Remember when calling long distance in the US was a big deal? We used to give my grandparents in Cleveland and Florida calling cards for Christmas and rotate who calls whom in order to share the cost. Now I call my friends’ Milwaukee, Vero Beach and Los Angeles area code cell numbers without thinking about it and without being charged extra for it.
…Of course I don’t now. My Verizon cell of three years became a paper weight the minute the plane closed the cabin doors in September. Now I have a mobile phone with three numbers in it — Stephen, Ted the flat manager and Thai Smile takeaway. I have regular Skype dates with my family and keep up with friends on gchat and Facebook, but I still feel isolated sometimes (especially when our Internet is down — then I’m completely cut off from the world). Stephen and I were at a video game store last week and I wanted to ask my brother something. “I’ll just text him,” I said, and promptly remembered that I couldn’t. When I have something to ask my mom I can’t just call her — I have to email her to ask if she can Skype and hope she responds before the time difference makes it impossible to chat.
I guess I took my phone for granted in the US — I didn’t always use it everyday, but it was nice knowing it was there and my friends and family were an instant phone call away.
So, Verizon, Vodafone, Google — can we work on some affordable (emphasis on affordable) international calling plans? You did it with national long distance, what’s another ocean or two?