27th September
2010
written by Randy

For the past two weeks I’ve been lightly experimenting with going phoneless, and I think I’m ready to make the commitment. I’m going to give up my cell phone.

First, some background.

I’ve been making very heavy use of Skype this year. I know it works. I’ve also been a heavy user of Google Voice for close to two years. And recently, Google Voice added the ability to make phone calls from your computer, right inside of Gmail. I’ve tried it, and it works well.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, all of this is free.

That got me thinking and wondering to myself, Why am I paying $100/mo for my iPhone, just to be stuck with a service that can’t make phone calls as well as these free services?

And that’s when I got the idea to get a new Google Voice number, and experiment with giving people that number instead of the one to my phone. I played with it for a few weeks and found that I it’s not bad. In fact, it’s better than my cell service, both at home and at work — the two places where I spend the most time.

So I decided to make an experiment of not using my phone, except when it’s possible to do so over WiFi. And that has been quite liberating.

On buses and trains, while everyone is standing with their heads down, looking at their phones while they text or tweet or read Facebook, I feel like I’ve broken away from the Matrix.

In business meetings and social gatherings, I’m more focused on the people I’m with, no longer tempted to sneak a peek at my phone. And I don’t have to interrupt the company I’m in, in order to answer a call.

Without a phone in my pocket, my pants fit more nicely and more comfortably, and there’s no need to pull it out and set it on the table or bar when I sit down.

It’s still too early to say, but I also expect the leg tremors to stop. You know, those little muscle and nerve vibrations you get in your leg that make you think your phone is vibrating, so you have to pull it out and check?

So I think this is going to be a very positive development, and if I have success with it, maybe I can convince a few others to join me and make the move toward a less connected life!

  • Hipposhatewater

    Not to mention you don’t have it emitting weird, wavelengths really close to your …umm…. “huMANity.” :P

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