I hate phones.
I got rid of my landline very, very soon after it became feasable to do so. Early 2000s. I dislike cell phones just about as much. Android is a decent operating system. Does the thing. I don’t know if they make Windows OS for phones, but I’m researching how to do an end-run around all of that stuff.
I don’t need a palm-sized computer in my pocket. It doesn’t do anything for me that I couldn’t do 43 times better by pulling out a tablet-sized computer. If I had a decent Surface Book, I could run Blender and draw in Photoshop and take notes and browse the web without straining my eyes and use a Bluetooth keyboard to script and so on and so forth, and it could fit in my guy-purse (heh).
Now, I can carry both a cell phone and a tablet, and for the most part that’s what I do now… I haven’t upgraded my tablet to be a really nice one that runs Blender, but it’s an Android with 4GB RAM that’s good for browsing the web and consuming media.
But if I could get rid of my cell phone entirely, I’d could take the money I spend on my phone and use it for something that makes more sense for me.
Two notes: I never call anyone unless I absolutely have to, and nobody ever calls me, except for like if I’m on the phone with tech support for something and they ask if they can call me back.
There are two problems that I can see:
EVERYONE requires that you have a static phone number. Want to apply for credit or a place to live? You need a phone number. Need to text someone? You need a phone number. Paying for something online? Yep. Phone number.
I’m not often far out out of WiFi range. I don’t go mountain-hiking or anything, and when I’m out of WiFi range, like at the park by the lake, I don’t want to use an electronic device anyway because I want to watch the geese. However, it might help sometimes if I was able to access a wireless network for things, so whatever I replace my cell phone with would need to have at least limited access to an xG network (probably 5G by the time I figure out how to do this).
Has anyone researched this sort of thing?