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Amper Fans meet Apple Fans
Today’s the day everyone’s been waiting for (unless you’re an Android or Windows fan—ha ha Windows fan sounds kinda funny, doesn’t it)…
THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF iPHONE 6
No, that’s not an iPhone. It’s my cracked, scuffed, worn, tortured, broken Blackberry Curve 6310 that I’ve had for 8 or 9 years. Think I’m ready for a new phone?
Believe it or not, it still works. (It has to, it’s the only phone I’ve got.) I’ll tell you more about this Badassberry—the phone that won’t quit—in my “chaz sez” column below. It’s been a workhorse, but I am so ready for a brand new iPhone—and finally the iPhone 6 has the one feature I’ve been holding out for, a larger screen. (I’ve also been crossing my fingers it will come in grey or black, and sure enough it does.)
Remember before answering machines (remember answering machines, which were before voicemail?) the phone used to ring & ring & ring & ring & ring, sometimes 10 or 20 times? Really annoying if you had an idea who was calling and you didn’t want to speak to them.
Well, the iPhone 6 has been announced, but we’ll have to wait & wait & wait & wait & wait until it’s acutally available. I’ve waited 9 years for a new phone so I guess I can wait a few months longer.
If you’re wondering what all the colors are in this AmperArt piece, “Ring & Ring,” those are the colors telephones came in while I was a kid in the 1950s and 60s. Up until then they came in any color, as Mr. Ford would say of the Model T, as long as it was black. The new, modern colors were exciting, instantly modernizing and adding a touch of glamour to any living room, bedroom or kitchen. This ad announces all the new phone colors.
But the most revolutionary concept, that which changed the world of telephony, was the push-button phone. That allowed all sorts of wonderful new applications, including automated customer service department selections that usually disconnected the call. (I always just press 0 for a live operator, although that usually disconnects the call as well or recycles back to the main menu). Then cordless phones were the next big thing.
After that, of course, cellular phones were all the rage, and anyone who owned one was an instant celebrity. For decades they were first novelties, then accessories, and today they have replaced the home phone for several households. For many solo entrepreneurs such as myself, the cell phone is our main business phone, along with Skype.
I know, I know…this AmperArt release coincides with the iPhone 6 release and it was planned that way, so why haven’t I even mentioned the Shiny New Toy? Because you’ll be hearing enough about it on the on the news, on the Internet, at Starbucks, and from your geek colleagues. You might even be at an Apple store placing your order right now.
Ah, the simpler days when all the instructions for using your new phone were printed on a single sheet of paper…
Why do I still have a Blackberry Curve where I can’t read half the screen; the earpiece doesn’t work so I have to use it only on speaker; the trackball fell out once and until I found it weeks later (right under my chair) I had to do everything with the keypad, which meant no scrolling (now it’s taped in place); and I have to pull the battery out to charge it because the usb jack is all screwed up? Oh yeah, and it’s held together with duct tape?
Because it still works—and I’ve been waiting for an iPhone that has all the features I want, including a nice big screen. Oh yeah, and the price. Other bills came first. The new iPhone 6 Plus is exactly what I want, and the old Beastberry probably won’t hold out much longer.
Which means I’m going to get the iPhone 6 Plus for sure (and all its 128g), so I better get back to work right now to afford it.