that helps. what the f, sprint? and t-mobile is no better. no android phone in my future, i guess. so i'm deciding between at&t and verizon, who apparently pwned all the towers in my area. only problem is they cost like TWICE what i pay sprint. all i want is unlimited texting for less than the price of my right kidney, is that too much, verizon? this is all the can-you-hear-me-now guys had to say:

Text Messaging
Fun, easy way to stay in touch. TXT Messaging is a two-way text messaging service. (!?!) Send and receive text messages of up to 160 characters, right on your two-way messaging-capable phone!!! $0.20 for messages received and $0.20 for messages sent. [emphatic punctuation added where appropriate.]

i love how verizon feels the need to DEFINE text messaging like they provide service mainly to DINOSAURS.  AND to charge 20 cents for messages coming AND going.

but they have pink phones. in the end, that may be all that matters.

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6 Responses to “i’m off the grid!!”


  1. 1 Dylan January 29, 2009 at 6:29 am

    It's an end of an era, what with your trusty brick phone proving to be untrustworthy at last. That's pretty crazy about the lack of coverage in your area, but I'm sure it's a conspiracy between AT&T and Verizon.

  2. 2 Brian January 29, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I have unlimited texting through Verizon for about $15/month. Since I occasionally send over 1,000 texts, it kind of works out.

  3. 3 Ernie January 29, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    yes i'm getting all nostalgic thinking of moving on from my trusty ppc
    that i got on your good recommendation. and seriously tempted by the
    Pinkberry's low price tag of ZERO DOLLARS (with a contract) and the
    affiliation with our rad new prez. incidentally, ever noticed Mr.
    Burton Guster using my ppc phone during Psych's first season?

  4. 4 Ernie January 29, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    i WISH they were offering such a good deal in my area! looks like the cheapest i can get unlimited texts for is $20/mo on top of the cost of regular service. i agree though, that's not bad considering i am also a fellow texting junkie. main reason i want a qwerty phone.

  5. 5 Matthew J January 31, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I need a new phone as well, but am on my family's plan with verizon and im pretty sure im on my 4th phone in as many years… i dont even text! what is wrong with me that i cant keep a phone??

  6. 6 Ernie January 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    do you lose them or do they break down?


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