My Love-Hate Relationship with Cell Phones

As many of you can surely understand, I can't live without my cell phone. I seem to be on it at least a couple of hours a day for business, pleasure, or to just kill time while I'm in the car. It has gotten to the point that if I forget it when I leave, I feel as if I'm lost. Much like the ATM had a major impact on where and when we got money, cell phones have certainly changed where and when we communicate with each other.

However, for as convenient as cell phones are, and for as long as they have been around, there are still problems that annoy me to the point that I want to throw the cell phone down, stomp on it, and never use one again.

Signal Reception

Why can't I get good reception in my house? I've seen the cell phone tower that is about a 1/2 mile from my house, yet I have to be in the front or back of my house to get a decent signal. I understand that cell phone coverage in rural areas is spotty, but in a major metropolitan area? I should have minimal problems. Yet in my home town there are many 'dead' spots. Worse yet, I don't know if any specific carrier will be any better unless I actually go through the effort to switch carriers, and even then I won't know until I get home and try it out. If it turns out that it isn't any better reception, then I'm stuck with it for another two years. This leads to my next big problem with cell phones.

2-Year Service Agreements

Why do I still have to sign a 2 year agreement to get cell phone service? I could understand the requirement when the infrastructure was being built out, but what is the excuse now? They have those 'pay as you go' service plan with no minimum committment, but to get a decent deal on a phone at a reasonable rate plan, you still are required in most cases to sign up for 2 years. Give me a break!

Syncing with an Address Book

My last pet peeve is that while cell phones have come a long way in terms of functionality supported, most consumer cell phones still can't sync with an address book on a computer. I'm tired of having to manually enter all of my phone numbers every time I get a new phone or need to add a phone number to my phone. Why is this seemingly simple feature taking so long to implement? They figured out how to put a tiny digital camera into the phone which I could care less about, but something that surely most people could actually use can't get implemented. I don't understand.

 

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