This blog, unlike my other blog, has been consistently technical and serious. So, I thought why not break the monotony and write something lighter?
Before about 3-4 years, I got my first smart phone – HTC p3400i. You may not believe, but I am still using it! Anyways, going back to those days, 3G was yet to be released and we had only EDGE. I thought something is better than nothing, and bought it especially for Internet browsing (due to its large touch screen).
I used to follow a lot of blogs and I wanted to be able to read and comment on them using my mobile phone. In my line of work (back then), I had to wait endlessly at certain places and I also had to travel quite a bit. So, I thought having a touch screen phone with Internet access might make things more fun.
It was, but each action has an equal and opposite reaction, right?
My first mistake was flaunting my new smart phone in the office. Obviously, my boss got to know about my new phone, and its capabilities. From that time, he used to casually call me, where ever I was and ask me to send mails to anyone at anytime! Before that, I used to call him and asked him to send mails on my behalf!
People are social animals. They like to share good things. So, my boss tells all our major customers that I have a touch screen phone with Internet access. So, once I get a call from a customer,
“Can you please confirm this by mail as soon as possible?”
“Sorry sir, I am outside now. I will go back to office in the evening. I will send a mail by then”
“Ha ha. I know you have a new touch screen phone with Internet access. Just send a mail from your mobile”
Then, the news spreads even to my Head Office. Someone from head office calls,
“Why don’t you send a follow up mail on this matter immediately, marking a copy to us?”
“I am outside right now”
“I know you have a new mobile with touch screen and Internet”
At that time, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the news of my new touch screen mobile with Internet ‘capabilities’ was featured on the front page of the local news paper. It was so popular!
Till then, I just had intrusion in the form of calls to my mobile. It was enough if I promised people that I would complete my work once I reached office. But now, I had a mobile office in my pocket! That means, work anywhere and everywhere!!!
Of course, there is an equal and opposite reaction to work, as well. So, I got to read all my favorite blogs and comment on them in-spite of these unwarranted interferences! 🙂
How do you use your mobile? For FUN or for WORK?