Imagine a week without the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy in exchange for an old school Razr flip phone. Think you can handle it?
The Internet service provider Frontier Communications is the “someone” in the question, and it’s just launched its “Flip Phone Challenge” apparently right in time for the 30th anniversary of the first Motorola phone with a clamshell design, the MicroTAC that was created in 1989. Frontier is especially looking for smartphone addicts and people with a strong social media presence and/or who are willing to vlog about their experience.
Frontier Bundles wants to know as its offering one “lucky winner” $1,000 to use a flip phone for a week while abandoning their smartphone. Frontier Bundles describes the candidate for the contest as “a self-proclaimed smartphone fiend who’s always up to date on the latest tech news. They’ll be organized, detail-oriented, and willing to persevere.”
Never fear, though: Frontier is also throwing in a “survival kit” to sweeten the offer. What’s in the kit, you ask? Why, a physical map, of course, to make up for the lack of GPS in your phone. Also, they’re throwing in a pocket phonebook, so you can write down numbers you’ll need for the week, plus a notepad and pen as well as a few 90s-era CDs to help ease the pain of a Spotify withdrawal.
If you’re chosen, you’ll be responsible for using a flip phone in place of your smartphone for seven full days (that’s 168 hours!), and we want you to log your experience.
and the company explains,
We’ll have you track (don’t worry, your info stays safe with us!) how long it takes you to do basic tasks such as texting and checking email, how many times you wish you could Google something, how many hours you slept
and much more. In order to be selected, entrants must fill out a form and explain in about 200 words why they’d be a perfect choice.
“Our ideal candidate will be a self-proclaimed smartphone fiend who’s always up to date to the latest tech, news. They’ll be organized, detail-oriented, and willing to persevere,” the page reads. More than 30,000 applicants have signed up for it. If you think you can do it, follow the link to enter the competition and tell them why you are worthy for the challenge.