Why the English text
I’ll admit it. I like to talk on the phone. I will spend hours upon hours talking to dear friends on the phone. It makes me happy and collapses the distance between persons. As I have gotten to know more and more friends from England, I discover that they think my phone habits to be rather absurd.
Well, now I know why.
I went shopping today for a mobile phone as a way of being in touch with people. I thought I would bring my phone habits out of the early age of cellular phones and try to find a phone that would let me manage my email from the bus. So now I am looking at multiple functions on my phone.
I was a bit surprised when I actually looked at phone plans. I have grown totally accustomed to free nights and weekends calling. It’s one of the main reasons why I call people as much as I do. Calls are free when people happen to be available, so why not? I also love free in-network calling. Most of my friends have the same phone plan that I do so it works wonderfully. Again, if the calls are free, why not? It has always frustrated me a bit when I meet friends big on text messaging because for the longest time, I didn’t carry a text message plan beyond being charged $0.10 to send or receive a text message.
In England, you can reverse the standard assumptions. Here, it is fairly easy to find unlimited text options and you pay highly for the right to call people. Granted I may not be understanding the tariffs accurately, but it seems that people pay 20-25p per minute to make a mobile phone call. It doesn’t matter who you are calling or what time of day you are calling. One bright spot is that incoming calls are free.
At those rates, I think I’m going to get better at text messaging. And who knows? I just might break my cell phone habit.