When the iPhone 6 was announced in September 2014, I knew I wanted to order one.
The 6 Plus didn’t appeal to me; it was too big. I couldn’t be swayed with longer battery life as I carry around a Mophie in my bag wherever I go and I have a charger in my home and my office.
In fact, in the 5 years I’ve had an iPhone, it’s only died on me once. Once! So I went after the 6.
In November, I decided on a 16GB iPhone 6. I was due for the upgrade thanks to T-Mobile’s JUMP plan, and since I’m no longer on the family plan, making the switch was surprisingly easy!
I didn’t have to call my parents for the last 4 digits of their social security numbers or answer their parental demands of why I needed a new phone; didn’t I have other, more important things to spend my money on? Was I saving enough? Had I signed up for my 401K yet, by the way? And hey, what was wrong with the phone I had now?
So why 16GB? I’m not a big app user, I use Spotify but my phone isn’t loaded with music, and I don’t download movies and TV shows.
16GB, at the time of purchase, seemed like the perfect amount of space.
I was wrong.
Storage nearly full.
Your phone is full, your phone is full, your phone is full. That message will haunt me forever, even now that I’ve upgraded to 64GB.
It seemed that within weeks of purchasing the 16GB iPhone 6, I was constantly making concessions in order to get everything I wanted on the phone.
“Oh, you want to take 50 photos? You can only take 37 because you have too many photos already,” my phone would tell me.
I scrambled to delete Facebook more than once in the time I had the 16GB phone in order to free up space. Often it was a good method, but sometimes it wasn’t enough. Why was I paying so much for this phone if I wasn’t even able to use it without having a panic attack?
I made my bed, so I decided to lie in it.
I realized pretty early on I had screwed up, but I wanted to be an adult about it and live with my terrible choice. I dusted off my old iPhone 4S and loaded Spotify on that phone instead, making all of my music available offline so that I wouldn’t need to be connected to wifi to tune in.
This worked for a little while, but people on the subway often made faces at me when I would pull out my iPhone 6 to browse offline articles or emails but keep my iPhone 4S on my lap and plugged into my ears so I could listen to music. I was literally holding two phones, stacked on top of one another. I looked like an idiot.
The way TMobile’s JUMP plan works is that you pay $10 a month as part of your phone bill in order to be able to upgrade your phone every 6 months (most carriers only let you upgrade every 12 or 24 months.)
You pay somewhere between $120-200 as a down payment for the new phone, and T-Mobile buys back your current phone, as long as it’s in good shape. Then, you pay between $20-30 a month as part of your phone bill to pay down the full-price cost of the phone.
I got the iPhone 6 in the middle of November, so I would have to wait until May to be able to upgrade, or, in my case, get the same phone with more storage.
May wasn’t too far away, I figured.
The breaking point.
I went to Oaxaca, Mexico several weeks ago, and left my Nikon DSLR at home because the iPhone 6 camera is just that good.
I was snapping photos of everything!
Then, as I was trying to take a selfie standing in front of some Zapotec ruins (as one does), my phone, of course, told me there was no more room to take photos.
The internet in Mexico is sub-par, so I couldn’t just push 280 photos through Dropbox while standing on top of a mountain full of historical stone ruins and go about my day.
So, first world problems alert, I was forced to take photos with my iPhone 4S for the remainder of my 2-week trip.
And those photos were fine, but they would have been better on an iPhone 6. Much better.
As I paid my $130 phone bill in mid-February, I realized I was throwing money away every month to have a phone I could barely use without giving myself a headache.
I marched over to my T-Mobile store and explained the situation. I figured they were going to tell me I was SOL and I had to wait until May for my JUMP upgrade when they alerted me I actually hadn’t used my upgrade when going from the 5S to the 6.
Something had gone wrong in the process, they explained, and I was just given the 6 without it registering in my account that I had “jumped.”
Their mistake, not mine, they promised, so I was able to use my upgrade and buy a new phone.
I was thrilled.
“I want the 64GB iPhone 6,” I told the sales associate.
“But you already have the 6,” she said.
“I know,” I told her, “it’s a bad phone. Not enough storage.”
She thought I was crazy, essentially paying double for the phone I should have purchased in the first place, but she set me up.
Life is beautiful.
Now, I’m using a 64GB iPhone, and I get a cheap thrill every time I download an app and check to see how much storage I’m using. Currently, with my phone loaded with music, apps, and photos, I’m at 11 GB of storage.
I doubt I’ll ever get to 64GB. I doubt I’ll ever hit 40 or even 30GB of storage. This was the rationale I used when I purchased the 16GB; why purchase all of this storage I will never, ever, utilize.
Because in order to enjoy your iPhone to its fullest capacity, in order to get what you’re being told you’re paying for, you have to.