Yep. I pay a monthly fee to use it. How much that is I can’t quite remember right now, but about ten bucks a month sounds right.
After that though, you’re free to use it as much as you like without additional charge.
And while that might not be a big deal to you, since you seem to prefer to talk on the phone the old fashioned way, I like the direct connect service for entirely different reasons.
To begin with, I’m not a phone kind of guy. Nothing bores me or sends me into a stupor more than the idea of spending hours upon hours on the phone. Maybe back in my high school days, sure, but not now. I want to get off the phone almost the second I get on it. Tell me what you want, need, or are thinking and then get off as soon as possible please; I’ve got other things to do.
I know it’s not everyone’s style, but it’s mine. I want to get to the point and be done with it.
You want a conversation? Let’s get together and talk. It’s much more interesting and fun that way… in person.
So, phones irritate me.
Direct connect doesn’t though, because people get into a different mindset when talking on one. It’s almost as if they regress to childhood and the old walkie-talkies we had then and the ‘Roger. Over’ deal. No extraneous talk whatsoever (Mostly). You get to the point and are out. Need to confirm a time? ‘Hey, what time tonight?’. ‘Ahh, about 7:30’. ‘OK. See ya then. Thanks’.
God damn that’s better than the, ‘Hey. Howya doin.’. ‘Oh good. I’m at work and and I’m working on a project that’s due by…’
Direct connector’s don’t do that. It’s treated like important intelligence that needs to be concise and to the point. Chit-chat is for phones.
It’s one of the added benefits to the service, not to mention that it’s free (Kind of oxymoronic, in a way. That people would save the conversations for the charged per minute phone feature instead of the free-for-all walkie-talkie feature. Hmmmm.).
It’s not for everyone, but for those who like it, it’s invaluable on many different levels.
It’s not like you can’t turn it down. It’s not tough.
But some people will be rude regardless.