30 June 2004

That's one small step for man

Today I'm taking a giant leap. I'm going to upgrade my regular prepaid cellphone account to a billing system. My company pays Rs 800 towards my bill, so I figure it's a win-win situation.
I never even considered getting a bill before. It was always something 'rich people' did, not poor, underpaid students (like I used to be).
I remember when I got my first phone. I had been asking for one for a while, ever since I joined college in fact. These were the days when every Tom, Dick and Harry didn't have a phone, in fact only one of my friends did, and she earned quite a bit by being a dance instructor and a model. So on my 19th birthday, I begged, I pleaded, I whined my heart out, till I got a reluctant 'We'll see' from my parents.
On my birthday, I opened my usual gifts of books and music, trying to smile. Then my dad pulled out a box.
"What is it?" I asked, barely breathing.
"A clock," smiled my mum.
The tag on the gift wrapping said 'Happy birthday, 68780," and so I ripped off the wrapping. It was a glorious phone--- a Motorola Talkabout (they don't make that model anymore) in purple with a shiny black keypad. And glory be, it had a sim card all ready and waiting for me!
A year later, I upgraded to a Nokia 3310, which I still have and love. This one is easy to use and has an amazingly long battery life. My mom's company gave her a Nokia 2100 a week ago and I switched phones with her (hey, she doesn't really care what kind of phone she has, she can't even lock the keypad!). I've just composed the 'yellow submarine' ringtone and I'm happy. :)
This wasn't supposed to be a little paean to cellphones, but then you know how it is when you get carried away! What's your best cellphone memory? I'd love to hear about it.
Happy thought for the day: My favourite site is up and running after about a week of server maintenance. If you register, look out for me, I'm decemberschild.

10 comments:

  1. lucky you! i got a cellphone at the old but not wise age of 23, and i had to beg like anything too!

    (btw, its so devilishly funny to see guys take out their cells from their shirt pockets instead of their trousers' ones since TOI (another reputed daily! ;)) printed that news! i have been having loads of fun ever since it happened ;) )

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