December 2, 2021

The Driver’s Ultimate Cell Phone

For Christmas 2008 I received an Apple iPhone as a gift from my wife. Okay, I picked it out, but it really was a gift from her. I’d been eyeing them lustfully ever since Apple introduced the original iPhone in 2007. However, I was a long-time Verizon user, and of course the iPhone works only with AT&T (without jailbreaking it, which I didn’t want to be bothered with). From traveling all over the country, I knew Verizon had the best wireless coverage overall, so I was very reluctant to switch. Plus my extended family is on Verizon, so there was the “in-network” advantage of staying with Verizon.

The iPhone kept beckoning me, however, so I finally did it — I switched to AT&T and got the 16GB white iPhone ($300 with a two year plan; the 8GB version is $200). I’ve not regretted it for a day since. AT&T’s coverage has gotten much better the last couple of years, and it’s very rare (so far) that I’m in an area where a Verizon caller can get online that I can’t. The carrier for the most part has become a non-issue.

So why is the iPhone so cool? Here is a list of some of the things I use the iPhone for almost every day. Most of these are applications that either come with the iPhone, or are free to download from the Apple iTunes Store; a few cost a dollar or a little more.

  • Google Maps (including satellite views)
  • GPS positioning and directions
  • Clock, Alarm Clock, Timer, and Stopwatch
  • Calculator (including a scientific calculator if you need it)
  • Email
  • Web Browser
  • iPod (all your music with you all the time)
  • Notepad
  • To Do List
  • Calendar and Schedule
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Text Messaging
  • Digital Camera (2 megapixel)
  • Photo Album
  • Address Book
  • Flashlight
  • Tally (count passengers as they board)
  • Radio (news and traffic anywhere in the country)
  • TV Guide
  • Google Earth
  • Auto (or bus) Records (gas, repairs, etc.)
  • Movies and Theater Info
  • Restaurant, Hotel, Shopping Info (location based)
  • WorkLog (personal time clock to track your hours)
  • Currency Converter (nice for trips to Canada)
  • Books (I have over 150 right now, mostly free)
  • Newspapers (USA Today, NY Times, etc.)
  • Dictionary
  • Bible
  • Entertainment (games, fun stuff)
  • and more! Oh, and it’s a cell phone, too — a really good one!

Can YOUR phone do all that? Do you need all that? Well, maybe not, but it’s sure nice to have. Waiting for your group will never be the same again! There are currently more than 25,000 applications for the iPhone. Apple sold 17 million iPhones as of the end of 2008.

The iPhone is such a groundbreaking device, in my opinion, that I plan to post more over the coming weeks about how I use it for some of the applications listed above. Meanwhile, you may want to do some homework and check it out online on Apple’s iPhone site. Oh, BTW, Apple just announced a major software upgrade coming for the iPhone this summer — and probably new models, too, so it’s going to get better and better!

Have comments to share about this article or about the iPhone itself? Do you have one? Are you using a similar but different phone? Please don’t be shy — take advantage of the comments section below, and share your thoughts.

About Bob Bergey

Bob has been driving motorcoaches since 2002, in every state east of the Mississippi and a few west, as well as the four southeastern-most provinces of Canada. In addition to driving, he's an avid photographer (and former professional), enjoys writing and technology.