When I was a sophomore in college, I suffered a telecommunications disaster. My cell phone, my connection to the outside world, my precious link to friends and family, suffered an early toilet-related death. One accidental splash into the bowl during a bathroom break between classes, and I was lost. Unmoored. Adrift. Caught in a limbo with no means to reach Mommy. At the time, it was 2007, and our campus was free of payphones. (You know, those gray boxes with corded phones you used to see in the old days?)
Once classes were over for that day, I headed back to the dorm and used my suitemate’s cell to call up my parents and boyfriend back home. I’d be incognito for a couple days, I informed them sadly. Till I got time to buy another lifeline.
Eventually, I did get another phone, the cheapest I could find. A $45 Samsung; no camera, limited internet capabilities, but plenty of dropped calls. I consoled myself with the fact that I could at least call home again.
Maybe you’re a student in the same situation as myself—cell-less, or at least, craving an upgrade. But you don’t have to settle for a $45 Samsung like I did. Take advantage of Verizon wireless’s special student discount! Get a free BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone after a $100 mail in rebate, or a free LG Cosmos after a $50 mail in rebate. These offers also come with complimentary Bluetooth technology or a silicone case.
You also may want to take advantage MetroPCS’s deals. They offer plans for Blackberry phones at a flat rate of $40 a month! This comes with unlimited talk, text, and web. So obviously, you have a lot of options. Get a great deal on a new phone. Just make sure to not drop it in the toilet!
-Megan, Trinity University