Yes, I know it is so five years ago, but my foray into smartphone ownership does not involve an iPhone or an Android. This winter I got my very first BlackBerry.
This Christmas Eve, our beloved hellion Fergie knocked my cellphone into the bathtub with her paw. We took it apart and tried to dry the phone out overnight, but the red water detector of death had already cast its shadow over my poor Samsung. Luckily, we were able to salvage the SIM card and transfer it to a family member’s unused BlackBerry EDGE 8900. Anyone who’s ever tried to transfer data to a used cellphone probably knows that it can be tricky to wipe everything out and start fresh — but after lots of googling and finessery, we eventually got it synced with my gmail, Facebook and Twitter.
After about half an hour, AT&T texted me to let me know that they’d added a data package to my monthly cellphone bill. I thought it was a little sketchy that they just signed me up, but at least I was notified, right? The main reason I’ve avoided smartphones in the past is because of the high data costs. But I was pleased to find that I could actually scale back my text plan (which I don’t use very much anymore) and pay only $10 more per month than I’d already been paying when all was said and done. Pretty affordable!
So far, the BlackBerry apps that I’ve downloaded work really great. Continue reading