The plural of text, and other modern dilemmas

Simon le BonesThis is my cellphone. It’s a Nokia 1100, which, Wikipedia notes, “has been specifically designed for developing countries: its keypad and front face have been designed to be as dustproof as possible, and its sides are non-slip for humid weather.” (This is obviously not a world class cellphone.)

I don’t live in the developing world (though it does get a little humid around here at times), but this phone suits my needs – phone calls and textsisesses.

The slim gentleman to the left is Mr Simon Le Bones. He is the official mascot of my cellphone, and even if my phone kinda sucks, he brings a little deathmotif style to the business.

But despite the presence of Mr Le Bones, my cellphone is currently having some troubles. It does this thing where, when someone phones me, it’ll manage to ring about twice, then it sort of freaks out and turns itself off. But the most frustrating thing about this is it doesn’t keep a record of the call, so I have no idea who was trying to phone me.

I don’t know what the experience is like for the caller, but I have this horrible feeling that it might seem like I’ve been flicking the call through to voicemail because I don’t want to talk. Oh noez!

The phantom switch-off has happened a couple of times in recent days, so I’m thinking maybe it’s time to get a new phone. Something a bit fancier with a colour screen and maybe even an mp3 player and/or a camera.

But it all seems very complicated, this modern cellphone world. So if anyone has any hints or tips, please share. My minimum requirement is that the phone have a loop for Simon Le Bones to hook on to.

8 thoughts on “The plural of text, and other modern dilemmas”

  1. I have the same phone as you, minus Simon. My problem with my phone, which is the first I’ve had apart from having to reset it twice to get the alarm to actually make noise when it rings, is that the rubber faceplate got cut, and now the number 8 key has ripped off, taking away the ability to use the letters T, U, and V in text messages, unless you push down with a pen. But tonight my friend jerry-rigged it with a ripped-off beer label, so I will continue to have light, easy-to-use cellphoneage for a long time.

  2. Stick with a Nokia. Whenever I change phones it frustrates me when I don’t know where to find anything.

    Also, I never used cameras when I had them. But that’s just me 🙂

  3. I want a new phone – my criteria is it has to be pink. And not an ugly pink, a nice pink.
    And it can’t be a Motorola – stupid Motorola phone!

  4. I had the same problem you describe with a different Nokia model a few years ago. Eventually I replaced it.

    I agree with the “stick with a Nokia” advice: more recent models will be basically the same.

    (Incidentally, both the harvestparents have the same model as yours, although harvestmother doesn’t like receiving texts as she doesn’t at present wish to learn how to send them in reply.)

  5. Yes they have but it will drain your battery like a drainy thing on drainy day at the meeting of the B.O.D. draining society.
    Still, it is a good phone, go low tech and be happy.

  6. It does have a torch, which is probably also of use in developing nations. I’ve never used it, but I do keep accidentally activating it.

    I’m currently testing an idea that the phone does the shutting off thing when the battery is about half empty, but for some reason it doesn’t reflect this in the bars.

  7. It will in most cases like these be either,
    The batt is snaffu, or get a rubber (eraser) and clean (don’t use meths!) the terminals where the batt touches the phone (they are the yellowey gold bars).
    You’re torch should not be coming on when you don’t want it to, it would play havoc with your batt, those batts should be totally drained out every now and then and fully re-charged periodically. The batt may be not accepting a full charge, which is usually a sign of snaffu, go to any cellphone store and get a new batt, get a nokia one though. (Newmarket?)There’s a whole culture around batts and recharging, really.
    It’s a good phone.

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