In my ongoing effort to unclutter my life, I’ve decided to downgrade my cell phone. My current phone is an AT&T 8525. It is classified as a PDA/Smartphone and has way more bells and whistles than I could ever want or use. Both Kevin and I got one less than 6 months ago because we thought they could help us stay organized and consolidate several gadgets. Plus, they had a rebate on them and we pretty much got them for free.
In the end we found that they were bulky, heavy and did not help us manage our lives any better than before they came into it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool phone, but seriously? There will never be a time where I will need PowerPoint on my cell phone. That’s just a line that I hope never to cross.
So, we’re both downgrading and for the first time ever I get to choose the phone I want regardless of whether or not it’s offered by our service provider. How? eBay! Yup, you really can find anything on eBay and they have a plethora of unlocked cell phones to choose from.
After careful researching and comparing several brands and models of cell phones, I chose to get a Motorola Slvr L7 in Pink. It’s half the size and half the weight of my current behemoth and won’t feel like a brick sitting in my purse. Plus, it’s pink! The only place I could find it was eBay, actually, because it’s been discontinued by Motorola, and it only came out less than a year ago! (That makes me feel old somehow… )
In the massive world of cell phones, it might not have all the bells and whistles (or PowerPoint!), but I realised that all I really want from a cell phone is for it to accept and place calls (via Bluetooth, if necessary) and take a decent photo, so I can occasionally moblog.
From an outsider’s viewpoint, it might not seem like a huge step towards uncluttering, but in my case, a smaller phone that does less really is freeing.