My cellphone is now on. I will be picky about distributing the number, because minutes will be limited for daytime weekday hours. (Well, not so very limited during the three-month promotional period, but more limited after that expires, because I will go with the lesser-expensive option and do things like try not to talk to people when I have limited minutes.
A cellphone is not entirely necessary, but it does make more things an option for me. My sanity and getting to talk to Darkside regularly is one of these things; with a decent cellphone, I can do things on weekends and not have to worry about forfeiting my time on the phone with him. Unless it's a situation where I can't quietly excuse myself and go and call, I can try at whatever time I think is best, and if he should call back, he'll be able to reach me.
Getting stranded in odd places at odd hours will also be less of a problem. Being out of the state for a few days here and there will be less of a problem -- I have "local" coverage in not only Phoenix, but also most major metro areas of California, and lots of major metropolitan and roadside areas across the country.
I am testing the text messaging feature. So far, the attempted post-by-email text message has not posted, nor has the test message from the LJ text message tool arrived. Bah. And the Qwest webpage, http://www.qwestmp.com, does not play well with Firefox. I am mildly vexed.
Also, my voicemail does not yet exist -- it seems to redirect to my home phone when I call it from my cellphone, and my answering machine will pick it up. Which is handy, but I would like to be able to access my messages, please...! ...ahh. So that's how you play with that feature! ...though I still don't know exactly how one does access the actual messages, at least I can log in with the security code.
There's game tonight. I'm not sure whether I'm going to go hang out, going to go get a little grocery shopping (and car refueling) done, play with the phone some more, or just go to sleep immediately.