Haven’t done that yet. On my part it is an aspect of hating all manner of telephone usage and its hideous ubiquity in modern affairs. So, landline or cell phone, for me it’s WTF? I hate them all. Phones, who needs ‘em? That’s why God invented email.
Part of my balking motivation stems from the fact I’m old and curmudgeonly and grew up in the era of party-lines and rotary dialing. Part of my motivation stems from the fact I was a newspaper reporter for many years and got tired of some asshole ringing up to inform me that he/she had spotted a typo in the 2nd paragraph of some piece of dreck about a drecky council meeting and “if this happens again, I’m going to cancel my subscription.” I normally resisted the impulse to respond with “oh, please do.”
But, the biggest part of my telephone antagonism arises from the fact that I live in Canada. Canada, for those unenlightened as to our reality, pays the highest cell-phone rates in the entire world. This is no exaggeration.
How can that be? Well, you might ask that. That can be because there is a widely-held misapprehension about the Great White North. And that is, we are exactly like the US only politer. Well, wrong on a number of counts. In the first place we aren’t more polite at all. The other wrong assumption is that our economy is a free-market economy like that of our brethren to the south. That is just not so.
Our economy, except at the lower levels of commerce, is a series of government protected monopolies that royally screw the consumer at any turn they can and they can get away with it. We have a tiny number of cell-phone subscription options and they all charge virtually the same rates to subscribers and, unlike those in other countries, we don’t have the option to shop around for a better deal. All those wonderful plans advertised on US TV channels are off limits to us because the feds control it all and they look out for their friends. We (the users) aren’t their friends, by the way.
So, if you are pissed off in Canada in being stuck with a cumbersome, hugely expensive locked-in phone plan, then “tough patooties”, say the feds despite the suggestion those strictures are about to be eased according to the latest news.
Again, we do not have a market-borne economy. We have officially sanctioned cartels. Much as is the case with the petroleum companies that do not compete, they merely fix rip-off prices that bear no resemblance to the actual per-barrel cost of oil these days.
But, that’s OK because it seems that our banking magnates earn (no, that should be ‘make’) among the highest rates of executive pay in North America. Glad somebody is doing well.
OK, now I’m going to take off my curmudgeon badge and go out in my free-enterprise garden.
And haven’t yet made any decision on the telephone matter.