You may take my data plan but you can’t take my apps

Countdown begins 1 year and 72 days. Thanks AT&T, because that is how long I have until my contract expires and you ding me with “new” data limits.

I am just not a data limit kinda girl. That’s not how I roll.

Didn’t you hear my beloved Mac is coming out with a new toy? A toy I must have as soon as I can upgrade (1 year and 72 days, but who is counting).

An app-tabulous invasion of the 4th kind.

Please tell me you don’t want to cap my app and data surf obsession with loopholes and limits. Hello? It’s a 4. Look I use at least 2GB of data now and I only have 3GS iPhone. I don’t know where you get your consumer numbers, but they are all kinds of wrong about a measly 200MB data use . And with a new processor, faster downloads, and more apps on the horizon – listen and hear Apple roar!

I can see you don’t believe my data obsession. Fine.

Let me take you through a day of the app that’s called my life. This is a reenactment, any similarity to your iPhone app day is strictly coincidence. Dates and times on iPhone will be incorrect. Mkay?

6:30am- My iPhone alarm wakes me.

I check my email, and my text messages before I even get out of bed. Hey, you never know, it could be important. I might have missed something in the wee hours of the night.

I check the weather.
Of course, this time of year in Texas it’s the same. HOT. Triple digits. ORANGE pollution alert. Did I mention HOT? So that’s the weather til…..oh…..about November, maybe I don’t have to check that app anymore.

If I snoozed on my alarm (I did, trust me, I did) then I might not have time to catch up on the local news. No problem! There’s an app for that.
Headlines check!

Maybe it’s time to make the donuts, or go to work. Let’s see, I need my keys, and my iPhone – purse optional. Heh!

The new stereo in my car (Sydney’s car) has a direct plug-in for my iPhone. A USB connection to get clearer sound. You can listen to your music or even a podcast wherever you go. No headphones needed.
It’s super cool. My new car MUST have this option.

I guarantee you by noon, I have visited these – my most favorite – of apps.

I’ve also opened safari to surf the web, read and comment on blogs, plus ask Google a question. I mean you can’t get through a day without needing a Google answer, right? Most recently I even used my IMDB app to search for a movie in the works. I wanted to know what actors were cast and see if they matched who everyone in the office decided should play the roles. It’s a favorite book we collectively read being made into a movie now.

Lunch time? Can’t decide where to go or what to eat? No problem.
Flip a coin app.

Not sure how to get there? Use the map app to search and route from your current position.

While going to lunch, I’m stopped at a stoplight and see this guy…
I deftly snap a shot with my iPhone camera. I don’t want to miss the SCARIEST Homer Simpson – ever. He has to be sweating.

If bored at work (okay – that NEVER happens), so let’s say – if riding surviving in the car with a teenage driver. The game apps work great to take your mind off it. Bubble pop and Simon says are very addicting and time-consuming.

I balance my bank accounts – on my apps. Pay bills – by app. Record a voice memo. Make a to do list. All by app.

End of the day, I try to exercise. I like the gym okay, but my favorite exercise is riding my bicycle. Most especially when it’s 100 degrees out and I can at least feel a breeze when pedaling fast. Walking or running? Forget it. I’d end up a puddle half-way out the door. I ride about three miles down the road to a local city park. It’s got TONS of trials. The scenery is spectacular; winding paths, wild animals, and beautiful trees. I’ve seen an armadillo, a brown snake, a green snake, and to date TWO bobcats. I only got a picture of the armadillo. Frankly, I am NOT stopping to ask a snake or a bobcat to say cheese, just sayin’.
iPhone pic of an armadillo.

Now I’m a little obsessed with apps, yes? And I REALLY like knowing how many miles/minutes/calories I have burned on my little bike adventures. That’s where my handy-dandy runkeeper app comes in. It does more than running, oh yes, it does cycling too. Now I know my little trail ride that I love to traverse is 12 MILES. Yeah!

After a long app filled day. I cuddle up with my iPhone and turn on my irelax app.
I drift off to sleep meditating to sweet ocean waves while a flute plays. Goodnight mail. Goodnight safari. Goodnight tweeps and Facebook peeps.

This was my day, and I didn’t even scratch the surface of apps. Didn’t you see this new unveiling?

My current app obsession ends 1 year and 72 days. New app obsession to begin soon. iPhooooonneeeee 4!

AT&T you are going to make a bundle on my data plan.

49 thoughts on “You may take my data plan but you can’t take my apps

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  2. LOL I love this post! I heard about this as well… so uncool. I can’t imagine living without my phone, which is probably an unhealthy obsession. I love your run-down of the day! Thanks for always giving me the laugh I need! Love you dear friend!


    1. Kellene – I kid in this post about my data use. Honestly, I don’t use 2GB (yet), but if I had more surfing power – who knows, right?

