This Friday, the iPhone 6s is going to arrive on my doorstep, and this will be the first time that I've ever went about a phone launch in this way. I moved recently, away from the big city and corporate wireless store I normally pick my phone(s) up from, and I didn't feel like driving an hour in the wee hours of the morning to secure my phone on launch day.
So instead, I went with ordering the phone online and getting a shipment verification for arrival on launch day. Of course that means I'm going to have to wait for the package to arrive, but I figure that's better than driving at 4 AM and then waiting in a line before the sun comes up.
But that's not the only thing that's different about this launch.
By the time the new phone has been procured, I usually still have the old phone and then get rid of it later. Last year I just traded it in to get a new device. This time, though, I went with an online method, opting to sell my phone to one of "those places." There are plenty of options, but I went with the one where I know someone who has used the service before and was happy with the results.
The thing is, to get the price for my device, I have to send it in by a predetermined date. Before the new iPhones were given a launch date, the assumption was that it would be on September 18. That was perfect, because I had to send my phone in on that same day to make the requirement.
And then Apple announced September 25 and, well, that put me in a bit of a pickle to say the least. But then I thought, Why not?
So I grabbed an old phone and sent in the iPhone. But then I realized I hate the old phone (a Galaxy S5), and decided to just go without. Yeah, I decided to just go without a smartphone for four days. (Four and a half, I guess.)
I decided to do this because I believe I don't use my phone that often. A game or two here and there, and text messages. But since the people I primarily talk to use iMessage, I can get by with my iPad. Music will be tough, but I can carry the tablet in my backpack if need be. (Bluetooth headphones would be nice in this situation.)
The question I have for myself at this point, is if this is even possible. Do I think I use my phone that infrequently because I actually don't use it all that often, or is it because the phone is so inherently tied to my every day actions that I don't even realize how often I use it?
I guess I'll find out here pretty quickly.
Have you gone any length of time without a phone, after having one for a long time?