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I can't believe I'm doing this.

After last week's rant on telephones and why I can't use them, I'm now looking at cell phones.

wyndam has this nifty earpiece thing for his phone that I tried once, and it actually worked really really well. I was calling meerkat299, who I can usually manage to talk to even on regular phones, but this was actually loud and clear. I just ordered one for us, and it should be here in a few days. Then, in my braver moments, anyway, I'll start experimenting and see just how much I can understand, with how many people.

I doubt it will get to the point where I can handle strangers on the phone, but I'm hoping I can actually be able to talk to friends without pain and agony. And if I can do that, well - there have been so many times I've wanted a way to get in touch with someone while I was out somewhere. It might actually make sense for me to have a cell phone. (Especially since most of them have 2-way text messaging now...)

Ack. This is scary. Telephones have always been the huge wall standing between me and passing for normal (at least as far as hearing is concerned). It would open up so many more possibilities for that to not be there, but it's also damned intimidating. It's so nice to have the excuse that I can't use the phone, period. If I have a cell phone, well, obviously I can... and then I have to explain the distinction, whatever that is. Yaargh. Anyway. I'm going to see what the limitations are, and then I'll figure out how far to push them.


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Feb. 4th, 2002 05:57 pm (UTC)
2 Way Text Messaging
As someone who has often served as your secretary, (and just as your friend in general) I will applaud your independence ;-)

Even if you just get a pager, that would be really nice. Definitely get a phone with SMS messaging, to use as a backup. Then people can always get in touch with you. (I remember one time in Seattle when Joy was trying to reach you, but I didn't know where you were or how to best leave a message for you. If you had a pager it would've been much easier :-))

The other advantage to SMS is being able to use AIM when stuck bored in airports :)
Feb. 5th, 2002 08:04 am (UTC)
Re: 2 Way Text Messaging
Hmm, well, I did some research into pagers a while back and they were obscenely expensive - makes no sense that they should be worse than a phone with messaging capability, but they were. Or maybe I was looking in completely the wrong place.
Feb. 5th, 2002 11:02 am (UTC)
Re: 2 Way Text Messaging
Well, a few years ago that was true. Now you can get pagers for $20/month. But if you can use a cell phone anyway you may as well get that instead :).

Voicestream has a nice deal for $20/month. With 500 SMS messages.
Feb. 4th, 2002 06:56 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting a cell-phone a bunch myself lately. I've never actually tried and ear-piece thing but I suspect that that is what I would need - I've given myself a headache every time I try to talk on a regular cell-phone. And I get headaches from normal phones too since even though I don't nominally have hearing difficulty I can't seem to filter out sounds other than the phonecall and so I have to press the earpiece hard to my ear and more than a very short conversation is painful. I also have psychological issues with phones that are separate, but I'm really starting to feel like I need a cell-phone... things in my life keep coming up where I could use one and it would make my life work better...
Feb. 4th, 2002 07:05 pm (UTC)
From the tone of your post, i tsounds like you ordered a thingy for the cell phone, not the cell phone itself - if that's wrong, most of this is irrelevant now. ;)

If you go ahead with the cell phone idea, shop around for a good plan and provider. If you're planning to be in Seattle within a year, pick someone who will let you switch your contract to a different city without a problem. Sprint was great for me for this. Also, try both analog and digital phones to test the sound quality. I've been using an exclusively digital phone for nearly a year, and the sound quality is much better than that of the analog/digital phone I had before then. Granted, with a digital only you either have a signal or not (not the fadeout/fadein problems you can get with analog), but if you're only using it occasionally it may be better for you. I've had no problems with not having a signal except deep inside a store, or at work which for some reason soaks up all cell phone signals.

Anyway, I just walked my mom through switching providers and obtaining a new phone, so just let me know if you want more info. :)
Feb. 5th, 2002 08:05 am (UTC)
well, if the earpiece works, I'll give you a call and you can blather at me about it :)
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