Last month was my 10 year anniversary of holding a mobile! I think my kids would feel shy to that date.
I rented the first mobile, Semins, prior to my leave for the UK and paid US$ 120 for 2 weeks rent. I had enjoyed the functions particularly the caller ID which was not available on land lines. It did not take that much time to buy my first mobile, Nokia 3310, which comes with VodaPhone US$ 24-monthly plan including 120 minute free.
A year later, the device had been dropped in the toilet, accidently. I ceased this opportunity to claim the insurance policy to realise that peril was excluded.. To stay connected, I went to London East End and managed to buy a cheap second phone for US$ 15. I don’t recall the mobile brand, it was ugly and big machine with weak battery. All in all, I did not enjoy my experience with VodaFone, I was unable to switch my plan to a convenient one and also it was expensive to update my address, which I changed several times, as I need to go through a paid and loud call center.
I moved to Dubai and bought Sagem for US$ 48 and subscribed to Etisalat Wasel service for US$ 45. The device has a funny shape like a turtle but was too far better than the “machine!”. I carried that mobile for almost a year until I bought a secondhand mobile from Kuwait, Sony Ericson, the body and the screen were in blue- the colour of love as Lisa Ekdahl sings. Few months later, I bought another Sonny Ericson powered by infrared and blue tooth functions - the state of the art technology at that time. The set comes with music composition feature which I used to compose 3 pieces of music: Glasgow, Rush and nightmare… great tunes. I kept the previous “blue” device for roaming purposes, it was the first time I hold 2 mobiles in a time, was a sign of luxury.
Days passed by and I became more and more fascinated by Sony Ericson in terms of functions, design and price. Yet, I decided to move to the so called “business mobile” and opted for i-mate. It was an woeful experience so I quickly sold it to a shop in Sharjah and bought Sony Ericson K610i which was high tech handy mobile with many great functions especially live blogging. Check my personal website to see how many live bloggings I uploaded. Unfortunately, the mobile screen cracked and found myself in a position to give it up. The K610i device is too close to my heart and a precious item in my collectables. In addition to its great tech, it has attended my wedding ceremony and also endured the early bits of my son, Rades.
I decided to find a good gadget that supports my work needs, Nokia E61i was a good choice due to its wide screen, keyboard and office-enabling applications. I had also activated a supplementary mobile, LG, a new set that I got for US$ 50 with a sim card!
Accessing emails and browsing internet via mobile is a big addiction. I obtained a Blackberry which dramatically improved the way I communicate with people. The supernova change is when I recently bought iPhone. In contrary to BlackBerry, iPhone changes the entire communication style. I would argue saying that iPhone is a post-mobile era and it is not just a new mobile brand as all. I am completely inspired by Apple apps and currently pursuing some self-teaching classes in iOS development. My first app is coming soon.
Mobile phones is an integral part of everyday life and in my memories too.
Thanks to all friends for their patience and technical testimony on mobile as I am not easy to get convinced when it comes to buying a mobile. Special thanks to Wael Ch, Anas Q, Jeeb Mc, Azem F, Assad S, Mazen K, Mouhaned A Hiba H, Shadi S and Obaida R
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