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blackberries and Blackberries

 

To me blackberries are a sure sign of summer and are a wonderful way to fill a pie crust or a jelly jar.  Hand-picked homemade blackberry jam spread on warm toast is culinary nirvana for its simple sweetness.  How things have changed.  When my cell phone (Rachel and I don’t have a “land line”) finally went kaput the other day, we went to the Sprint store where they basically “gave” us an upgrade to Blackberry phones in exchange for extending our contract for two more years.  SIGH, ply us with free phones and then soak us with our bill, I'm sure.    SIGH, so we did….and so far I am not a fan of my Blackberry.  I liked my minimalist, big-button razor phone.  The Blackberry is like carrying a mini-computer and I alraedy felt too “connected” as is.   My mother left me a phone message this morning  - about something not very crucial.     An hour later, she calls back  “didn’t you get my message, you didn’t call back?”    One hour had passed.  Do you remember the days when we all just had land-lines, an answering machine and if someone was gone they were gone.  A person left a message and just patiently waited - 5, 6, or 7 hours -  until a person returned.  SIGH, times have just changed so much when it comes to communication.  There are great things about cell phones, Blackberries, etc...but I am not sure that constant connectedness is one and this Blackberry phone simply magnifies the speed of life. (DOUBLESIGH, I'll be the first to admit that maybe in a month I'll be wondering how I lived without my Blackberry, but that, to me, is equally frightening)

By the way, Blackberries – ironically – are produced by a company located in the heart of Canada’s Amish country.  Blackberries are made by the company “Research in Motion” based in Waterloo, Ontario.  Rather ironic.

Do any of our site visitors have Blackberry phones?   How do you feel about them?  So far I hate mine, but maybe over the weeks ahead I’ll grow to get used to it….

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I will take the blackberries you eat any day!  We just have basic cell phones with the cameras.  We have a small texting package (125 messages a month for each of us).

I remember party lines, calling our own phone to make it ring and some of the other things mentioned here!

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My cell phone was $45.00 and I never used all the minutes and they didn't rollover. So after meeting the 2 year agreement, I went to a non-contract phone, now it costs me $15.00 a month. From $540.00 to $180.00 a year!!!! :) :) :) It's just a basic phone, thats all I need.

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Well, as much as I love Amish lifestyle, I love my Blackberry! Why? I use it for 3 things.  Calls, text to my son, and calender to remind me of things I usually forget.  I got the Blackberry on ebay.  when I called US Cellular, I told them that it was a phone. they signed it up and I don't pay the extra per month. i don't need it for emails.  I have the model 8703e which is getting to be rather outdated, but i don't need a silly camera or mp3 player.  since I have such a memory (it's good, just short), I really like having something to remind me of stuff.

Blessings,

CarylAnne

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I am trying to find an old black rotary phone on ebay because I am determined to show that it is unnecessary to depend upon cell phones that do everything but kiss you goodnight. I keep a cheap Tracfone for emergencies, but have never text messaged anyone and never will. I cannot understand the obsession with keeping in touch with people constantly. I am old enough to remember that when you dialed someone and they weren't home, the phone just kept ringing. When they were talking to someone else, you got a busy signal. You hung up, and dialed again later. We live in a strange world, indeed.

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If you have read my previous posts, you know that I agree with you 100% !!! Absolutley(sp?) NO ONE needs a phone stuck to the side of their head 24/7! My Lord,the west was won without ANY phones...men landed on the moon before the cell phone craze...and on and on...don't get me started. As a side note, I have a rotary phone..it works fine..you just can't do the "press 1 for...press 2 for..you just have to hang on the line and wait for a human!!!

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Barb,  I pressed 1 the other day for English and I got someone in India.  I said I pressed one for English.  The phone call was just to complain about something not an important call so I hung up.

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We had trouble ordering a movie on the tv.  Colin called the satelite people and had to try and explain to the girl on the phone why he couldn't read the tv screen while talking to her.  He said 'I can't see the tv from here', her answer 'walk  over to the tv', Colin's answer 'can't it's attached to the kitchen wall', girl's answer 'on the wall???'.  It was all Colin could do not to ask her 'how old are you'  :)

Kevin if you feel too connected just remember there is a magic button to fix that -the 'off' switch!  I almost never have my cell phone on, it's just for emergencies and when I'm travelling.

 

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for the girl who was 'trying' to help your husband with the tv, i would say that SOME OF US DO NOT NEED TO BE WORKING IN CUSTOMER SERVICE. hope you got the problem solved though

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The picture of the blacberries is the jar made my mouth water,it looks so good!

