I have had the same phone since 2006.
Back then, Motorola was one of the better mobile phone makers around, and they made one beautiful phone that I fell in love with at first sight.
After my classic Nokia 6110, which I also loved and kept for over five years, it was only the second cell phone I’d ever owned – it was slim, barely weighed anything, and was a functioning work of art. Even when I moved to Europe, I didn’t feel the need to get a local phone as I was pretty sure my Moto would work fine. After a €5 jailbreak, I was proven right. For the next 6 years, it was all I ever needed.
Even as I was enjoying my retro, anti-trendy mentality, after 8 long and productive years, my ever-reliable Moto was clearly showing its age. The backside paint was mostly chipped and the keyboard that grew wrinkled sometime back now showed an undeniable crack – no thanks to all the Tetris games I’d played. Moreover and admittedly, texting in public on a dumb phone made me a bit self-conscious. My museum-piece of a phone was ready to be retired.
While I wasn’t ready to fork out a lot of money to get the latest model, after a bit of hemming and hawing, I made the jump to the smartphone-era and got an iPhone 4S — it had to be an Apple, of course. I didn’t have to pay anything for the device itself and even saved a couple of quarters on my monthly dues. From being 8 years behind, I am now down to a respectable 3.
Even though it’s not the latest version – getting a 5S would have meant paying €200 extra! – as contemporary phones go, it’s a thing of beauty. Only time will tell if I’ll have the same attachment with my 4S as I did with my first two, but I’m pretty confident it’s going to be around for at least half a decade. Pickpockets notwithstanding.