One month gone, and $10 with it
My monthly spending on my mobile phone has reached a new high.
I could blame, perhaps, the demise of Free TXT Weekends, which limited my spending to five dollars a month. Now, I’m committed (well, voluntarily committed) giving up ten dollars on the eighth day of each month, for a bunch of two thousand text messages at my disposal. As the second period for me starts today, I am now twenty dollars poorer than I was two months ago (which, for me, is a lot).
I do suppose I shouldn’t complain about it; if I really wanted to be so conservative with my mobile use, I would have refrained from it in the first place. A limit of 1.6 messages a day, however, seemed unlikely, and it seemed far more economical to give in the Vodafone’s giant promotional campaign. So, I took a deep breath, shut my eyes, crossed my fingers, dived in and hoped for the best. (What “best” I was hoping for, I’m not exactly sure.) There is no better description of the consequences than a line of Vodafone’s marketing campaign: “It’ll change the way you’ll look at your mobile!” Indeed, it committed an essential reform of my mobile use habits. My sister did warn me mobile phones were a money drain. Now I’ve been sucked in.
The rather over-sized limit resulted in a conscious carelessness with my text messaging use, which resulted in my sending a total of 668 text messages in my first month of TXT2000. Just quietly, I’m almost quite proud of myself: while I did not make it to the halfway mark, I well surpassed the five-hundred barrier that Telecom imposes on its customers, a sign that the dive was worthwhile after all. Did I need to send all 668 of those messages? Probably not; if you wanted to be picky about it you could probably go as far as to say 600 of them could have been avoided, though to be fair, only a handful were completely pointless.
The next question is if I’ll be able to outdo 668 messages in the coming month. The question a bit further down is if I’ll be able to cancel TXT2000 as the 2007 school year starts, as I’ve been planning to, to avoid depriving myself of 120 dollars a year. I know the answers to neither of those questions. Predictions welcome.
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