This was a blog post I had intended to do for a little while, but the timing now makes me look a bit more…smug!

My eight-year-old Orange Siemens phone.

My eight-year-old Orange Siemens phone. In a slightly worn condition.

So, why do I still have my eight-year-old Orange Siemens phone, a device that was considered an entry-level low-budget gadget even back in 2003? Well:

* My phone doesn’t cost £499, nor does it have a £1,000-a-year contract. Which is useful, during a recession.
* My phone makes phone calls and sends/receives texts. AND IT WORKS WHILE DOING SO. My considerably more expensive Nokia N96, used for work, sometimes refuses to acknowledge I’m typing in a phone number to dial, or refuses to get a dial tone going. No such problems for the Siemens.
* It has stored up eight years worth of predictive text in its dictionary, so knows if I’m writing, for example, ‘Dowling’ and doesn’t get totally confused by it, insisting I’m writing ‘Fowlgmi’ instead. Like that’s a word.
* It’s big enough to be noticeable if I’m carrying it or not, but not so clunky it’ll barely fit in my pocket. Not always the case with other smartphones. It also means the keypad of ample size doesn’t require my fingers to be as sharp as needles to type anything coherent in.
* If the battery sign reads ’empty’, it means I have a mere four hours or so of battery life left on the phone.
* And charging it up takes about 30 minutes, maximum.
* No-one is ever going to be tempted to steal it, frankly.
* It’s not a Blackberry! (Side note- ‘What caused of the worldwide Blackberry crash?’ I know the BBC are making cutbacks, But what be of English fail it do here?)