I lost my phone this week. My constant companion (well, excluding upgrades) of many a year left me in a spectacular fashion. I was hurrying to catch the Tube and negotiated the stairs at Westbourne Park with said phone in hand but there was a bit of jostling and it slipped from my hand, bounced on the platform and slid over the edge landing on the gravel by the tracks.
My first thought, after appropriate cursing of my stupidity was it’s no big deal. I could easily get a new one and a new SIM within days and it doesn’t have any data on it that is not backed up in the cloud. It can also be wiped remotely so those naked pics won’t be appearing all over the gossip sites any moment (just joking…).
So, given that I’ve had a mobile for over 27 years, see photo from about 1986 for proof, what was the one feature of my high-end smart phone that I couldn’t do without? I could live without calls, hardly ever make or take them anyway, email – good riddance, texts would be annoying but no big deal. My calendar is available on line so I could just look at that. The only thing I could not live with was the alarm clock, I had to try and borrow one from a friend who also confessed he didn’t have a proper one as he and his wife just used their phones too. Have the people who make travelling alarm clocks all gone bankrupt?
Anyway the station had no staff on duty but I asked at Moorgate when I alighted and they rang the station master at Westbourne Park. He said to call back later as he would try to get it when he had sufficient staff on duty. He was as good as his word, I rang back in the afternoon and he’d retrieved it. My apologies to all those on the train that was stopped just outside the station whilst someone climbed onto the tracks…
Apart from a few scratches around the edge it was fine and I didn’t have to go through the hassle of setting up a new phone, I’m very fussy (read OCD) so this takes a day or two.
And the other thing I really missed, as I was travelling to pick the phone, that would be my sudoku app, how did I live all those years without it?