As a happy (rabid!) technophile and consumer of all things Apple, I was bummed when I first learned that Verizon wouldn’t be an authorized provider of the iPhone.
The product roll out was scheduled right as I would be cashing in on my “new every two” discount which Verizon uses to reel in all of us tech junkies. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, you get a “free phone,” or in the case of brand-loyal consumers like me who must have smart phones, you get a $100 discount toward a pricey model.
From the time of my first PDA purchase (a Handspring Visor, seen at right) and the old bag-style cell phone I picked up from Verizon so many years ago, I knew I would be first on my street to snatch up a smart phone as soon as they were introduced. That was Treo #2, and I’m now on #3. I couldn’t wait for the day when the merging of my iPod with my smart phone would be possible.
With the advent of the iPhone, that day has arrived, but not for me.
I’m way too invested in Verizon’s family plan approach to jump to a different cell phone provider, so had to opt for another Treo this month instead of the iPhone.
Seth Godin references the story behind the story on how Verizon was given the first crack at the iPhone, over two years ago.
Reading Seth’s post made me stop and think: Do we need all of this technology?
In my early years as a virtual assistant, I really was on the go alot, meeting clients, marketing, and networking. That first Handspring Visor went everywhere with me and I really did depend on the calendar and contacts list.
Today, even though technology enables VAs to be mobile, the reality is that I don’t conduct business away from the office so much any more. The calendar I depend on appears right there on my monitor. I predict that other veteran virtual assistants find they are settled in to providing recurring services for existing clients from their offices, too, and that they burn less gasoline and require fewer road warrior tools than they did when they were starting out.
Once you identify and hone your virtual niche, you may discover you do not need multiple phone lines, or computers or smart phones or Garmins or Tomtoms. In fact, we recently disconnected two of our landlines here, not because business is slow but because we found ways to work smarter (Skype, cell phones and email trump those landlines.) I probably don’t even really need that smart phone any longer: knowing how to use all its functions makes my heart sing, but it’s more of an addiction than a requirement.
Now that I realize that I can live without that iPhone, like Verizon, I can “just say no” (ok, I really do want one; maybe in a year or two when the price corrects). Take a look around your shop/studio/office at your own technostash and tangle of chargers and accessories.
Could you just say no, too, to acquiring any more pricey toys that you don’t really need?