I am not a “got to have the newest techie toy on the market” type of person. This is why I was astounded by the fact that I am absolutely thrilled with my new cell phone and Cingular plan. Here is how it all started. My husband and I were nearing the end of our 2 year contract and we were keeping our phones alive with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation each day (not really, but that is what it felt like). I called Cingular to find out when the earliest was we could go in to get new phones. They told me April 1st which must have been a fool’s day joke because I came in and they gave me a new date a little later. This AGAIN must have been a fool’s day joke (on April fools) because they said the actual date I would need to come in to get both phones on my plan free was April 15th. I came in, and they offered up free phones with a deposit and a rebate. We bought LG400 Camera/video phones. We really wanted camera & video phones to take photos of our baby. Well, I found out that taking photos & videos of my baby were a lot of fun. I can e-mail them to whomever I like, and send them to my mother-in-laws cell phone. She lives 5 hours away and really misses having our baby girl nearby. The only problem we incurred with the LG400 flip phones was that within a week, I had taken over 20 video and who knows how many photos & my memory was already full. I again went into Cingular. I told them I needed more memory. They informed me that the phone came with a very small amount of memory and it was note upgradable. Not upgradable?! Well, I knew I needed a phone with upgradable video & memory. They showed me the V3 motorola phone. Not only does it have upgradable memory (up to 2GBs!) but it also has a better digital camera on it. In order to qualify for the rebate on the phone, I needed to sign up for the media max plan ($19.99 a month – the other phone required a $9.99 per month plan). I didn’t mind, because I was texting a lot of video to my mother-in-law, e-mail box & husband so I knew that the extra $10 a month would pay off.
So we signed up for the new package and it also included unlimited internet. I had no idea how much I would like the unlimited internet package. (We don’t have internet at home because we only use cell phones – no landline- and we can’t afford $50 extra a month for wireless internet. There is only one provider in our area.) Now, I can browse the web anywhere I am at. I love it! My friend recently called me with a question I knew I could look up on the internet (she wanted to know the zip code of Mt. Morris). I told her I would look it up on the internet & call her back. When I told her I wasn’t home she was surprised. I looked it up 7 called her back. Before I used to think up questions I wanted to look up on the internet and then by the time I had access, I forgot my question. Now, I can look it up anytime, anywhere. This relieves a lot of anxiety. I no longer worry about forgetting & my history on my phone informs me where I have been.
I can also look up personal and private questions that I might not want someone looking over my shoulder reading. There is a safe mode you can click on the browser so I don’t have to worry about bad stuff like porn.
I can also add bookmarks. I simply downloaded a little Opera mini browser on my cell phone (for free) by searching for “Opera mini” on the browser that came with the phone. I also downloaded a little gmail application on my phone & I can check my gmail account wherever I go.
This phone and the abilities it has given me: looking up information anywhere, taking photo and video of my baby girl without her (turning on – like smiling or acting silly because she knows she is being recorded), sending my mother-in-law photos and video of her grandchild so she can watch her grow and much, much more, have been a positive addition to my life. As of this moment, I love you Cingular & Motorola. Of Course, to my husband, “I love you MORE!”
I purchased my unit at Walmart for $65.00, and it was well worth it. Otherwise I was replacing an answering machine every summer. And yes I did use a surge protector. But they don’t always work.
I have only had to replace the battery once in 3 years.
All in all I would say I got a deal when I purchased this phone and answering system. It has payed for itself many times over. I also like that I can retrieve messages from the phone not just the answering machine, I have memory for up to 10 phone numbers, which for me is plenty. I can also just hit the arrow and retrieve any phone number that has called and hit redial. It is very convenient for us as we never know what section of the house we will be in or how far away from the house we will be. I have been able to reach between 100 – 150 yards before starting to have some static. But, that is because we live on high ground and there not a lot of trees right around us.
So if you are looking for a good answering machine, that is clear as a bell, and a good cordless phone. Then the GE 26998 Cordless Phone is for you. Best investment I ever made.