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I've Been Re-Mobilphonized

RaveWell, today my brand-spakin' new Kyocera K-7 Rave, Virgin Mobile phone arrived via FedEx from 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. :-)

Reader Comments (3)

I can't _believe_ it doesn't run Palm OS, man! ;->
April 7, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
you realize, of course, it's just a phone w/ Sprint service, right?

April 8, 2004 | Unregistered Commentermacfixer
Yep, that's a good thing, since Sprint has pretty decent coverage in metro areas and in the US. Worked great for my CA trip since long distance is included in the 25/10 cent rate. :-)
April 8, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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