On March 12th, my iPhone’s power button decided to sink in and become unusable. After asking around, it seemed that any attempt to fix it in Lebanon would render the warranty void, so my friend Ali agreed to do me a favor and I sent him the phone on March 14th to Canada so Apple could check it out.
Ali postponed his flight to Lebanon due to unforeseen complications and Apple eventually replaced my phone with a new one. How awesome is that?
But I’ve been without phone for a month.
Many people asked why I didn’t just use any other phone. Apart from the unavailability of any other phone (I’m not going to buy a phone just to use it for a few weeks), I also have to get my simcard replaced since my iPhone uses a microsim, which I decided not to do.
Instead, I convinced myself that I’d be sort of giving up my iPhone for lent.
So what did I learn from a month of being phoneless?
Well, for starters, I found out that you can actually go by without having a phone. It may seem hard at first, but once you and your friends adapt to the idea of finding alternate ways to communicate with you, the idea becomes bearable and ultimately, you simply get used to it.
Also, going off the grid (at least in that department) can be relieving sometimes. Having a phone constantly buzzing (especially an iPhone with the torrent of notifications you get from its apps) can stress you out. Moreover, in certain circumstances, owning a phone tends to blow things out of proportion – we’ve all been through periods when, in moments of anger, we send out texts that we regret later or make calls without judging the potential repercussions. I’ve been through too many of those circumstances this past month and being without phone can be considered as a way of counting till ten.
However, I do miss my iPhone, particularly since many people decided to buy one during the month that I’ve been without mine. Also, walking to class without listening to music is boring. I’ve found myself humming on the streets of Beirut to weird stares more than once. Moreover, the vast array of apps I had on my phone kept me entertained in my very boring classes – which are many. So I’ve resorted to doodling. And I’m not very good at that.
So dear iPhone, although it turned out that I could live without you, I miss you. Please come back soon?