As my poor old phone has definitely seen better days
I decided to upgrade to a shiny, new, rose gold iPhone.
I rapidly installed email, added apps, put in a U.K. clock as well as a Malaysian one and felt very tech-savvy and pleased with myself.
Then I thought that I should add the number of this new Malaysian phone to my old phone and vice versa, just so that they could get to know each other, in a non-threatening way.
I was busy doing this in a blasé, technophile fashion when my old phone rang. I didn’t recognise the number, so answered ‘hello’ in my best polite-to-strangers voice. I was very surprised when I also heard my hello coming from the new phone on the table next to me. ‘Is there an echo on the line?’ I wondered.
Then the realisation struck … I had just phoned myself; making an international phone call via England and back, in order to make contact with a phone that was approximately ten centimetres away.
Perhaps I’m not quite the digital native yet.