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It’s impossible to foresee how long I’ll be able to do this, or how successful I’ll be. For now it’s an experiment, and here’s how I’ll be doing it.

I still have several months left on my 2-year contract with AT&T, so I will be hanging on to my phone for a while. For the past week, I’ve just been exercising self-control, trying to only use the phone and internet when I’m in the presence of WiFi. This was in order to build new habits regarding phone use in general.

This week, I’m switching off the 3G and Cellular Data options, perhaps turning them on once at the end of the day to check for any missed text messages from people I still need to inform about my new contact information.

I have already begun giving my new contact information to people. I expect that by next week, I should feel pretty comfortable leaving my phone in airplane mode, or completely turned off… or even just leaving it at home.

Of course I will probably elect the “airplane mode” option so I can continue to use the iPod features and any apps I have on the phone. And I can switch off airplane mode when I’m in the presence of WiFi if I want to use the internet. This is also nice in case an emergency comes up and I need to use the phone… but I expect to find better alternatives for emergencies before long.

So far, I’m not really finding this to be terribly difficult. The biggest adjustment is how to deal with answering skype phone calls — especially when I’m at work. I’ll get to that in a future post!