Well, today my brand-spakin' new Kyocera K-7 Rave, Virgin Mobile phone arrived via FedEx from Amazon.com. So, I'm officialy a member of the mobile phone world once again.
Of course this phone is pay-as-you-go, and I intend on milking the free $10 worth of airtime it includes, for all it's worth. Eventually a $20 top-up card will be needed (and can last up to 90 days) but for the amount I'll use voice, I think I can go a while on ten bucks. We'll see. :-)
I was very impressed with my dad's Kyocera Rave phone, which I'd taken along to California for PalmSouce DevCon. The battery life was great, size small, and the sound quality was good too. All in all, a great, cheap ($70) piece of hardware.
I'll carry it to call others, only turning it on to receive calls if I'm working away from the office or am expecting a call. I want to take good advantage of the SMS messaging via email -- to save voice minutes for short messages.
I'm mostly pleased about adding a mobile phone to my life, though it, like any gadget, requires care and feeding, charging, topping up and carrying around. But that's a tradeoff I've decided is worth for the usefulness of the phone.
Now, I just need to pick a cool faceplate at eBay, to customize the Rave a bit... I don't want it to look like every other Kyocera out there, after all. :-)