Saturday, January 03, 2009
Nokia, Connecting Parents
Wifey and I just bought Dad a cell phone today.
"Since his phone broke, he doesn't want to go out alone." Mom confided in me over the phone at the office last week.
She told me that Dad was unwilling to venture out on his own without a cell phone to call back for help if needed. It made going to the market for daily necessities a problem for both of them.
It is understandable that Dad felt that way. I would feel uncomfortable to go out without my cell phone with me too... and I am in good health. Many of us feel this way too. It is a normal for be dependent on a convenience that can also be a life saver.
Dad was right. While undergoing chemotherapy, the least he should have with him is a cell phone especially when he goes about outside on his own.
"No complicated stuff..." Dad explained, "just for calls."
With a price of S$60 given by Dad, it was a tough hunt for a new set, but for a first-hand older model, we took up the challenge...
Seven-Eleven sells basic function Nokia and LG phones for under S$70 without a plan attached, but for a cheaper price than this, I would have to bring out the bargain-hunting expert with me.
Wifey was all fired-up to shop for one for Dad. She armed herself with good walking sneakers, we went to Sim Lim Square this afternoon.
To get an even cheaper price, there will be lots of leg-work and acute bargaining skills involved. She has a this wonderful gift.
So hopping from one shop to another on the group floor, to all the shops up till the fourth floor, we finally managed to find the Nokia 1208 at a good enough price.
Yes, it is an older model but with color screen and an especially large fonts, ideal for old folks like Dad at one shop for S$50.00... down from the initial S$68.00.
If it was me, I would have settled for S$65.00.
I love you Wifey!
Dad will be so happy when we surprise him with this phone as a simple gift from us for the New Year. A new lease of life outside the four walls again for Dad.