My antipathy for fancy phones

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Submitted: October 24, 2011

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My antipathy for Fancy Phones

The mobile revolution in India began as I joined by first job. It was a good feeling being  able to talk to anyone any time. It was a new found freedom and the best part was that it was affordable. Then the price wars began and soon each operator was outdoing the other. I must admit, the original price war was lead by Reliance and then TRAI stepped in to stabilise the prices. It was an amazing feeling being able to talk at unheard of prices. But soon I discovered that my expenses on phone began to increase despite the low prices as I would talk not only to my near and dear one but also make new phone friends as this had become an interesting pasttime.

Few years passed by and now it was a different sort of revolution that was taking the country by storm. Mobile phone had become a status symbol. Each one wanted to flaunt the latest model, the latest ring tone, the latest design. I couldn’t have avoided not being a part of it as there was novelty involved and soon I was spending large sums of money on new phones. It seemed to have become the single largest drain of my hard earned money. I graduated from a Rs 3000/- phone to a Rs 8000/- one to one costing Rs 20000/-, which was more than my monthly salary. When I look back now, it seems an insane decision, as the phone merely lived about 2.5 years. It was heartbreak when one fine day its screen turned blank. A repair of Rs 3500/- gave it a lease of life for another month and it conked off again.

Flash Back- My parents worked very hard to save money when we bought out first 21 inch Colour television and a 200 litre fridge in a Diwali combo offer about 15 years ago for Rs 20000/. It was the largest purchase they had made their entire life. It was celebration time as we relished this large TV with latest channels. The TV served us almost 10 years before it was damaged in a house shift and the Fridge continues to serve like a loyal friend.

Present Time- Youth seems to have been positively blinded under the effect of innovative marketing and a culture of pomp. While I have made my share of mistakes as well, it’s my duty to put in the wisdom earned for others here. So dear friends, while it’s very easy to lose context with the best in business luring you to buy the most avant-garde of phones with fancy features, apps and what not, it’s time you stepped back and tried to harness the true potential of your/ your parent’s hard earned cash.

I understand that peer pressure is vicious in current times and one needs to be accepted in his friend’s circle and so the need to show off your gadgets. My advice hence is to manage the peers rather than be managed by them. How do we go about it?

Here’s my plan. Invest in 'substantial' assets. I firmly believe that the life expectancy of a phone today is about a year and whatever the amount you spend can only buy you recognition till the next model hits the market and that’s not going to be long. So if it’s the style quotient among your friends is concerned, why not lead rather than follow.

For instance, why not invest in a Adidas Carbon shoe (worth 7500), or a Police shades(Rs 8000) or the latest mountain bicycle(Rs 26,000). Trust me, you will grab more eyeballs than your peers and what's better is that such assets will last as many years you want them to. While your friends waste their pocket money on latest gadgets why not outdo them by investing on a guitar(Rs 10000), or upgrade to an electric shaver (Rs 1800) or a pair of in-line Skates(Rs 8000). Imagine skating along the Marine drive (you are bound to get more eye balls than you ever imagined).

Believe you me, soon you would be leading the way among your friends rather than catching up the technology geeks.

This is Just a friendly advice to all my young friends here as I feel that the youth is being cheated by these Mobile phone producing MNCs. They are making you pay for their R&D for the next phone. In effect, you are financing obsoletion of your current phone model.

If you believe in what I say, give this article wide publicity so that we may suitably guide the youth to purse wholesome interests.


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