12 Things That Happen When You Ditch Your Smartphone For A Back-Up On A Night Out
Another university year has begun which means a lot of nights out, but we’re all as accident-prone as ever. So I decided to leave my iPhone at home and buy a much cheaper “night out” phone as a back up for Freshers’ Week.
Here’s why I did it and what will happen if you do too.
1. We’ve all seen someone do this…
2. And react like this.
3. So I got a Nokia 530 and a Three pay-as-you-go SIM card to go with it.
No way was my precious new iPhone being dropped in a beer puddle. The contract insurance costs more than the back-up phone and SIM combined.
4. And left my iPhone at home each night.
5. You feel a bit lost to start with.
If you’re used to mindlessly scrolling on your phone whenever you’re in a queue or there’s a lull in conversation, it’s a bit weird having a phone for just the essentials.
6. It’s a bit awkward having to give everyone your new back-up phone number.
Not ideal if you like your spontaneous nights out. You also won’t have access to any of your social media accounts straight away.
7. But you start to realise you’re enjoying your nights out more.
Without all the absent-minded, needless use of apps I was freer to be ‘in the moment’, dance and speak to people IRL.
8. And who doesn’t like a selfie?
On a non-front-facing camera phone…
9. Though you do get jealous of people at the bar with their flashy phones and unlimited contracts.
At this stage you’re also still going through the annoying adjustment period of figuring out how your back-up works. The regret is real.
10. But then you remember YOUR flashy contract phone is safely at home. Where it should be.
Intact and ready for you to take to uni or work the next day, where you actually need it.
11. And that your back-up phone will still do everything you need it to.
All of those drunk texts and taxi calls are sorted.
12. In the end you just have one less thing to worry about on a night out.
It doesn’t have all your personal details on it like your regular phone would, so you have a lot less to lose if anything happens to it. Plus the battery of a back-up lasts way longer – it’s like having a Nokia 3310 all over again.