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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 — & 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, & 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 annoying friend (or worse yet, a bill collector…or worse yet, a telemarketer) who kept calling & you didn’t want to speak to them. At least with answering machines you could fast-forward to the next message.
Let’s fast-forward to today:
Well, the iPhone 6 has been announced, but we’ll have to wait & wait & wait & wait & wait until it’s actually available. I’ve waited 9 years for a new phone so I guess I can wait a few months longer.
UPDATE: I did get that iPhone 6 Plus, & enjoyed it very much…until the iPhone X was introduced. I jumped at that immediately, mainly because I like the letter (or numeral) X & the number 10. It’s a milestone. & I love the phone, with its edge-to-edge larger screen (retaining nearly the same size body), face recognition, & super-duper camera. (I had way to much fun with the animoji feature at first, turning myself into a robot, chicken, & such…until that novelty wore off. It was fun sending my great-niece a colorful animated unicorn, though, on her birthday.)
So, am I anxious to get my hands on the latest & greatest iPhone 10 XR, XS, XS Max, or anything else? NO! I love my X, the simplicity of the model name, & don’t plan to upgrade (not that I consider the newest models much of an upgrade) anytime soon…although I doubt I’ll wait another 8 or 9 years.
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 & 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 & adding a touch of glamour to any living room, bedroom or kitchen. This ad announces all the new phone colors.
Shortly after the new colors, along came the Princess phone (that was in my mom’s or sister’s bedroom, of course, although I don’t recall if it was pink or turquoise).
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, & anyone who owned one was an instant celebrity. For decades they were first novelties, then accessories, & today they have replaced the home phone altogether for several households. For many solo entrepreneurs such as myself, the cell phone is our main business phone, along with Skype.
Ah, the simpler days when all the instructions for using your new phone were printed on a single sheet of paper…
If you happen to have a Bell & Howell 16-mm sound projector sitting around, you could simply learn from this highly educational film which shows you step-by-step how to place a call with the revolutionary new system. Is that an early portable cell phone she’s standing next to?
I know, I know…this AmperArt release coincides with the iPhone 6 release & it was planned that way, so why have I hardly even mentioned the Shiny New Toy? Because you’ll be hearing enough about it on the on the news, on the Internet, at Starbucks, & from your geek colleagues. You might even be at an Apple store placing your order right now.
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 & 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); & I have to pull the battery out to charge it because the usb jack is all screwed up? Oh yeah, & 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, & the price. Other bills came first. The new iPhone 6 Plus is exactly what I want, & 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.
3 thoughts to “#71 Ring & Ring”
Okay but the iPhone 6 will bend in your pocket, I heard it on the radio today. It’s made from aluminum, you had best wait one more generation. I am cheap and I like iPhones, so I buy them used and then get them repaired. lol
first, thanks for all the comments you left on my blog! holy comment overload, batman, it was a great thing to come home from work and find. second, i can’t believe you haven’t gotten a new phone in around nine years. way to stick it to the Jonses. Seriously. And third, those cell phones. I find it hilarious that we started out our cell phone adventure with gigantic brick sized phones and now, although they are skinner, these new touch screen cell phones are just as big if not bigger than the first gen cells of the past. But, I guess, give the people what they want already ;)
I really enjoy this poster..it definitely has a nostalgic feel to it! I also love the information about the first phones and the colors! And, yes I do recall the endless ringing, especially when it was someone you didn’t particularly wish to speak to! I’m sure many folks can empathize with that one.