After giving it a lot of thought and consideration, I decided that perhaps it was time that Amanda had a cell phone of her own. I know that there are kids much younger than she who have had cells for probably longer than I have but until recently, I didn't see the need for Amanda to join the masses. Now that she's in high school and staying after school for activities, etc. it seemed like a good idea which I hope I don't end up regretting.
I got in contact with my carrier, Cingular, and changed over to a Family Plan and ordered a second phone. I decided that I might as well get something out of this deal so I ended up giving Amanda my old phone and I am keeping the new one. It has a camera which I may never use but I'm thinking it would be nice to have "just in case". The only complaint Amanda has is that my new phone has a built-in ringtone that she likes and can't get on her phone - awwww ...
Working a job where the phone rings on a constant basis, I'm not all that enamored of telephones - cell or otherwise. Generally by the time my day has ended at work - be it an 8-hour, 12-hour, 16-hour or more day - I have had it with the phone and about the last thing I want to do is go home and spend vast amounts of time with the thing glued to my ear. I do make exceptions to this though - after all, it's hard for me to be in touch with Cyndi other than via telephone and there are other people that I will answer the phone for but if I look at the caller ID and it's an 800 number or a number I don't recognize then chances are real good I'm not going to answer the thing. I consider Caller ID to be one of the top inventions of the past century and I'm not sure if it's one of the things I could live without at this point!
Amanda, on the other hand, is a teenage girl and, as such, she likes the telephone and knowing that there's someone on the other end for her. It always amazes me when she's on the computer IM'ing one friend while talking with another on the phone (or two if she's doing the 3-way calling thing she likes so much) but I guess that's pretty much the way it is with kids these days. At least they'll all be able to multi-task when they're adults!
It's been a long time since I was 14 but I do remember wanting to talk to my friends even though I probably had nothing much to say to them or they to I. It's one of the rituals of growing up and now Amanda can do it no matter where she is - as long as she stays within the parameters of our calling plan! However, I get the sneaky feeling I won't be rolling over 400+ minutes a month anymore!