I held out for as long as I could, but the time had come: if I wanted to be kept in the loop I needed a cell phone. I was in my first semester of college, and it hadn't struck me until I lived in the dorms that EVERYONE but me had a cell phone. Needed to make a phone? Well I'd bust out some quarters and try to find a pay phone, or whip out the calling card with only 6 minutes remaining on it. Ah, the good old days.
So I talked to my brother and he recommended Cellcom, a smaller cell company that was local to Green Bay. We went to the Wausau store and I went with one of their cheapest plans because, how much is a manly man sans girlfriend going to be talking on the phone. This was for emergencies only, I told myself. I picked out the free phone, a Kyocera K493LC. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but it had a built in flashlight. How cool is that? I ended up wearing out the flashlight on that phone, mainly because I used it to blind people, search for stuff, etc. It would constantly drop calls, it was darn near impossible to text, and the ringtone I chose was terribly annoying, but I loved that little bugger.
So tell me folks, just how crappy was YOUR first cell phone?