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A phone is a phone is a phone…or is it??


Right now I’ve come full circle on my mobile phone. Back in the early 1990’s I babysat my sister in law’s brick mobile phone while she travelled overseas. Knowing she was to return soon I just had to have this gadget attached to my hand and so I bought myself a phone. It was the start of my long ongoing love /hate relationship with Optus. I think it was a Motorola, I know it was big, heavy and had an external stick aerial. I’ve always been a gadget girl.

Over the years I bought myself a collection of phones, each reducing in size, improving on the colour (black was the initial phone colour) and the functions. The brands were an array of Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola  and Panasonic.  I searched for ‘lady phones’ preferring the ‘clam shell style. The most important feature was appearance and inclusions such as a makeup mirror ( I found a lot that had this feature). On average I kept my phones about a year or so. They were accessories not phones to me.  I have had purple, pink, gold, silver and of course the  ‘special ‘ phones.

My favourite of all times was my Samsung t500. I had to wait for the gold tone version to arrive (most people had the Dorothy red slipper colour but I always preferred to be a little different).This phone set me back around $1000 in its day. I bought it outright as I did many of my phones. The face had a cubic zirconia face and they could be lit in a variety of colours to indicate the caller. It even had a short leather strap that had a stainless steel ring with a zirconia on the band. The idea was to dangle it off your finger. Recently I have been decluttering my home and tossed most of my phones …except this one. Some things are just too precious!photo(2)photo(3)

Another “ just have to have” was the rose tone Motorola that came with a cube style set dangler . The photo doesn’t do the rose tone justice. Again it had a makeup mirror and this one even had a camera. The leather pouch it came with added to its charm.


Then I had the Panasonic G 20. I tossed it out last weekend in the declutter (it had a few scratches on the outer face) but I just had to keep its carry pouch! My thumb gives an indication of its size. Its exciting feature was you could hang it from a neck chain if you didn’t want to carry the purse. Again it featured a makeup mirror and had the most interesting round keypad .This did make it a little challenging at times to text fast. I can’t find any photos of it on my computer so I used some photos from http://www.dealsdirect.com.au/panasonic-g70-flip-mobile-phone-red/   Mine was the red (complete with a zirconia of course)



Then I “just had to have” a smartphone and chose the Samsung Wave. This was the only phone I have never been fussed on after purchase. I found it would turn itself on and off (continually)at its own whim. This would drain the battery and heat the phone rendering it unusable until you could get to charge it again ( not good if you have just left home an hour ago). It took me a while to understand why my battery would die so fast until one night I watched, as it sat on my dressing table. It turned itself on and off continually for about an hour (it was too distracting to sleep with the eerie glow that happened) but at least I solved what was happening ( and the battery ran out after an hour which solved the glow haha). I returned it twice for some software problem I was told it had but it never fixed the problem. I suffered this out as I was on a phone plan this time but ended up resorting back to my old cute purple phone to use (Motorola RAV ).

The phone plan was finally up (well not quite but I pestered optus enough)  and I got myself an iphone4S . But …don’t get excited… I did the good mother thing and gave it to my daughter to use as her phone had died. Again I needed a simple phone and got myself a pink Motorola , basic but it looked good. Then that’s when the  spin  full circle happened. Again I have my sister in law’s old iphone4. It’s a little temperamental on the home button and it’s not as snazzy as the 4S or 5.

Oh and I’ve got a collection of phones to use on the Telstra network when we travel. They do seem to cover the outback areas better in my opinion.

I’m searching for a new phone. I don’t need an iPhone as I have an iPad . But, it’s so hard to find a pretty phone now that’s different o the ones everyone else has. Guess I’ll just have to dress up the iPhone .

What is a phone to you and what sort do you have?

Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

10 thoughts on “A phone is a phone is a phone…or is it??

  1. The day my t500 stopped working was a sad day 😦

  2. You can never have too many Apple products! The all complement each other 😉 I get really attached to y phones and am quite upset about changing up when they give up the ghost. The only time I have eagerly given one up was for my IPhone 5. We kept our 4’s to put cheap pre paid SIM cards in in the UK.

  3. Ahhhh, I can’t believe you are such a phone freak!! How many have had had?
    I well remember the first time I saw a mobile phone,it was the size of two house bricks, and had a heavy duty handle on the top,to carry it by. That was around 23 years ago, if my memory serves me correctly.
    I have owned a grand total of 2 phones, both very simple affairs, the second only replacing the first to enable me to have a bigger screen, as my eyesight failed me. I expect to have it for a few more years yet , although I am a little tempted by the iPhones, and the lure of having the Internet at all times.
    Good Luck with your search:)

    • I have had too many phones to remember Bronwyn. The precious ones that I wrote about we’re my standout ones lol. I remember once being asked if I had inherited my mum’ s genes of excessive shopping or my dads frugal ways. I realised the excessive shopping gene was recessive ( and like all recessive genes may not show much but it’s there haha ) in me except for appeasing my love of gadgets which was definitely a trait I inherited from my dad…. That and the desire to solve that eternal rubic cube puzzle ( which my dad did eventually do in a manner different to mine which involved a few sticker relocations lol one day I might try to really love it – bucket ls stuff )

  4. I’m very fond of my iPhone, because of all the features. Yes I cheat while watching millionaire by safari-ing the answers, play WWF and check Facebook. Occasionally I even ring someone.

  5. Wow! I’ve never been that into phones. I had an old NOkia for years and years and only got myself an iPhone when it died. For me, they’re just tools. But I love your collection!

    • Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my collection. Its harder now though with the smart phones and iPhone to find unique styles. I think i shall have to resort to accessorising the phones instead of fast replacing (which probably isn’t a bad thing lol)

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