Tuesday, May 02, 2006

My Camera Phone

I did not plan on getting a camera phone, but when my phone contract came up and I got a new, no-cost phone, I ended up with a camera phone -- only because the shape I liked had a camera in it. I did not expect to use it at all, but have surprised myself, and I think my family as well. I have photos of my family to attach to their phone numbers as Caller ID, World Baseball Classic festivities and close-ups of players, shots of the sidewalk vigils outside the house of the recent Seattle shootings, as well as my beloved cactus flowers. But, I don't send them to anyone (I tried once, actually, but it was too difficult for me to do.)
So, the headline "Few Camera Phone Users Send Photos" was no surprise to me. I like taking my personal pictures, quickly, with no hassle. But no one else will care about them. I did note that hundreds of people were taking camera phone photos at the World Baseball Classic Finals, but have no idea if they sent them off to someone, or just kept them stored to review or share later. It is a good way to mark a moment that you are enjoying, so when you are waiting somewhere you can flip through your photos like a photo album of good memories.
I guess that some of the carriers anticipated that cellphone users sending photos would be a revenue source. When I saw that photos received from a family member cost me 75 cents each on my Verizon bill, I requested that they not send me any more photos, rather than signing up for the pix service. I may not be the only one that feels that way. They are cute pictures, but not at that cost.
The full article is here: