I had an iPhone for a few years and loved it, except for the awful service from AT&T where I couldn’t ever get 3G, or any internet at all, and usually couldn’t even make calls in some places. Once I moved away to college, the service got worse and my dad and step-mom decided to switch us all to Verizon. I got a new phone, a Droid Eris. At first, I loved my Droid. It was cute and I got a new iPod Touch to make up for no iPhone. Alas, the love between the Droid and I has taken a turn for the worse. I am itchy to take a chance on AT&T again to get the new iPhone 4. My dad has set down the deal, though, and it doesn’t look very good for me. He will pay the monthly bill if I switch back to AT&T because it doesn’t cost anymore than what he pays for me now and he agreed to pay my phone bill through college. But I have to pay for the new iPhone and the cost of stopping my line with Verizon, which will all come out to about $450. That is $300 for the phone and about $150 for stopping my phone on Verizon. $450 is more than one entire paycheck for me! This is a matter of economic equality in fact; $450 is a huge portion of all my income, it is a tiny, almost microscopic portion of his income. His firm charges almost that much per hour for him to do the lawyer thing. For the same reason we have a progressive income tax system, I demand a progressive Megan iPhone Plan.
I can usually whine to get my way with my dad on these things, though there is an art to whining just enough that I can get my way but not too much that he gets annoyed. He has also grown more resistant to whining as I have grown older. I seem to be left with little respite and no means of arbitration. If you have any ideas, now is the time.