Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Help Wanted


Today I took the plunge and got two cell phones and high-speed broadband for the computer. Jeesus Chreist, was there anxiety. Or whut? Yes, there was.

Sweetie and I have been tossing this, "Hey, let's get rid of the land line and get cell phones, and ALSO let's get high speed broadband interwebs!" idea around for months. Because we are paying for our land line, to the tune of $45 a month, because we must have Caller ID. (You know, stalker and crazy people that like to harass me.) Plus $15 a month for dial up internet access. Plus around $18 a month for long distance. Which includes our 1-800 number so his mom-n-em can call us on our dime.

That is $78 a month. And that would be okay if the dial up hadn't drowned in molasses ever since the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through. Now, I am paying $78 a month for seriously depleted internet happiness.

More back story: I have been researching cell phones and wireless internet access for a month. The thing I discovered was, that if one has dial up (such outdated crap!) one is doomed to much knitting or housework while waiting for some stupid, image heavy, worthless page to load. And forget about Utube videos. Don't have the time. Thirty minutes of distracted anticipation for a minute of stupidity. Nuh uh.

So. We will see if the new thing works. If it does, my email will change, but otherwise - all else should be just the same.


Susan (and SmokeyBlue in spirit) said...

Good logic. However if you are at all paranoid then you might want to keep the landline just for certain items. I have mine for credit card calls. It is easier for the thieves to steal your cc# off a cell than a land line.

Granted if you don't order much on the phone or don't have a business, like I do, then saving those dollars is definitely a plus.

I have my internet through cell phone broadband. Can get internet on my laptop just about anywhere now.

Anonymous said...

You go, girl! We did that, and got better service AND saved money. So seldom does that happen, but there it is. Hope to see you next weekend...
Nancy NeverSwept

Knitting Linguist said...

Ooh, I'll keep my fingers crossed! Efficient connection to the outside world is a good thing. (My verification word is "latte" -- it read my mind...)