This Is Why I’m Not Taking My Phone To India Tomorrow
Published on April 18, 2013
Matt, We just spent three months in India without a phone. I did break our camera and video camera during that time. Travel can be hard on electronics! I do have to say I love Kindle for reading during trips--a pile of books in the backpack is a bit heavy and I love the dictionary feature on kindle. Hope your time in India was wonderful. Seems like most people love India as much as they hate it! Lisa
India is an intense country - I don't think any technology could really come between you and experiencing a busy market. I spent six months there last year, and only had a very basic phone and most Indians I met laughed at it. Indians' love for phones is almost as strong as their interest in foreigners, so as a phoneless white dude you will be an endless source of fascination. Even on my first trip there in 2009 I was surprised by how popular phones are. Villagers living in a bucket under a piece of corrugated iron would still have a phone. I upgraded my phone when I left India, but I wish I had taken a better one with me. Your new Indian friends will be very frustrated they can't text you.
I had a great time Lisa. And there were very few times I missed having a phone (it would have been fun Instagraming some of the other sites, but I was already taking pictures/video as it was).
I'm starting to consider an iPad Mini though, I did find myself watching old episodes of Community late at night before going to sleep, and it'd be nice not to hassle around with booting up my netbook everytime I wanted to watch something (and to easily access wi-fi which seems to always be problematic with netbooks).
Carolyn: It's true, Indians do love their phones, and they do love allowing them to ring for about 30 seconds before answering them so you can fully appreciate their ringtones. I'm still glad I left mine at home. I may invest in something cheap for the future for basic texting though, that would alleviate some issues. Anyways, my new Indian friends seemed to be content adding me as a friend on Facebook.