      I have an unhealthy addiction too! Please no one create an iPhone anonymous group. HA. ♥ U back!


    1. Andrea – Oh my goodness! I can’t imagine. It must be a HUGE phone. J/k! I lived without it before and I probably could again (somehow). I just think it’s the coolest thing, though! When you do upgrade, you will be so shocked!


  3. Oh, this is so 2010! 🙂 I loved your post with the pictures. Very entertaining.
    I have a colleague with the same” Obsession”. She has all of that and more, like the kindle and the I MAC. I am so not like wanting that. But in a way, I can imagine people like these gadget. My phone is almost 3 years old. I will have a new one in September, but it is not something I am looking forward to that much.
    Have a wonderful week,



    1. Ellen – Yes, Jason has a mac and just got a new 17inch laptop mac. It’s to die for! Of course, I would love an iPad but don’t see the point unless my eyes start to go.

      I enjoy having everything in one place. Without this phone, I’d need a watch, a phone, an iPod, a Garmin, a phonebook, a map and a seperate computer. That’s one heavy back pack!

      Basically, I have everything in one and it fits in my hand. I think you will be surprised at your options and the user friendly new phones out there. 🙂 Wish I could go shopping with you!


  4. Sounds exactly like my day – LOL!!! I am a little addicted to my apps – particularly Twitter, Facebook & Pandora. I love how google talk makes that funny gibberish sound when it’s searching for the answer – have you noticed that? Hold it up to your ear 🙂


  5. I got my wife an i touch. She loves it. Just starting to use apps. I’m still a dinosaur, but I’m gearing up.

    I’m just too cheap right now, and not cool enough to get an iphone. But I’m jealous of everyone who has one.

    Funny post!


  6. OMG! I haven’t a clue what this all means! Does this mean I am way too old to be hanging out with you? Please don’t tell me that! I have some questions about this post, but I am embarrassed to ask!


    1. Judie – Oh laws no! Of course not, listen, I grew up with a techy step dad. It was my enviroment. He made stuff – like robots. Seriously…

      I wish you would ask. There are no embarrassing questions! (not here anyway) 😀 I’m all ears and my iPhone recorder. LOL.


  7. And in the middle of it all you write a blog post and check out your favorite blogger to leave nice comments there too, because I have seen you there Ha Ha

    How long do you have now? 🙂


    1. Jimmy – Wow, how did you know? It’s so nice to surf whenever I want, especially blogs. I don’t prefer commenting by iPhone only because it’s painfully slow and I’m a really fast typer. 🙂


  8. you almost, just almost, make me want an iPhone to begin with!! I’m truly in love with my Crackberry, and drooling for a Droid…my contract is up end of August….not that I want to wish the summer away, but C’MON!!!!!! lol


    1. Missy – 4 BILLION apps ’nuff said. HA. I love the Droid commercial, sooo cool! Still…..I think Apple has the edge. I think August you need to look at all your cool options. It never hurts to look, right?


  9. izziedarling

    Love this … am Iaddicted. Check out the free Naturespace relax app )so good. Was actually in iStore the other day – have phone and MacPro – but was wanting iPad. Couldn’t justify – no texting, no camera.


    1. Izziedarling – Oh yeah……would love an iPad! Same reason though 😦 My fiance got me hooked on Apple. He got a brand new Mac, then iPhone, and now has macbook pro (top of the line) through work. Niiiiice.

      That Naturespace app is the BOMB! I can tell it will be my new favorite. How cool is that??? Technology amazes me.


  10. Any chance you’re a South Park fan? You could always freeze yourself until your contract renewal :p

    I hate, hate, HATE AT&T, but somehow they always get me to renew.


    1. Lamb – LOL! Too funny! I have crappy credit and since I was with AT&T before my credit went to crap, that’s who I ended up with. But hey, I can’t complain! iiiiiiiiiphone!


  11. Here on the East Coast its all about Verizon (AT &T has horrible reception!) – so I’m already envious of your IPhone! But I love my Blackberry – and the unlimited data plan that I take full advantage of!


    1. Shayna – I never dreamed I would like a touch screen. Never. I think I’d like the Blackberry just for that reason – having a keyboard. And yes the unlimited data! I did hear that another network my take over Apple products in the near future. Hmmmm….


  12. I found your blog looking at old SITS posts! This post is SO ME. It’s almost time for my husband and I to renew our contract so we can get the new phone as soon as we save up enough to get 2…or forgo food for a week or too. I too use my phone basically every waking moment…and some half awake moments when I am nursing my son at night. The change in data plans is going to leave us very very broke.


    1. Laura – Is it bad if I want to salivate when you mention renewal of contracts and PHONE shopping????
      Nursing and surfing has GOT to be the best. I remember the waiting involved, plust I bet it keeps you awake too.

