Smart Phones…then and now

Each month I work with U.S. Cellular and tell you a little about the latest.  This is one of those posts.

Hubby and I were talking with our daughter Kalissa the other day and we were talking about a bag phone.  She didn’t know what they were.  It’s hard for to believe how phone technology has changed.  I remember in the early 90’s Hubby’s boss had a bag phone…remember them???

When Hubby first got a phone he had a bar phone and that’s the first one Kelli had too.  My first phone was a flip phone.  Slowly I’ve advanced through phones and now have a Samsung Galaxy S6.

For the longest time when the kids still lived at home it seemed like every Christmas and most birthdays, involved a trip to U.S. Cellular and a phone purchase or a phone upgrade for one of the kids.  Oh, I remember those days.  Happily phones were always a gift the kids loved.  If it wasn’t a phone or MP3 type device it was a computer or computer game that the kids liked best.  I don’t think that has changed….

As a parent who previously has gifted a new phone, I know I was super nervous about how our child was going to used their phone.  U. S. Cellular has a great parent/child  agreement between the two of you.  It’s a great way for you to talk about proper phone use with your child.  If you want to check it out, you can find it here.  I wish we would have had that!

Anyway….When I read the newsletter from U. S. Cellular, here are a few of the latest and greatest items that they think will be hot this holiday season.

OtterBox Commuter Case ($39.99): With defense against drops, dust and scratches, along with two layers of protection, the OtterBox Commuter case is sleek enough to easily fit in your pocket while also protecting against the elements, perfect for everyday use or for the adventurer in your life.


Belkin WeMo Insight Switch ($59.99): For the person on your list looking to simplify their life, the Insight Switch connects your home electronics to your Wi-Fi network, allowing you to turn them on and off from anywhere using your phone or tablet. It can also put your home electronics on a schedule as well as monitor your energy usage and send information to your phone or tablet.

Parrot Rolling Spider Drone ($99.99): For the fun-loving adult or child on your list, the Parrot Rolling Spider is an ultra-compact drone controlled by your smartphone. It flies indoors and outdoors with speed and stability, and you can take photos with its vertical camera simply by hitting the ‘photo’ icon in the accompanying app on your smartphone screen. Its detachable wheels make it easy to roll from the floor to the ceiling.

Samsung Gear S2 ($349.99): Perfect for the health conscious person on your list who wants to stay connected, the Gear S2 makes it easy to take charge of your health while also staying up-to-date on to what is important to them. The Gear S2 monitors daily activities, counts your steps, and measures your pulse as well as your water vs. caffeine intake. In addition to answering calls and texts, the Gear S2 also makes it easy to read an email, check out a map, listen to music or access your favorite apps right from your wrist.

As I read through those descriptions of the latest and greatest I couldn’t help but be in awe of where we’ve come in my life time with phones….From a one phone rotary dial in my parents house, to upgrading our phone with a LONG cord when we first married, to a cordless phone to WOW..phones that can organize our lives, entertain us, keep track of our health and even run a drone.

I just can’t imagine what will be next!

2 thoughts on “Smart Phones…then and now”

  1. We recently got new phones, and my husband bought two Otterboxes, one for each of us. We sent mine back because it wasn’t slim enough to fit in the pocket of my slacks or my hand. It just made the phone too large.

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