Naked Without a Cell Phone

I used to have a recurring nightmare about being naked in public. Over time it evolved. Now I’m fully clothed, but missing my cell phone. I think I prefer the old dream… at least I could call someone to bring me a bathrobe.

Most of us would no sooner leave home without our cell phone than we would our wallet or car keys. In fact, there are apps to start your car and pay for the groceries (plus tell you how to get to the store), so you really need only the phone.

Ironically (or maybe by design, for you conspiracy theorists) the more we depend on our mobile devices, the more dependent we become on cell service which, as you may have heard, is not so great lately. What’s the deal, Sprint guy who used to be Verizon guy?

I’ve heard lots of not-so-plausible excuses from the ever-revolving cast of employees at my local phone store. So I Googled “why is cell service so bad” and got nearly 10 million hits. The short answer is that we use our phones too much and for too many things. Between streaming music and movies, reading the news and Googling “why is my cell service so bad,” our demand is outpacing the installation of cell towers.

When you hop online to search for ways to get out of a traffic jam on a physical highway, your contributing to the traffic jam on the information (not so) superhighway.

Don’t worry folks. There’s a solution. It’s called 5G. When 3G couldn’t cut it, we got 4G LTE. Of course, our old phones couldn’t handle all that extra juice, so we had to go out and buy new phones. Now that 4G is obsolete, they’re gonna throw in an extra G. Yeah, that ought to do the trick. It looks like another trip to the phone store. Talk about nightmares!


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Chris Prickett
Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the last 10 years. He has been a columnist for 13 years. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.
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Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the last 10 years. He has been a columnist for 13 years. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.

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