Adino’s Ancient Handphone

I thought I’d want to blog about my handphone today.

As you can see, it’s an older model Nokia. I don’t even know the model name. I borrowed this phone from my sister two years ago. And I’m still using it today.

The screen is cracked because I sat on it. There are countless chips and dents from when I dropped the phone.

Sometimes I wonder why I don’t upgrade to a newer phone. It’s not that I don’t have the money. The issue is, I’m not willing to part with the money.

Sometimes people don’t seem to understand why this is so. Sometimes even my wife questions me.

If you think that the money used to get a decent hand phone can be used to pay for one month’s housing loan payment, you’d be unwilling to part with the money too.

Each ringgit I spend today means paying the bank RM1.50 tomorrow.

There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with this Nokia phone. It still functions well. It’s just that I don’t get to snap photos. I don’t get any cool ring tones. The games suck. The keys stick together sometimes.

People look at me funny when they see my phone. It’s like:

1. *Stare*… “what… is that thing?”
2. *reach into pocket*… “ooh I got to check for messages and show off my phone at the same time”
3. *put down their phone on the table, next to mine*
4. *Stare at me with a smug look*

Everyone does this to me at meetings. I’m not bluffing.

Even the lady who cleans my office toilet has a better phone than me.

She puts her phone next to mine before she goes in to clean the toilet. (Okay, she doesn’t. But I swear I can hear her using her GPS).

“Walk one metre to your right. The pail is under the sink. Walk one metre backwards. Scrub 100 cm to the left. Rinse forty two cm high at 45 degrees angle. “

I think I’m developing a condition I call hypo-fossil-paranoia. It’s an enhanced sensitivity to other peoples reactions to my old stuff.

Got any cure for this condition or not?

19 thoughts on “Adino’s Ancient Handphone”

  1. It’s okay brother, my hp is older than urs, hahaha… Thinking to change it but still using it after thinking for 3 years 😛

    Adino: I hope we can keep thinking for another 3 years!

  2. You’re not the only handphone cheapskate… I had to change my hp last year and that was only because my old one didn’t work anymore. I delibrately chose the most basic hp that doesn’t even have colour. No camera, no hi-tech stuff inside …which to me just ain’t necessary. A phone is a phone!

    Adino: Don’t la say we are cheapskates… we’re frugal

  3. i guess it’s just the 4 of us then. i’ve had my phone for 7 years now 😀 i should give it a birthday card.

    Adino: 7 years! You have a very good phone! I should get one of those too.

  4. is ok…my phone is incredibly older and cheaper. plus, the battery keeps dying on me. that’s how cheapskate i am.

    Adino: Battery needs replacing then, unless you’re charging your phone at work

  5. Did you say sticky buttons? I can do without all those fancy features, but sticky-buttons is something I don’t think I can tolerate, though. Still, if you think your phone can still last for a few more years, then it’s OK to stick with it.

    Adino: I tried cleaning the keypad… it’s better now

  6. Eeeps! Me better not blog about my *new* phone anymore, hor? LOL.

    Adino: Yours was stolen mah, so it’s different. I still wanna read your review, so I know if it’s worth getting one too (you know, in case I give in to a temporary moment of insanity while confronted with a pretty persistent sales girl).

  7. You’re not the only one. I don’t really care about phone in particular, was using a similar general to this one until my mum cannot tahan and got me a new one. Haha.

    Adino: You’re so fortunate! If only someone could buy me a new phone too!

  8. >>Got any cure for this condition or not?<<

    Sorry, no cure.
    ALL my nurses have much better phone than me.
    I only change phone whenever my phone got taken away by snatch thief (rolleyes)

    When I walk inside the phone shop, they will intro all the nice canggih phones, and I will say: anything below RM300?

    Wah. You can really see their face change

    Adino: Hehe I can imagine the face.

  9. OH my, Adino you must hate me then….I can’t begin to count how many I’ve changed in these two years.

    But I have a good reason. My parents or brother’s old phone will die then I will buy a new one and give them my old one. Is that a good reason? 😛

    Sigh don’t be so stingy la. I wish I got money to buy for you. Maybe we dutch again for your coming birthday ok? Hhaha, then come up your stairs again!!

    Adino: Uh uh… not stingy. I’m just being wise with my money.

    Don’t need to buy for my birthday la… got extra money must save!

  10. nokia phones seem to last kinda long eh? my previous phones were all nokia and they were all so durable.. me being clumsy and dropping it so many times and all.. it still functions.. haha but all the old phones are passed on to my dad or mum now as i get new ones hahah.. all still functioning.

    Adino: Actually I think older model phones last longer, probably because they were made with stricter QC. I keep hearing newer phones going dead after one year.

  11. pai seh lor..
    i just changed my nokia phone to sony ericsson one one month ago i think because the fone sot sot tei..

    Adino: My phone also sot sot tei sometimes 🙁

  12. Thats my old phone too! And its my wife’s ex-phone which we use by putting Happy in it as a home phone! Anyway.. wait for the iPhone 2.0 if you want to change. Its a good phone anyway – I think its a 6610.
    WHO cares if the toilet cleaner has a better phone?
    My former receptionist has a better phone than me.. but who has a better pay?

    Adino: We’ll see how much the iPhone 2.0 costs…

  13. Honestly, i only use those basic functions like calling, receiving, smsing, ringtones, bluetooth.. that’s all.. other features like gprs, mp3.. I dun really want also..

    If you got the basic things, i think should be good enough liao.. no need fancy handphones la

    Adino: I agree!

  14. It’s great that you use a hp that works. Isn’t that what really counts after all?

    Read a timely reminder in a personal finance handbook ‘don’t covet. There will always be people with bigger houses and more toys.’Even if it’s the janitor 🙂

    Adino: Yes, that’s what really counts in the end. And thanks for the reminder about not coveting.

  15. hahaah i am using my old 3120 too, been using for more than 3 years but still in good condition.. though my friends keep asking me to change it!

    Adino: Don’t need to change la… join the Ancient Handphone Club!

  16. this post has opened up a closet-full of people with ancient hps & i’m stepping out to join the crowd. (mine is a 5yr old nokia.)

    Adino: I never realized there were so many of us!

  17. Dear Adino,

    Hah, I say keep the old handphone. As long as it’s usable, why change it? Lower radiation also mah…Me, I haven’t even got my first handphone yet, despite the insistent urgings of friends, colleagues and relatives….

    Hehe… And yeah, it’s good to be frugal! I think HP should be changed only once every 5 years (MINIMUM) 🙂


    Adino: I agree… I don’t think I need any of the new features in the current phones (thought GPS will be a nice toy!)

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