The Garden City Telegram
9/14/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Surfing the net, getting scores crucial to any cell phone

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I've become one of those people.

The ones who can't wait for the latest iPhone to come out.

My son is the real techno person in the family, but I am starting to look forward to the newest gadgets, too.

Pretty funny for a guy who doesn't spend much time on the phone outside of work.

When I say I don't spend much time on the phone, I mean using it as a phone.

I am never far from my phone, which makes me like most people.

We live in a world that has become attached to cell phones.

Used to be there was a phone in our homes, and if we weren't home, calls went unanswered.

The advent of cell phones have made us accessible wherever we are, 24 hours a day.

Our first cell phone was a bag phone we kept in our car for use when we drove from our home in Kansas back to visit family in Iowa and Nebraska.

Then we graduated to one cell phone my wife kept.

That was followed by a family plan. As our kids got older and were off with friends, we bought them cell phones for Christmas to better keep track of them. That might have been their best Christmas since Santa Claus made regular visits. It was probably the last time they were that excited to get a cell phone.

In the subsequent years, they have gone through Blackberrys and now iPhones.

These days, they upgrade to the latest iPhones.

My love of an iPhone has nothing to do with its ability to make and receive calls. I want them because of all the other things they can do.

It's like having a Swiss army knife and not caring about the knife as much as the cork screw or spoon.

I like having a mini computer that I can carry in my pocket.

I use my phone more to look up things on the Internet, like reading newspaper articles and keeping track of scores, than I do anything else.

I do take an occasional picture, use the calculator and other things, but it's the Internet I want the most. I want the fastest, most reliable phone I can get for that purpose.

It's not that I don't use my phone to communicate. I text, I Tweet, and I respond to what people put on Facebook.

I rarely post anything on Facebook. I resist the urge to comment on the political rants by others, but I enjoy having fun with some of the comments I read.

It does amaze me that people write such personal thoughts on the World Wide Web. There seems to be no filter. I don't want everyone to know what I'm thinking. They'd probably be bored.

In a few days, Apple will release its newest iPhones, and I will suffer from phone envy.

I won't be in line to buy one right away because the phone companies do not allow you to upgrade your phone before your two-year contract expires without charging an exorbitant fee for the phone.

So, instead, I will attempt to have my soon-to-be-outdated phone repaired.

That will have to do for now. Of course, that means that by the time I can get mine updated, Apple will be planning to announce a newer version.

Technology is outdated before you get the latest gadget out of the box.

But as long as I can surf the Internet and pick up scores, I'll be happy. That's what phones are for, right?

Patrick Murphy, of Humphrey, Neb., is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.