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I have a basic tracfone. I used my daughter-in-law's blackberry while I was with her this summer in Philadelphia.  I had to have quick instructions on how to use it before she was admitted to the hospital.  I was lucky to find which button to hit to answer and hang up..LOL!  My husband has a verizon phone with camera and texting and a few other perks which we have no idea as to how they work. But the plan was just right.

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All we use are pre-paid TracFones, LOL We got them when our parents were elderly so we could be reached in an emergency if we were at the campground. We mostly use ours to text, unless we are camping, then my daughter keeps in touch by calling.

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We don't have fancy cell phones. Both are plain, and neither takes pictures. We had texting for a while, but have dropped it, didn't need it- and it was an extra expense.  Everyone I know who's had/has a blackberry, hates it, the constant interuptions, every time some one emails you; your going to be notified.  And the services are so expensive. We have a basic landline phone in our home and high speed cable internet service. Our cell phone, home phone and internet are from three different  companies.  Our car has a built in phone and Onstar, if we re-activate it- it's prepaid minutes though.  I do however, love, the summertime type of blackberries, yum!

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As I've said before, cell phones annoy me. The guys have them for the dump truck and welding..but that's it. We had our internet,tv, and phone "bundled" thru our cable co. We do not like the phone service at all! I will be changing back to a landline  soon. Talking of old rotary dial phones..were any of you ever on a party line? I grew up with those,and when we first married in 1977 we had one for about 3 months. They were crazy!! It always seemed you had at least one nosy-rosy that would listen in!

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omg, I had forgotten about party lines, when we were first married we were on a five party line, one old battle axe would talk for hours and hours, to the point where I had to interrupt and ask if I could call our pediatrician a couple of times, she was nasty and I swear I could hear a slight click after I called, I think she listened to all my conversations, man, I don't miss them at all........

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hey barb, i can remember the 'party line' that our parents had, i think it was in the early '50s. we kids would get on it and listen to all of the women talking on the phone. we heard some, what we thought was 'juicy stuff.' when mom and dad found out, we were not able to sit in a chair too good....anyway, it was fun while it lasted..lol

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aaaahhh the good ol' days!  We had four people on our party line...we were two short rings! 

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Oh so funny! My folks house was 2 shorts. Sometimes, when my grandma(from 20 miles away )visited, she would mess up and answer the short and the long. My mom would get so embarrassed! There were also 4 people on ours,most of the time friendly..but 1 nosy (I suspect lonely) older lady,who always listened in. Also,wasn't it neat how you could dial your own #,hang up and it would ring? We got into alot of trouble doing that one!!!

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Yes, it was always funny when people would visit and our phone rang for one of the other parties.  Our company would look at us like "aren't you going to answer that?"  Then we would have to explain it's not for us.

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My uncle's cottage still had party line back in the 90's.  I accidentally answered it on the first ring one time, but luckily it was for us anyway  :)

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I have a Motorola Q9c which is Motorola's version of the Blackberry & it has a camera.  I love it for the keyboard when texting - which I do a lot!

And I remember when we didn't have an answering machine (got my 1st in about 1989), had phones attached to the wall & growing up our phone # was Mohawk......  I remember when we only had to dial 5 digits as well.  I still think most of the time in 5 digits if the phone # starts with 66, but now they have added other groups here locally, so those I think in longer #'s.

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I have a Cricket cell phone for 2 years.  I'm pleased with it.

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I don't have a blackberry, but I do have a cell phone that takes pictures and has internet, etc. But I remember when all homes had a simple basic black dial phone, no answering machines, no voice mail and phone numbers when I was a kid were not all numbers, for example ours was midway 95178, Kevin, I'm sure you think I am ancient, but I am only fifty three.......lol

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My husband and I are looking to upgrade to Smartphones in the next couple of months, though we won't be getting Blackberries.  There is an additional charge that goes with owning one (at least on Verizon's network).  We're looking at hTc models featuring the Droid software (similar touchscreen phones like the iPhone).  I do think I will miss my plain old phone, but texting (which I rarely do) is annoying on the number pad.

I'm sure you'll grow to love your phone!

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SIGH, that is exactly what worries me, MweisgerberSmile

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we have verison..that is spelled wrong, but i tried..lol. our phones have internet connections, e mail, photos, texting, calculator, and a few other things. i really do enjoy having my phone and we would feel alone without them. the phone came in handy, when we were stranded in a snowbank in the recent snow storms that we had here in ohio. we were able to be located by using the GPS system on our phone, if not we would problaby not be here...so they are a good thing to have.