Technology is amazing.
It’s annoying, too.
Remember when phones with a rotary dial hung on the wall?
If you made one mistake, you had to hang up and start over.
Third-party and free long-distance calls after a certain hour were all the rage.
Then, push-button phones made their debut.
The only trick was making sure you kept the phone charged.
Cordless phones, which still exist today, allowed one to walk around the house and not get tangled up in a cord.
My first-ever cellphone came in a bag and charged through the cigarette lighter in my car. You had to be careful, though.
Few cell towers existed and the phone company didn’t mind charging you an outrageous fee for roaming calls.
Fast forward a couple of decades.
Now we have cellphones that can do just about everything.
The only downfall is technology.
Microchips change over time and phone developers … designers … whatever you want to call them create a new phone just about every six months.
Throughout the past few weeks, I’ve been getting countless emails about the iPhone 13. I checked into the price.
A new iPhone 13 would cost me my house mortgage, a car payment and at least one – possibly two – trips to the grocery store each month. That’s if I decided not to go on a payment plan.
Should I choose that route, I can just imagine the taxes and other “hidden fees” that would show up on my bill each month.
No thanks, AT&T or T-mobile or US Cellular or Verizon or any other phone company for that matter.
Y’all can keep it boxed and shelved.
I will stick with my iPhone 11.
It does everything I need it to do.
I get phone calls, text messages, emails — all in silent mode if I don’t wish to be bothered.
I have an app that automatically sends telemarketer calls to my voicemail.
I can play games whenever I like.
The photo quality is excellent. Depending on the space available, you can have plenty of room to take photos and make videos.
I hear the iPhone 14 is ready for sale and the iPhone 15 is not far behind. As I said before, the cellular companies can keep them.
The best thing about my iPhone?
It’s paid off.
I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world.
Rudy Coggins is assistant editor of the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.