Getting a Cell Phone

October 23rd, 2011
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Over time I've become one of the few people I know without a cell phone. I manage: I use google voice when I want to call people, bring my laptop places and find wireless, use people's doorbells, and am careful and punctual when meeting people. I enjoy that people are surprised I don't have a phone, and I like demonstrating that they are optional.

I had thought that what would push me over to getting a phone would be cheap texting. But actually, what I really want is to be able to write programs for my phone. The idea of having a little computer always with me, with access to the internet and gps, is really exciting. (I could write something that let me know when a bus was coming up behind me and tell me to wait at a stop.) If I get a smartphone, android or iphone, it does look like I could do this.

This leads to: what phone to get? Yesterday I was all excited about this, and did a lot of phone research, but I was careful not to actually buy anything. I wanted time to think, and also to check with other people. The main ones I'm considering are the new iphone and the galaxy S II. I like the idea of an android phone more, in that it sounds like there's more you can change as a programmer if you want to, but I could go either way. I'd be adding on to my family's att family plan, so the prices I'd be paying (with contract) are these. Are there other phones I should be considering? Phones people have and really like?

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