How to Destroy Your Cell Phone…and Why You Should Do It

If you’re anything like me, you keep constant tabs on your cell phone. It’s your leash. Your connection to others who are so very important to you. Regardless of how often you actually answer it, etc, and like with checking your email, you’re obsessive compulsive about seeing if anyone called.

I’ve been looking at this trip to push a lot of my boundaries…something to use in order to force myself to redefine various realms, definitions, and characteristics of comfort.

On this trip, one of those ways is through my personal connectivity. I want to know what it’s like to free my mental time and space for things other than checking my cell phone or worrying about if I’m connected or not.

Now, I don’t have a choice. It’s not convenient for me or others, but I won’t know how truly valuable that convenience is until I remove it from the equation.

By destroying my cell phone, I’ve made myself virtually unreachable and unable to reach others when I may need to do so. I have backups, such as using Skype through my cellular internet card, but it’s far from convenient or luxurious.

By trashing my cell phone and getting a Skype phone, not only do I reduce my personal and business operating costs from over $80/month to $6 per month. This $6 gets me unlimited call time to any land line in the United States. I can call any other Skype user in the world for free. For an additional $3 per month, I can place unlimited calls to land lines in an additional 28 countries.

I can do all of this…so long as I’m within range of an accessible WiFi network.

From many perspectives, this makes sense.

From many other perspectives, it doesn’t.

And that’s what I’m about to find out.

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Comment by Andrea Lee
2007-10-01 07:05:10

Hey Ben! Your website Rocks! I love reading all your stories about your adventures on the road! You are more brave than I my friend…destroying your cell phone! My work would probably fire me if I did such a thing! JJ and I are back from D.C and can’t wait to see you here in Chicago! Let us know (however you can)when you’ll be heading our way!
Be safe Ben and let us know if you ever need anything!
Andrea

 
Comment by Al
2007-09-28 09:40:41

“I’ve been looking at this trip to push a lot of my boundaries…something to use in order to force myself to redefine various realms, definitions, and characteristics of comfort.”

List of other things to put on the list:
Lug nuts
the letter “R”
The Beatles
throwing stars
16 guage insulated wire
packaging peanuts
Barry Manilow

 
Comment by Duane
2007-09-28 09:23:02

Saw your post and thought I’d share the link to the best free wi fi locations in the US. Hope it helps.

http://www.wififreespot.com/index.html

 
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