      Hey it’s okay if you have to eat Ramen for a while……..right???


  13. haha~ Awesome post! My morning routine is just about the same. Not sure if I missed it in your post or the comments, but you don’t necessarily need to “upgrade” to the new plans
    “So here’s the deal: if you are a current smartphone customer you’re not required to switch to one of the new plans. However, if you’d like a data plan more tailored to your needs, you can switch to one of the two new plans we’re introducing. ”
    via –!/ATT?v=app_10442206389

    So I’m crossing my fingers that I can keep my data plan, upgrade to iPhone 4 and they roll out video calling over cellular!


    1. Pop – Oh interesting! I didn’t realize that. I thought if you upgraded to a new phone the new 2 year contract puts you under the new data limits. Your way….THAT would be ideal. I hope you get to do that as well! I want to hear all about the iPhone 4. I’m not eligible for an upgrade for a while. 😦


      1. Same here. Plus, I never buy the initial releases of any Apple products – it always enrages me when they up the storage level and leave the price the same. But man does it look cool!


  14. O.k., so here it is–just what do you do with all those apps? Do you find new restaurants? Do you shop? Do you research? I see the ads on t.v., but it seems that those are for folks a lot younger than I am. Also, it took me forever just to figure out how to store people’s numbers in my phone. Finally, was it expensive?


    1. Judie – Anything you can do on a computer, you can do on iPhone. Surf the internet. Get your email. And it even has a built-in iPod for songs or podcasts.

      The apps are like mini programs with graphics made for iPhone to make them easier to read and use on the little screen, rather than say squinting at the same thing and trying to read what would come up on the internet.

      As for restuarants, there is an app called Urban spoon. You can pick the restuarant or food type. Then it shows you the ratings, reviews, where it is on a map.

      For shopping, there is an Amazon app, and a Craigs list app. I’m not a big shopper, so those and petfinder are all I use. But you have regular internet as well. So yeah, shopping is unlimited!

      It’s not just for young people. Not so at all! They have so many different things. Discovery Channel, Puzzles, card games, youtube, banking, stocks, weather, vocab, dictionary, American greetings, language apps and many other things. I have a carb counter and sparkpeople app for diet and fitness. They have a step counter app or my runner/walker/cycler app. Tells the distance and pace when I am outside. It has streaming music like Pandora. News stations. CNN. Twitter. Facebook. I could go on and on.

      I think it’s VERY user friendly. It was definitely easier than all my other phones. You just touch the screen. Read the info. Sometimes I get confused on a new app (Southwest) but once I figured it out it was easy. Yes, you can book and purchase airline tickets on Southwest all by app.

      It’s pretty cool stuff. You can go to any APPLE store and play with them to try them out.

      If you are just getting new service, the phones range from $99-$299 (before iPhone 4 that is).

      Hope that helps!

      disclaimer- I don’t work for Apple. HA.


  15. lol I do remember the days when all I had was a pager. I would go crazy without my phone. I do not do all of the other stuff…yet. 🙂 Thanks for a fun post. Great photos, as usual. 🙂


  16. I just wanted to come by and wish you a very happy time blogging. I will be on vacation. I will do my very best to get to a computer.I may have to leave a quick comment, but you will know I have been by. I will also be checking my blog for comments left. So, if you leave a comment….REMEMBER…Make me SMILE. Thanks to you all.


  17. I wish I was techno savvy instead of a technomoron! I have my Droid and and still trying to figure him out and my teen just zips through stuff left and right! Ahhh the young mind! 🙂


  18. I just read about this new data plan horror! I don’t currently have an iPhone, but I desperately want one and now I’m worried about overage charges. Thanks a million AT&T! 🙂


  19. Wow, the iPhone is cool and all… don’t get me wrong. But daannnnng what’s with the overages? That sux a$$! Happy to have my Sprint (Palm Pre) all inclusive $69.99 plan.

    Love your blogs about the day in the life with your apps 🙂


  20. blissbait

    You are SO funny! This post of Yours reminds me of the episode of South Park where Cartman wanted some computer game to come out so badly that he decided he couldn’t wait three weeks and froze himself…only to be unfrozen five hundred years later when the technology was obsolete! You might have refered to that in Your post. I must confess, much of this was like Japanese to me. I don’t think there’s a techno-bone in my body…..but You made me smile and one year and bibbably bobbaly days from now I’ll be smilin’ for You! 😆 Thanks and Cheers and Namaste. 🙂


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  22. Well…I thought I knew what an app was, but apparntly I don’t. I thought apps was just games and such on Facebook and Myspace, but you make them sound like everything and every website. I guess phones are a lot different than computers. I will probably never have one.

    Hope it all works out for you and your addiction!


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