Youth Culture Ate My Phone

October 16th, 2006  |  Published in etc  |  4 Comments

Al & I hate cell phones but find them occasionally useful. Mercifully, the two-year contract we signed with Verizon is over in a week or two and we can get out from under The Man, who was gouging us for a level of service per month we probably don’t use in a year.

Our new Virgin Mobile phones cost $19.99 each and I’ll be astounded if we use up all of our $20-every-90-days prepayments. Better yet, the phones came with AWESOME “skull and roses” wallpaper and a vibrate mode that sounds like it will shake the phone apart if used more than three times a month.

The other nice thing about pre-paid phones? The dude or dudette at Radio Shack or Best Buy is absolutely indifferent about your choice. No weedling to upgrade, no innocuous add-ons that eventually double your bill … you just walk out with an armload of phones and impulse-buy chewing gum. A hard-sell 3-year extended warranty on your $19 phone? Their hearts aren’t in it. They just want your cheap ass out of their store ASAP so they can fleece the relative big-spender eyeing an eMachine.

I’m also somewhat fond of the overall Virgin approach, which is just Sprint with a heavy coating of spraypaint, liberal use of the word “bling” and the occasional random “~~(=_=)~~” scattered around its site.

Armed with my Virgin phone, a MySpace page and a pair of brand new jeans with an ironing crease in them, I’m ready to move into the sort of graceless and dippy middle age I probably asked someone to kill me over 20 years ago.


  1. gl. says:

    October 16th, 2006 at 10:40 pm (#)

    do you really have a myspace page?

  2. mph says:

    October 17th, 2006 at 7:05 am (#)

    do you really have a myspace page?

    Kinda. :-) No friends or buddies or anything. I signed up for it a while ago and promptly forgot my password.

  3. k. says:

    October 18th, 2006 at 6:04 am (#)

    well, I for one am ready to welcome you with open arms into that graceless and dippy space. maybe we should start a new social networking site for such folks called “oldspace,” or better yet “oldspice.” I think we could do some serious damage to friendster’s market share.

  4. Kevin Reichard says:

    October 18th, 2006 at 9:30 am (#)

    Friendster IS the new oldspace. Really. Their new target demo is 25-50.

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