The Land Before Wi-Fi


Ashleigh Bethea, Staff Writer

Picture this:  You’ve just sat down to a five star entrée at GDH when suddenly a heavy thud shakes the table and ripples the water in your glass. Horror stricken, you turn your gaze to the source of the sound and see something more terrifying than an ancient reptilian carnivore – an analog cell phone has appeared beside your tray (Warning: objects in the mirror are older than they appear).

Fortunately for the students, this is not Jurassic Park. This is Presbyterian College, and old phones are far from extinct. A good portion of the campus population still carries around these artifacts and makes use of them daily.  Perhaps those who have moved on to newer devices have forgotten, but having a prehistoric cellular device comes with plenty of perks.

Paul Rice, a junior at PC seems more than content with his phone. When asked what the best thing about owning an old phone was Paul had this to say: “I don’t care about it getting torn up. I paid like $12 for it and it works for me.”

Meghan Mast said the best part about owning a digital dino is “not paying $30 a month for a data plan.”

Sure smart phones have addictive games, helpful apps, high resolution cameras, and Wi-Fi capabilities, but who needs all of that when your phone has character?

Meghan’s phone has plenty of character and according to her it has the amazing ability to shut itself off “every 5 minutes.”

Parker King, another junior, notes that her phone has an interesting quirk as well. She says “Sometimes when I open it, it turns the screen upside down.” Talk about charisma.

For all of you brave souls out there who still rock the old school cell, remember this: It’s not just a phone – it’s a piece of history.